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The Christian Center for Human Rights (CCDH), an affiliate of World Renew/CRWRC, is a non-profit organization that exists to provide legal counsel and civic education classes to people and communities in Nicaragua in order to create a more just and equitable society from the bottom up. Run almost entirely on volunteer labor, lawyers and promoters with CCDH represent victims who have not been provided with proper legal representation in both criminal and civil cases,...

One of the beautiful things about Nicaraguan culture is the centrality of family in everyday life. Your family members are also your friends - and the people you get together with to have a good time. You live with your family until you are married, you play baseball with your cousins, go to the store with your sisters, and eat impromptu meals with your grandparents. You are loyal to them above all else. 

Because I lived with a Nicaraguan host family,...

The rainy season has returned, and with it the realization that I can count the weeks I have left in Nicaragua on one hand. During this time, I will travel to Jinotega to create a promotional video for one of our partners, the Christian Center for Human Rights, a Nicaraguan organization of lawyers and volunteers that trains citizens in civil education, mediates and resolves legal cases, and promotes a more just society. The video will be used to inform the...

Greetings family and friends! Much has happened in the past month:

A Season of Celebration
It’s been quite busy around our home the past few weeks: there’ve been new guests in and out of the house and a huge birthday party for my eight-year-old host brother – giant piñata and hired clown included. My teen-aged host brother and I just recently participated in a triathlon meant to encourage school kids to exercise more regularly, and I actually had him beat until the last...