CUC supports many different global mission projects, medical missions and global mission trips.
Agua for Nicaragua 2 Mission
The last trip to Nicaragua was Jan. 12 to 21, 2013. Stay tuned for more updates! For more information or questions about the trip, contact Bretha Mahe, at 303-798-4556, 720-339-4556 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chocolate Therapist Bars
You can also support Agua for Nicaragua 2 by purchasing a delicious — and healthy! — Chocolate Therapist chocolate bar. We are selling three types of bars for $3 each at the Mission House. Julie Pech, owner of the Chocolate Therapist in downtown Littleton, donated the first 100 bars and is selling the rest to us at a great discount. Stop by Julie’s shop at 2560 W. Main Street for a delectable treat and thank her for her generosity. Your participation helps us get closer to our fundraising goal of $5,000 to support these vital improvements that El Porvenir plans to complete this fall.
Scope of Agua for Nicaragua 2 Mission
Children at most of Nicaragua’s elementary schools must use crude, dilapidated latrines or go into the woods each time they need to go. El Porvenir has budgeted $13,300 to improve sanitation for six rural schools. The project includes hygiene education, 18 latrines, two hand-washing stations and one well in need of rehabilitation. About 440 students in 6 schools will benefit.
Why is this project needed? Children who attend schools with proper latrines and hand-washing stations are 20% to 30% less likely to miss school than those who attend schools without these facilities, according to CARE.
The Agua 2 mission committed to raise $5,000 toward the project. H2O for Life, a Minnesota nonprofit, is contributing $5,900. El Porvenir will seek other donors to cover the balance. Click here for Fast Facts of the project’s scope, funding, and benefits.
The CUC Missions Committee has donated $2,000 to help us reach our $5,000 goal by the end of September. Stay tuned for information about Agua for Nicaragua 2 restaurant nights and a benefit concert later this summer. For more information, contact Judi Buehrer at 303-948-5587 or email@example.com.
Nicaragua Water Mission Update
At this writing, El Porvenir, our partner in the first “Agua for Nicaragua” water and sanitation mission, is still trying to get clean water to the village in El Tanque that Columbine members visited.
El Porvenir asked the local government to include our village in plans for a municipal water system that was being planned for two nearby villages. Construction of the system has begun.
We are hopeful that this solution works. If not, El Porvenir will work with a village about a mile from CUC’s village that agreed to share its water. It would require installing a pump at that village’s well and laying pipes to deliver water to a cistern at our village. El Porvenir has set aside funds for that project, in the event that the municipal project doesn’t provide sufficient water.
Mission trips to Venezuela
Through our UCC connection, Columbine folks have the opportunity to participate in trips to Venezuela with our Global Partner, the Union of Evangelical Pentecostal Churches of Venezuela. This partnership of 15 years usually sends 3 groups a year to take part in construction trips, medical missions and a youth trip. Participants come from Rocky Mountain area churches. For current information on trips planned, contact Alice Silver, 720-344-6947 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Several Columbine members have participated in these trips and could share their experiences, if you are interested. Contrary to news stories, we have never had any unpleasant or risky experiences. The hospitality we have been shown has been one of overwhelming Christian welcome.