Círculo de Amigas
Círculo de Amigas is looking for donations of gently used laptop computers. Please contact Pat McCully (circuloocuucorg) if you would like to make a donation.
The story of Círculo de Amigas (Circle of Friends) is the story of how one woman’s resolve to teach a group of rural Nicaraguan women to sew has grown to encompass much more than just clothing bodies. Today Círculo is improving health; stimulating minds; building homes; empowering communities; and even saving the rain forest!
Círculo’s work takes place in Jinotega, Nicaragua, a small mountain community about four hours north of the Nicaraguan capital, Managua. Their mission is to alleviate poverty in Nicaragua by helping women acquire skills and tools needed to improve their lives; enabling children to go to school; providing community health services; and giving direct aid to victims of severe family hardship or regional crisis.
In early 2005, Círculo found a new sponsoring organization in Centro de Estudios y Promoción Social (CEPS), a Nicaraguan social service agency. CEPS is headed by Dr. Leonel Arguello, a highly respected leader in the areas of public health, education and community development, who has spent a career bringing social services to the poorer communities of Nicaragua. Like Círculo, CEPS works to promote an increased self reliance among local community members such that the community is increasingly capable of improving its own health and prosperity.