About The Committee
"It is heartening to see so many volunteers of such diverse
backgrounds, ages, and life experiences freely giving of their
time and energy to participate in this project. The extreme
poverty of the people we encounter on our trips reminds us how
fortunate we are, and calls us immediately to lend a hand to
alleviate their dire circumstances. Without hesitation, the
students on our trip become teachers, the businessmen grab bricks
and mortar and become builders, the women establish relationships
and become organizers and healers. Everyone takes an interest
and a responsibility.
You start out thinking you are doing well by giving to the poor,
but the reality is that that you end up taking as much as you
give. Upon returning, you realize what truly is important, and
you discover you have become a more complete and fulfilled human
purpose of Project Nicaragua is to raise people's awareness
of the needs of a third world country especially in Amatitan,
Nicaragua. Some of our parishioners have been down there to
explore these needs and to participate in various projects within
the community. For several years, our parish community has worked
with the local Students for 60,000 from Northport to help our
brothers and sisters in Nicaragua financially, spiritually,
physically and medically.
realize that our humanitarian efforts in Nicaragua, are only
the beginning of a long and necessary commitment. It is an ongoing
effort, with results that make a definitive difference in the
quality of life for those it is able to reach. Our goal is to
provide as much assistance as possible, in order to enable the
poor of Nicaragua to overcome the problems of their poverty.
We intend to continue our existing programs, and expand our
levels of aid in each of our targeted areas. We thank you for
18 houses and made major repairs to 6 others.
a water tower and distribution system for the centralized area
of Amatitan. Creating a source of clean drinking water for the
majority of Amatitan remains one of our important objectives.
the construction of a church in Amatitan. The shell was begun
many years ago but only a couple of exterior walls had bee completed.
After years of laying dormant the walls were prepared a roof
was built, doors were hung, electricity was installed and the
community finally had their long awaited place of worship. The
church is called: The Church of the Holy Spirit (La Iglesia
del Espiritu Santo.)
an economic development fund that provides micro loans up to
$300 to help residents to purchase the needed supplies to start
a sewing cooperative to serve the community and provide much
needed employment opportunities.
a medical fund to help residents purchase prescription drugs
that they could not.
donated dental supplies and coordinated a dental care program
through the local schools. This was an important first step,
although much more attention is required in this area.
6 computers with printers in the Amatitan and Chacraseca schools.
This has enabled the teachers to create much needed educational
materials to enhance the learning experience for hundreds of
for primary and secondary school have successfully increased
local school attendance. Today more than 150 students receive
assistance including 5 college level students.
the efforts of local parishioners, OLQM brought an 18 year old
Nicaraguan boy to the United States for successful retinal eye
surgery. His progressive illness had left this young man virtually
blind. Through the persistence of his sponsors and the generosity
of a famous New York eye surgeon who donated his services, this
young man's life was changed. He returned to Nicaragua with
his site restored after spending 3 months with a local family
transportation is now provided by a shared community truck.
This vehicle has saved lives by providing the only emergency
transportation available to nearby medical services for numerous
year, our staff has distributes hundreds of suitcases filled
with clothing, tools, medical supplies, books and school supplies
to this impoverished area during our annual visits. These items
have a direct impact on the lives of hundreds of local residents.
Simple items we may take for granted are treasured by the people
portion of the funds we received also helped to fund Other programs.
One such program is dedicated to helping handicapped children
in the neighboring city of Leon. This donation provided needed
equipment to assist a local organization in meeting the special
needs of these children. In addition, OLQM contributes financial
support to The Students For 60,000. This organization makes
annual trips to the neighboring area of Chacraseca to perform
many of the same services we provide in Amatitan. We have worked
together with this organization for several years to provide
assistance to the people of Nicaragua.
Victoria Ripoll-Kennis...Vice Chair
Joan Verardo.............Recording Secretary
Liz Roberts................Corresponding Secretary
All contributions to Project Nicaragua are received into a general fund for the spiritual and humanitarian needs of this impoverished region. All administrative and organizational costs are performed by unpaid volunteers, enabling our organization to devote 100% of all donated funds for the direct benefit of the people of Nicaragua.
Each expenditure is carefully planned and reviewed to ensure the maximum benefit is derived. Through the generosity of our contributors, Project Nicaragua has provided the financial assistance to educate hundreds of children, build homes for scores of families, provide safe drinking water, deliver medical supplies and services , and assist the people of Amatitan in completing the construction of their church, La Iglesia de Espiritu Santo.
Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish
53 Prospect Road
Centerport, NY 11721
Fax: (631) 757-8181