On Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast, the United Church supports the work of the Moravian Church and its development office, the Development Institute of the Moravian Church, known as ADSIM. ADSIM works with some of Nicaragua’s poorest people in remote mountain villages and along jungle rivers. It supports projects that give people genuine self-determination and improved living conditions.
The institute has long worked with farmers to improve agricultural practice and obtain better results. More recently, it has begun to work on a “patio economy”—home gardens, grown in small plots or containers, that can produce additional food and improve the health of families.
The Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean people who make up the Moravian Church are facing what they call an “invasion” of junk food. The result has been an increase in nutrition-related health problems: high blood pressure and diabetes. Children face higher incidences of asthma, allergies, and lung issues.
As a demonstration project, ADSIM has set up a garden next to its office in the city of Bilwi. Here, staff are growing fruits and vegetables—and harvesting the seeds for distribution to gardeners. They provide training and support to those interested in developing their own home garden.
Another revolving program puts a new twist on livestock distribution. ADSIM provides five hens and a rooster to families. Repayment is in kind, as the family returns the same quantity of animals from their growing flock to the program for distribution to other families.
Your Mission and Service funds are helping to support backyard farming and improved family nutrition in Nicaragua. Please continue to give generously.
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