Casualities of the social unrest in Nicaragua

Tourism, Nicaragua's 3rd largest industry (San Juan del Sur's #1 revenue source) has literally been wiped out overnight. 90% of all travel planned and bookings to Nicaragua were canceled and hotel occupancy rates have fallen below 8%. In the San Juan del Sur area, nearly half of all business have shut their doors either temporarily or permanently. This is not isolated only to the small or weak at heart. Even the mightiest of ships have gone down in the fury. Mukul, Nicaragua's premier 5 star Ocean Front resort backed by Pellas Group and Luxury Auberge Resorts Collection announced Friday that it will close its operations indefinitely leaving over 500 local Nicaraguans unemployed.

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Dear Supporters- it is with with regret, but also satisfaction about our achievements that we have decided that it time to close the Nicaragua Children’s Foundation.

Political instability in Nicaragua has made it increasingly difficult to deliver programs and services on the ground. We have managed to do so on a reduced scale for the last few years but the situation has worsened and continued meaningful operations is no longer an option.

We would like to express our deep appreciation to the many friends, supporters, volunteers and contributors
who have worked closely with us over the years.  None of this would have been possible without you.

Finally a huge gracias to our dear friend and and Nicaragua agent Veronica and to all of our friends and supporters in Nicaragua. We have learned so much from you all.

Mona and Allan Donovan
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