since I can remember, my grandfather Alfredo would bring
gifts/goodies for the pueblitos (little
villages) near his farm
around Christmas time. I saw the poverty first hand and the plight of
the Nicaraguan people has always been heavy on my heart and now that
I am an adult I can actually do something about it!
“Feeding Nicaragua” is a ministry my husband (Jesse
Valencia) and I (Mayella
Haslam Valencia) had
founded in 2002.
am a native Nicaraguan and as a child I had grown up around poverty.
Most families could not afford the essential things like food,
clothing, shoes, and school uniforms for their children; they were
forced to drop out of school and work or marry at an early age to
a tender age of 15, I had my first child; however, I married and went
to live with my ex-husband’s family. It was difficult at first
because it was 5 of us and we had to sleep in one bedroom. After
struggling, at the age of 17 I was offered a position as a social
worker for a not-for-profit-organization. I accepted the position
immediately because I realized that this was my calling! My job
description was to visit the barrios (ghettos)
in order to encourage people to sign up for assistance. Needless to
say, this was heartbreaking to see children as young as 9 years of
age left behind by their parents to care for themselves and for
younger siblings. These children would beg me for food and anything
else I could provide them with. Seeing them live in houses made of
scraps of plastic or cardboard just broke my heart and brought tears
to my eyes. I knew at that moment that I personally had to make a
difference. I made a promise to me and God that when I established
myself I would do everything possible to help my people.
I decided to come to the United State and was able to obtain a good
job. Now I felt more empowered to help the Nicaraguan people! I began
to visit my mother, who still lived in Nicaragua, every year from
that point on. My new husband and I began to bring goodies – food,
candy, books, and small toys - to the children around the barrios.
Every year it has grown as my co-workers and friends made cash
donations to our cause. We are now able to supply many poverty
stricken families with sugar, rice, beans, soap, milk and the basic
essentials just to survive! We are presently feeding over 50
families each yearly trip (on
2012 we fed over 200 families).
It has been a blessing to be able to do this type of work.
2009 my mother had passed away and now I continue “Feeding
Nicaragua” in her memory. Our goal is to bring as much support to
many more families in the coming years. We are asking you today to
help us feed hungry children and families; your donation, of any
amount, will go a long way. If you are not able to help us monetarily
that's okay! You can still help us by donating toothbrush,
toothpaste, crayons, coloring books, or any school supplies.
personally guarantee that your donations will get to the families
that need it the most. I say this because there is NO middleman, my
husband Jesse, my sons and I purchase the food with your donations of
money, package all the books, crayons etc. and personally bring them
on an airplane ourselves so that we may distribute them.
Lord has giving us a loving heart for the Nicaraguan people and we
thank Him for this. We ask, once again, to stand with us by donating
any amount of money and/or supplies. Without your donation it is much
harder. Please pray and ask the Lord who you can help!
you for your loving hearts and generous assistance.