The threat the library, the HJH foundation and most of San Juan del Sur face is severe and economic. The American Embassy required all resident families to leave the country and requested that non-essential staff leave as well on April 22nd. No one has been cleared to return. The State Department has issued a level three warning “Reconsider Travel” to Nicaragua.
Except for the lack of people on the streets in Sunny San Juan without all the social media information and Facebook one would think it was business as usual. Tours and groups and the usual summer season of service work have come to a complete halt. Hotels and restaurants are closed and have laid off many workers as we are in our sixth week of this turmoil, country wide.
Schools have been open in most cities and towns. The mobile library is being allowed to function everywhere. The library remains open and is functioning as a resource center. The Rotary school water and sanitation projects are still functioning but no celebrations or group meetings are allowed in schools for fear of crowds.
We believe it is vital to keep the library open and be able to provide the mobile services, especially now during the instability and unrest facing Nicaragua. Without additional funds this will not be possible. The funds needed now are for basics: salaries, rent, electricity and vehicle fuel etc...
No international travel is happening and we are not able to host, plan or promote service group travel into the foreseeable future. The HJH foundation’s areas of sustainability besides donations are nonexistent. Donations are really important right now and have always been our major means of support. Please help. If you generally donate to the Program please do so now. If you haven’t thought to do so yet, this would be the moment! We are trying to bring a Matching grant into play now but so far have not found a matching donor. Please contribute as though it were a matching grant. We are hopeful this will be the case