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Discussion of Nicaraguan Folklore  July 20th

folklore 1Please join us for a reading group discussion of Nicaraguan folklore in the Seminar Room of the library, 500 Main St., on Wed., July 20, from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M. Stories and related poetry mainly from the western part of the country will be the topic. Another program primarily about folklore from the eastern coast is planned for a later date.

July 20 participants are encouraged to read some or all of the following sources listed HEREThese readings can be found on the Internet or through libraries.

This discussion is a collaboration of the Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project and the Hartford Public Library and is part of the library’s Bridging Cultures Series. Participants may bring brown bag lunches to the program. Information at kganderson@snet.net and sanderson03@snet.net.

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The Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project is a story of two cities reaching out to each other, one in Nicaragua, Central America, the other Connecticut in the United States.  It begins in 1986 when the Hartford Ocotal Sister City Project(HOSCP) was established with the help of the Capitol Region Conference of Churches and moves forward again in 1995 when the Project began providing seed money for a micro-lending program called FUNAFAM, which is based on the Grameen Bank model. Financial support from this program has helped hundreds of Ocotal women start small businesses of their own.

Over a period of 25 years HOSCP has used contributions to help fund the following programs, evolving from direct material aid to self-help initiatives:

  • Material aid shipments in conjunction with the New Haven-Leon SCP
  • Educational events
  • Helping to fund the purchase of an ambulance
  • Helping to fund the clean water project
  • Hurricane Mitch relief
  • FUNAFAM, a microcredit program based on the Grameen Bank model. Loaning small amounts of money to individuals starting small businesses
  • Health education programs in outlying areas surrounding Ocotal

Many of the founders of the HOSCP are still active in the work. The sister-city commitment does not go out of fashion, nor does it cease to inspire those involved.

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