Nicaragua: All New in Nicaragua!

Hello to all the Teach A Man To Fish Nicaragua followers! I’m Mary, and will be taking over from Rachel as the Project Officer in La Bastilla for the upcoming year.  My first week did not disappoint in terms of exciting activity and memorable experiences.  Erica from the London office is also here for the next week visiting, and introducing me to all the bits and pieces that make up this remarkable project. 

My arrival was great timing as La Bastilla Coffee Estates was celebrating its end of harvest, and I was greeted in true local style with good food, music, and company.  The best way to start any endeavor is with a little dancing, right?  It was a great way to meet the students and staff of La Bastilla, all smiling, and ready for a great year! 



A quick rundown of the week’s events include many new additions to La Bastilla.  Not only am I new to the farm, but La Bastilla also welcomes 3 new pigs, 2 newborn calves, and 1300 baby chicks!  I checked out the student bakery business by sampling some new, tasty treats, which included a delicious cheesy bread and pineapple pastry.


The Ecolodge is expecting near capacity during Semana Santa, and last Saturday welcomed a group of over 60 high school students from the city of Leon, who traveled over an entire day to visit La Bastilla School.  This week students and staff will be on vacation for Semana Santa.  Business as usual will resume next week, so I’ll let you all know what’s new then!




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