Jubilee House Community & the Center for Development in Central America
The Bucknell Brigade has made a special connection with the members of the Jubilee House Community (JHC), an intentional community of people from the United States dedicated to helping the Nicaraguan people. JHC was originally located in North Carolina to help the poor with issues such as hunger, homelessness, and domestic violence. In 1994, understanding the need for sustainable development projects in Central America, they chose to accept an invitation to work in partnership with poor people in Nicaragua and moved to the outskirts of Managua.
Once there, JHC staff worked with Nicaraguans to form the Center for Development in Central America and began work in sustainable development areas such as organic agriculture and microenterprise. However, Hurricane Mitch soon changed the focus of its work. After the government moved people to Nueva Vida, JHC found itself just down the road from a resettlement camp of thousands of impoverished and displaced families. The agency could not help but become involved in the relief efforts to aid their neighbors.
While the Bucknell Brigade and other volunteer delegations are in Nicaragua, JHC serves as the host agency, coordinating work projects and offering invaluable insights about community development, culture, history, and politics. The non-governmental organization provides helpers not only with shelter for the volunteers, beds, transportation, and a comfortable atmosphere in which to learn and serve others, but an incredible cross-cultural experience increases awareness and a sense of connection among first and third world communities.
For more information about our host agency, Visit: www.jhc-cdca.org
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