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¡ Silent scream !

Almost 2 months have passed, where we have experienced several faucets of violence. Two months in a bath of alternating emotions, between hope and disappointment, meanwhile disappointment gains more and more weight. Not only are we shown the bloody news hour upon hour on every channel without filter, but we must live it live in our streets. While they commit all these cruelties mercilessly it seems that, in the heat of the battles, they have completely forgotten about the thousands of children that surround them. It really seems like they are not part of Nicaraguan society, and that nobody thinks about the harm that they cause in the fragile psyches of the more defenseless creatures. I can only speak about the changes in our 70 children, but I imagine that for everyone it is the same, if not worse:
When our children with their little faces play, roadblocks, I look at them with one eye crying and the other smiling. But when we ask them, what it is that they want to play and they reply in a chorus: “We want to play war,” I see it as an auxiliary cry of their repressed emotions. With much concern we have noticed some changes that have crept into the souls of our girls and boys. In general they are much more restless, unfocused and more aggressive than two months ago. Several children have lost a lot of weight, and our list to indicate who needs extra vitamins is getting longer each day. When they come in the mornings, I feel I’m back 5 years ago, because the majority of them ask for breakfast. When only two months ago, they made castles, parks, houses and animals out of lego, now they make pistols and rifles. Meanwhile many of them know better how mortars are made and what they are used for, then their mathematic tables. Where before they sang children’s songs, their voices bright and clear, today they cry out rhymes with all their pain. And the worst of all, girls and boys of 6, 7 and 8 years old that have never had problems with holding their bladders, wet themselves in broad daylight.
And when they come running in the middle of the night, knocking on my door, looking for a safe place, it almost breaks my heart. And when I see them sleep, deeply in all of their innocence, my soul melts. These are just a few small examples of the tip of the iceberg, which is called a Nicaraguan childhood that suffers in silence, while their screaming environment goes up in flames.

(Priska Buchmann Scherer)

Ay Nicaragua, Nicaragüita

We have spent a wonderful day but slowly the echo of the love and joy our children spread every day, fades and mixes with the noise of bomb explosions and helicopters that fly through the sky
where you can’t even spot a single star. While people are fighting eachother they are destroying bit by bit, the dream I had for the childs in this wonderful country.

We’re suffering from chess-fever

After years of playing UNO and lottery – games, our children are suddenly enthused by chess, 😉

Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

Here we leave you a few impressions of the beautiful handicrafts our children made during Holy Week.
We wish you !HAPPY EASTER!

My work…

I first started working for the childparadise Los GUSANITOS two and a half years ago as a volunteer and I really enjoyed it. After that I got an employment contractand and was in charge of one group of children. Simultaneasly I started working on my math teachers degree during the weekends. These were verry valuable and precious experiences and the chance of a life time. Since then I learned a lot, and I am so greatful that Priska let me be a part of this beatiful paradise and trusted me.
Throughout these last few years I got to know each and every of our 40 children – their personal needs, their strengthnesses and weaknesses and all of their many different charakters. I don’t feel like my job is only giving all I’ve got, I also had the chance to mature as  person trough the difficult situations I’ve experienced with my children.
I realized quite soon, that what our children need most is dedication, love and care. That I am always there when they need me and that I will stand up for them when difficult situations arise comes really natural to me.
A few months ago Priska gave me another great opportunity by asigning me to help our children with their homework and tutor them. Through supporting our children educationally, I can gain experience for my teachers degree. I really love my new tasks an am verry greatful for this new opportunity. Pirska is not only doing a great job with all our children, but also whith us – her employees. Without my jop at Los GUSANITOS and  the great support I recievd for my studies,I could’ve never realized my dream of being a teacher.
(Ana Gisell López Martínez)