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Discussion of Rubén Darío’s Stories and Poems/ Cuentos y Poesías - April 15, 2015:

Ruben_Dario_(1915)_croppedPlease come to the next Hartford/Ocotal Sister City Project and Hartford Public Library book group program, a discussion of Rubén Darío’s Stories and Poems / Cuentos y poesías: A Dual-Language Book, edited and translated by Stanley Appelbaum and published by Dover. A leading member of the modernismo literary movement in Latin America and Spain, Darío is one of Nicaragua’s most admired poets and was also a journalist, essayist, writer of fiction, and diplomat. The discussion will be held Wednesday, April 15, from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M., in the Seminar Room of the Library, 500 Main St. The free program is part of the Library’s Bridging Cultures Series.

The book is available in local bookstores and through online booksellers. Please let us know if you would like to borrow a copy or have questions kganderson@snet.net or sanderson03@snet.net. All are welcome at the informal book discussions. Take a lunch if you wish.

 

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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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