Next Reading Group Program
All are invited to this Reading Group discussion scheduled on October 16, 2013:
Please come to an informal, lively discussion of Fire from the Mountain: The Making of a Sandinista by Nicaraguan author and politician Omar Cabezas, translated from Spanish by Kathleen Weaver, at the next Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project and Hartford Public Library reading group program focused on Nicaragua. The discussion will be held at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., on Wed., Oct. 16, from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M.
In this book, Cabezas writes of his experience as a young man in the Nicaraguan revolution learning about war, societal injustice, and the journey through early adulthood. His story is engaging, humorous, fast-moving, and insightful. The book is available at local libraries and from online booksellers.
Reading group discussions focused on Nicaragua on the third Wed. of the month except for Dec. are scheduled for Nov. 20, Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, and July 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M.
* * * * *
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.
* * * * * *