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When a man acts, he pronounces himself to the world. When a man who has become a leader enriches himself and his family at the expense of his followers, he is a syphon; When a man speaks words that betray reality, he is a liar; When a man sees himself as the only answer to … Continue reading When A Man
“Free, only want to be free, We huddle close, Hang on to a dream.”  –America by Neil Diamond There’s no shortage of patriotic music today, July 4.  From God Bless America sung by Kate Smith to America by Simon and Garfunkle,  America the Beautiful by Ray Charles, God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood, I’ve heard songs all day … Continue reading They’re Coming to America
Food production in times of COVID-19 René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] Aid that entraps On one occasion I talked with a former director of a European aid agency. -We are bringing in a donation of rice for Central America, so that people would let go of their native seed and end up buying rice seed from our … Continue reading Food production in times of COVID-19
May: The Power of Communities René Mendoza Vidaurre   We were waiting for you like the “rain showers of May”,said the girls as they hugged their grandparents. The fifth month of the year is called “May” in honor of Maya, one of the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione from Greek mythology; “Maia”, goddess of … Continue reading May: The Power of Communities
The following pronouncement appeared as a paid advertisement in the Saturday, May 9, 2020 edition of La Prensa. The next day, six former Nicaraguan Ministers of Health  sent a joint letter to the WHO and the PAHO warning about the lack of response on the part of the government to the pandemic; and COSEP issued … Continue reading Pronouncement from Health Professionals in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nicaragua
Medardo Mairena challenges the Army of Nicaragua: “Allow international human rights organization to go to the territories” by Leonor Álvarez  in La Prensa, May 9, 2020 [original Spanish] Users of social network reacted to the demand of the Army, that asked that they present proof of the supposed participation of the Army in the repression … Continue reading Medardo Mairena challenges the Army of Nicaragua: “Allow international human rights organization to go to the territories”
“The snowball is starting to roll downhill” but still “swimming against the current” WPF has been involved with farming cooperatives in Nicaragua for over 20 years. In 2011 WPF undertook an extensive study of cooperatives in Nicaragua, and we continue to learn and work with them. When I think about where our work with cooperatives … Continue reading “The snowball is starting to roll downhill” but still “swimming against the current”
Drinking coffee as an act for peace in times of polarization Nicaragua is once again extremely polarized. It is enough to compare different posts on our nica-update to see diametrically opposed views of the ongoing crisis. We post them not to imply that each perspective is equally true, but rather to recognize that important segments … Continue reading Drinking coffee as an act for peace

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CONCEPT PAPER:SYNERGY CENTER
WPF concept paper final Jan 2014

For an introduction to this Concept Paper,
see CEO Steve Sheppard’s Jan. 31, 2014 blog post titled
The Difficult Work of Bridges.

Synergy Center - What isSynergy Center What is being synergized