Next Reading Group Program

All are invited to this Reading Group discussion scheduled on April 16, 2014:

The Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project and the Hartford Public Library invite you to an informal reading and discussion of The Güegüense on Wed., April 16, from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M., at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St.

The Güegüense is an early Native American short, funny play about resistance with tricks and puns to Spanish colonizers in Nicaragua. There the farce is widely known and frequently performed with music and dancing. UNESCO has declared The Güegüense an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Participants will be invited to read aloud parts of the play, and video of recent performances in Nicaragua with folkloric music and dancing will be shown. The program is part of the Library’s Bridging Cultures Series. Feel free to take a brown bag lunch.

If you would like a copy of the play to read ahead of time or have questions, please Email kganderson@snet.net or sanderson03@snet.net .


Kate and Sherwood Anderson

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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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