Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, behind Haiti. The climate sees temperatures and humidity both in the 90s. More than one hectare (1,200) of trees are cut down every week just for cooking fires, with very little replanting. “Cooking over an open fire indoors in shacks not only causes health and lung problems, but people spend all day looking for trees, Women often get raped or abused when they are in the forest looking for trees.” They spend so much time cooking they can’t focus on building the economy, they can’t look for a job. Then there is the environmental issue. By cutting so many mangrove trees, the whole ecosystem is incomplete.”With your help we can collect funds to pay for solar cookers at $25 each, and water pasteurizers at $10 each.”
How does solar cooking work
Solar cookers have a reflective surface and use energy from sunlight. Within a few minutes, temperatures reach 100 degrees, and can get as hot as 300 degrees. Bread and eggs are easy to cook, and you can bake or roast foods for longer periods of time, like you would in a crockpot.
Help the see turtles
NICARAGUA SEA TURTLES Nicaragua's beaches are home to four species of sea turtles, the hawksbills, olive ridleys, leatherbacks, and greens and they are found in waters off both coasts in both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Of particular importance is a newly discovered nesting area for the critically endangered hawksbill, one of only two known areas of this magnitude in the entire Eastern Pacific, as well as two major olive ridley arribada nesting beaches on the Pacific coast. Nicaragua Sea Turtle Species Olive Ridley: Nest on 2 major arribada beaches on the Pacific coast including the La Flor area near San Juan Del Sur. Hawksbill: The Caribbean waters of Nicaragua are an important foraging area including the Pearl Cays just off Nicaragua's Caribbean coast. They also nest in small numbers on the Pacific with one major nesting area for the critically endangered Eastern Pacific hawksbill on the Northern Pacific coast at Estero Padre Ramos. Green: Nicaragua's Caribbean waters are one of the world's most important foraging areas for greens. They also nest in small numbers on the Pacific coast. Leatherback: Occasionally nest along the Pacific coast and they can also be found in deep Caribbean waters off Nicaragua's coast.
Padre Ramos is a mangrove estuary located on the Northwest Pacific coast of Nicaragua. An area of intense natural beauty, it has been protected as a nature reserve since 1983. The reserve consists of more than 28,000 hectares of mangrove, beaches, coral reefs, and coastal areas. This beach is one of the last two major nesting beaches for the Eastern Pacific population of hawksbill turtles. This area was only recently discovered by scientists and comprises almost half of all known hawksbill nesting in the region. The conservation program at Padre Ramos is managed by a partnership between Flora & Fauna International, ICAPO, and local community organizations. In 2010, more than 300 nests were protected and 25,000 hatchlings released. The turtle eggs are protected through an innovative program that pays local residents to collect the eggs and bring them to a protected hatchery.