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See how women are brave leaders amidst the pandemic

POSTED June 29, 2020

See how women are brave leaders amidst the pandemic

Find out how women are making a difference inside and outside our programs

By María Isabel López, country director, Nicaragua

Worker hands mom emergency hygiene kit, while child holds education kit
Whether running a household with little resources, or helping others, women are leading with courage during the pandemic in Nicaragua

The pandemic has impacted us all dramatically, but today I want to acknowledge the strength and courage thousands of Nicaraguan women are displaying through this uncertainty.

I recall the story of Arlen, a mother-of-three from one of our program areas, whom, in the midst of the pandemic, must go out daily to sell a traditional snack so she can earn enough to feed her kids.

Arlen’s story touched my heart and made me think of the thousands of “Arlens” in Nicaragua who rely on informal work to earn an income. I’m convinced Arlen is driven by something stronger than fear; she’s most certainly driven by her love for her children.

We’re committed to providing help to Arlen and others like her. In fact, thanks to support from our donors, we’ve delivered 2,000 food packages, 5,000 hygiene kits and 16,000 school packages, to families in critical need.

Indeed, whether receiving help or providing help, women — the heart of so many homes — are at the frontline of this pandemic.

Meanwhile, our partners’ executive directors, program coordinators and volunteers — all mostly women — are leading our humanitarian response. Amid fear, they’re innovating through technology to support families and children. They’re communicating with communities through WhatsApp and Facebook, while strengthening local partner connections in virtual meetups on Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Every day, these women balance uncertainty about their own lives and families while ensuring children we help are protected, healthy and educated. 

Today, more than ever, I feel inspired, committed and amazed by these ladies living within and outside the communities we help. In the midst of a great challenge, they’re embracing life with a vision of hope for a better future.

Nicaragua’s frontline women are living the words of author and motivational speaker, Simon Sinek, who wrote: “The goal is not simply for you to cross the finish line, but to see how many people you can inspire to run with you.”

A big thank you to our local heroes.

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