Nica Projects embraces the responsibility of enhancing the local Nicaraguan community as a fundamental requirement to build a sustainable development. We have a vision of Tamarindo Beach being a town where cultural blend of the good aspects of Nicaraguan and North American social fabric exists. Our goal is to create a community. We are driven to improve the lives of the people that Tamarindo Beach & Ocean estates affect. We look forward to intergrating more and more, as the project moves ahead.
Since arriving in Leon in 2006, the Tamarindo Beach & Ocean Estates project has:
- Hired Nicaraguans. Nica Projects is committed to reducing the unemployment as much as possible.
- Graded the road to the local school at Company expense. The school bus can now more easily take the children to the school during the wet period. The salt & shrimp farming areas are much more accessible as a result of our roadwork.
- Committed to refurbishing four (4) public parks in the City of Leon. Nica Projects has taken responsibilty to clean and enhance these parks in Leon.
- Built a new three (3) mile road, then gave this road to the community. Nica Projects purchased a section of land on high ground, built a new road, then gave the road to the community. This solved an island access problem for many. There has not been a new road built in this area for many years. The community is grateful.
- Assisted in providing water to the local school. The water pipes were already laid but the water had never been provided. For the first time, the students are able to flush toilets and turn on the water tap.
- Sponsored a baseball team in Leon. In April 2007, the new Tamarindo Beach baseball team played their first game in new black, gold and white uniforms. More is coming on this national sports passion.
- Assistance in promotion of funds to pave the municipal road from the Pan America Highway to the coastal town of Salinas Grandes. In June 2007, the funds became available to the rural society and the roadwork is to go ahead. The schedule is grading in 2007 and paving in 2008.
- 1.5 years of private research on area land titles to municipality. Three Nica Projects staff have worked full time collecting title documents detailing the island area land titles. We have presented this information to many levels of municipal authorities in pursuit of improving their database on correct land registrations.
- Provided a gasoline account at Nica Projects expense for government road equipment. We prepaid a diesel fuel account for road equipment to grade roads after the 2006 rainy season.
- Been respectful of Nicaraguan environmental process. We have patiently respected the environmental process and not developed our land till the proper authorities have reviewed such at their leisure.
- Supported school improvement programs. Nica Projects is working with Coffee Bean Company of California, and has committed to contribute to adopting a classroom in Leon, and assisting with basic school supplies.
In cooperation with the Brotherhood of The Americas Our Lady of Roc-o, Split Bean Coffee of California has adopted a classroom at the Mariano Dubon Pre-school in Leon, Nicaragua.
As part of our community outreach efforts, we are helping the staff purchase school supplies for the children and have sent money to purchase books, and school supplies (coloring books, short story books, pencils, crayons and arts and crafts) to the children.
As soon as pictures of our donations at work are received, the pictures and letters will be posted on the Split Bean Coffee weblog at www.splitbeancoffee.com. If you are interested in donating, contact
or by calling 1-309-210-8449.