This article comes from “The CEPAD Report,” a quarterly newsletter highlighting the work in communities supported by CEPAD (Council of Protestant Churches of Nicaragua). CEPAD is a mission partner supported with funds by the Church in the World committee and through a partnership facilitated by Highland Presbyterian Church’s Nicaragua Mission Team.
Drought struck Nicaragua in 2014 like never before. Every month saw 20 to 50 percent less rainfall than normal, and the effects were dev- astating. In the driest parts of Nicaragua, which includes most of CEPAD’s partner communities, the lack of rainfall contributed to a drop in crop production of up to 75 percent.
We can’t change the weather, but we can respond! In partnership with ACT Alliance and Episcopal Relief and Development, CEPAD pro- vided irrigation and water collection tools, food and seeds to more than 600 families.
Hermelinda Urbina in the community Naco- scolo was among the first to receive an emergen- cy food packet and a new water tank to collect water and irrigate her farm.
“We haven’t had a good harvest in two years, and we couldn’t have survived without CEPAD,” she said. “Thanks to CEPAD we have food to eat until it starts to rain in May.”
Thank you for your prayers and donations for Nicaraguans fighting drought. With your help, we’ll be with them every step of the way.
Learn more by downloading the Spring edition of The CEPAD Report.