What is Happening in Nicaragua?

 

For the past two months, the State of Nicaragua has resorted to lethal force and violent tactics in an effort to shut down dissent, resulting in at least 200 killed, another 2500 injured and countless others detained.

WHAT ARE THE REASONS FOR THESE CIVIL PROTESTS, WHO ARE THE PARTICIPANTS AND WHAT ARE THEIR DEMANDS?

Come and find out more at a public meeting with two young Nicaraguan women travelling through Europe as part of  an informational caravan of solidarity.  Hear them speak and discuss their lives and aspirations in the current Nicaraguan situation.

Jessica Cisneros: A young activist who fights for the inclusion and citizen participation of young people in different social spheres in Nicaragua.

Yerling Aguilera : A young sociologist, teacher and social researcher who has dedicated herself to the study of the memories of the Nicaraguan Revolution and gender issues.

TUESDAY  10th JULY 2018  7pm-9pm, SHEFFIELD QUAKER MEETING HOUSE, 10 St James Street Sheffield S1 2EW

Further events in this speaking tour will be taking place in Brighton, London, Northumbria University and Edinburgh.  For details please get in touch.

 

More information about the current situation available here:

Inter American Commision on  Human Rights Condemns Increased Violence in Nicaragua press release 13th June 2018

Amnesty International latest response to human rights violations by Nicaraguan government 22nd June 2018

Latest from BBC news 24th June 2018

Observer editorial 17th June 2018

Call to Solidarity_ to the international feminst community from the Feminist Articulation of Nicaragua (English version)/  Llamado a la solidaridad feminista (Spanish version)

SOS Nicaragua UK, part of SOS Nicaragua Europe

Alternative views on the situation from the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign

 

Dance for Estelí

Come and join us for a spin and a whirl on Sunday 1st July at the Broomhall Centre in Sheffield, with our wonderful friends from the Well Dressed Band.

Doors open 7pm, tickets are £8,£7 or £6, free for under 16s!

All your galloping, skipping and clapping will help us  raise funds towards supporting our partner projects in Estelí, working with young people in music, theatre, gender issues, language learning and environmental citizenship.

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Unrest in Nicaragua, April 2018

We are aware of recent events in Nicaragua and in particular receive information from our twin town in Estelí. We deplore the shocking events and the use of violence, which have seen protesting students shot dead in the streets of Estelí and other cities. They were protesting peacefully about the proposed introduction to cuts in social security for older people and the disabled, many of whom fought for the revolution and the Sandinista movement in the 1980s. Some say that Nicaragua is moving away from democracy, disregarding the wishes of many people and censoring the media. The Nicaraguans who have made contact with the people of Sheffield have asked first and foremost that their voices be heard, and that their struggle for democracy be recognised. We welcome the retracting of the social security reforms and the introduction of a national dialogue. We condemn the use of violence against peaceful protestors and ask that the mediators, as has been promised , are allowed to do their work peacefully and with cooperation from the government .

Estelí Parade

A great crowd of people gathered in Sheffield on 23rd March 2018 to mark over thirty years of friendship between Sheffield and the Nicaraguan town of Estelí.  The focus of the celebration was the naming of Estelí Parade, a new cycle route and riverside path in the middle of Sheffield.

The mayors of both cities, Francisco Valenzuela and Anne Murphy, attended the event together with Guisell Morales and Ricardo Carioni from the Nicaraguan Embassy.  Francisco Valenzuela paid tribute to the love, solidarity and friendship of the people of Sheffield that has been expressed through the twinning since the 1980s.  He went on to highlight the importance of Estelí Parade as a point of reference symbolising friendship and his comments were echoed by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield and many other participants in the event.

We were thrilled to welcome so many people to this event, the culmination of many years of campaigning and organising, to recognise our historic twinning on the streets of our city.  Sheffield Live covered the event too and you can watch an interview with Mayor Valenzuela and Ricardo Carioni, deputy ambassador of Nicaragua to the UK, here.

 

Information Meeting for 2018 Delegation 17th April

If you have been thinking about joining the Sheffield to Esteli delegation in November 2018, don’t miss the Information Meeting on Tuesday 17th April, where you can find out more and talk to some of the people who went on the last trip in 2014.

The meeting will be held at 7pm-9pm at The Princess Royal, 43 Slinn St, Sheffield S10 1NW

All are welcome to come along and find out more.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to apply to join the delegation, please download the application form, fill it in and send back to us on email by 31st May 2018.

 

Application Form for Sheff to Esteli Delegation Nov2018

 

 

Ride for Nicaragua 2018!

Come and join us on Sunday 20th May for the Sheffield-Estelí annual Two Peaks Bike Ride

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We look forward to welcoming more intrepid riders to help us raise funds for our partner projects in Estelí.

This year there will once again be 3 different signed and marshalled rides, all setting out from Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club, off Ecclesall Road, Sheffield.

The routes are:

50 miles for those that want a challenging ride through Ringinglow, Hathersage, Bretton, Tideswell, Peak Forest, Mam Tor, Edale, Hope, Yorkshire Bridge, Stanage and Burbage, avoiding main roads where possible. The Edale lunch stop and marshalling point will enjoy its second year at Ruskin Villa, a mile outside the village on the right, as you’ll see in your ride guide.   Set off between 8am and 9am.

20 miles for those who want an easier but still hilly bike ride through  Burbage, Hathersage, and back under Stanage. Set off between 8am and 9am

10 miles for people who don’t cycle as regularly and children. It is a leisurely, safe ride and goes through Endcliffe Park & Porter Brook to the Alpaca Farm in Ringinglow, and back through Forge Dam. Set off between 9am  and 10am

Prices are:  individuals £20, concessions and students £7, children £5, children with sponsorship form £3

Sponsorship: We don’t ask for sponsorship but donations over and above the registration fee are welcome.  Experience has shown us that children often get more involved if they are collecting sponsorship!

Please note: Registration and starting point for all rides is once again at the Hallamshire Squash and Tennis Club at 716 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield S11 8TA, just before the Rustlings Road entrance to Ecclesall Park. We are most grateful to them for hosting us.

Register at eventbrite and pay on the day.

Download your Ride Guide in advance to get familiar with your route before the day or check the QR codes and route plans here:

 

SES Bike Ride 50 mile Ride Guide 2018

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Route plan 50 miles

 

SES Bike Ride 20 mile Ride Guide 2018

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Route plan 20 miles

 

 

SES Bike Ride 10 mile Ride Guide 2018

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Route plan 10 miles

Twin Cafe are back and tastier than ever!

Twin Cafe was started in 2014 by Sam, Tom and Sarah. They began to import green coffee from a small farmer’s co-operative in Miraflor, a nature reserve north of Estelí in Nicaragua. They paid the farmers a premium for the coffee. The coffee was then roasted and packaged in Sheffield at a local roasters. At the time they were all students at the University of Sheffield and were motivated by the idea of creating a coffee company that benefited the communities where the coffee is grown and and also where it’s sold. Their idea was to pay farmers the best possible price and to give the profits to social projects working with young people in both Sheffield and Estelí. They knew next to nothing about starting a business but were ready to give it a shot!

Four years later, they’ve sold over 12,000 bags of delicious coffee, given over £2,000 to local charities and bought over 4 tonnes of green coffee from farmer’s at a premium price.

Thankfully, after some changes in the original team and life getting in the way as it has a tendency to do, a serendipitous meeting with Twin Cafe’s coffee roasters led to a local couple, Anne and Jeff, hearing about the project and wanting to get involved.  Anne and Jeff are getting Twin Cafe going again.

Almost everyone who’s been involved with this project has been motivated by the idea of finding a fairer way to do business; one that’s rooted in local communities and treats everyone, from customers to producers, equally. We are huge fans of Twin Cafe and hope that you, like us, will carry on supporting them.

If you’d like to get your hands on some of their delicious coffee just head over to Twin Cafe’s online shop which is back up and running again!

You can also check out their blog with stories from the growers, Anne and Jeff and the development of Twin Cafe from its earliest incarnation here.

      

Street Naming Celebration

We are delighted to anounce that Friday 23rd March will see the naming of ESTELI PARADE, a new cycle route and riverside path in the heart of Sheffield, as a celebration of over 30 years of friendship between Sheffield and Estelí.  The new route runs along the river Don and stretches from Lady Bridge on the Wicker to the bridge at Millsands.

We are equally delighted that the Mayor of Estelí, the Nicaraguan Ambassador and the Lord Mayor of Sheffield will take part in the ceremony.

This event is taking place thanks to the kind support of Irwin Mitchell, Students for Estelí and the University of Sheffield and Autism Plus.

This event is ticketed.  If you would like to attend on behalf of your organisation, group or for personal interest please book your ticket at this Eventbrite link.

Esteli Parade board

The Volcanoes of Nicaragua- Public lecture- 27th September

 

Come and hear Dr Tom Pering from the University of Sheffield Geography department as he describes his work with active lava lakes and monitoring stations of the chain of volcanoes that make up the dragon like, central backbone of Nicaragua.  Also attending will be the Nicaraguan Ambassador to the UK, Guisell Morales-Echaverry, who will share insights into the importance of these magnificent natural structures to the environment and tourism industry of the country.

This event is organised in partnership between Students for Estelí and the Sheffield Estelí Society.

Wednesday 27th September, 3pm.  Sheffield University Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 6.

12 Bolsover Street in Sheffield S3 7NA

Free admission

 

Ride for Nicaragua 2017!

Count down to the Sheffield-Estelí Bike Ride on Sunday May 21st

We are thoroughly looking forward to welcoming you on this year’s ride.  The forecast is looking good and the Peaks are looking splendid!

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Sheffield has been twinned with Estelí, in Nicaragua, for 30 years and we support a number of youth projects in Estelí through our bike ride.

This year, as in 2016, there will be 3 different rides:

50 miles for those that want a challenging ride through Ringinglow, Hathersage, Bretton, Tideswell, Peak Forest, Mam Tor, Edale, Hope, Yorkshire Bridge, Stanage and Burbage, avoiding main roads where possible. The Edale lunch stop and marshalling point will enjoy its second year at Ruskin Villa, a mile outside the village on the right, as you’ll see in your ride guide.   Set off between 8am and 9am.

20 miles for those who want an easier but still hilly bike ride through  Burbage, Hathersage, and back under Stanage. Set off between 8am and 9am

10 miles for people who don’t cycle as regularly and children. It is a leisurely, safe ride and goes through Endcliffe Park & Porter Brook to the Alpaca Farm in Ringinglow, and back through Forge Dam. Set off between 9am  and 10am

Prices are:  individuals £20, concessions and students £7, children £5, children with sponsorship form £3

Sponsorship: We don’t ask for sponsorship but donations over and above the registration fee are welcome.  However, we feel that children may be more involved if they collect sponsorship .

Please note: Registration is once again at the Hallamshire Squash and Tennis Club at 716 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield S11 8TA, just before the Rustlings Road entrance to Ecclesall Park. We are most grateful to them for hosting us.

Register and pay on the day.  More info through British Cycling here.

Download your Ride Guide in advance to get familiar with your route before the day.

SES Bike Ride 10 mile Ride Guide 2017

SES Bike Ride 20 mile Ride Guide 2017

SES Bike Ride 50 mile Ride Guide 2017