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Shoes for Nicaragua


The city of Pittsburgh has a special bond with Nicaragua, going all the way back to the Chamorro presidency in 1990. Since then, the Pittsburgh Rotary has sponsored a number of service projects there, including the establishment of three medical clinics. And a different project called “Shoes for Nicaragua”, is now in its sixth year.

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Sacuanjoche - Nicaragua’s National Flower

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Also called the “May Flower”, the gorgeous Sacuanjoche (Plumeria Rhubra) was adopted as Nicaragua's national flower in 1971. Though different varieties of this flower are seen throughout the country, the most characteristic of the Nicaraguan culture is the variety with white petals and a yellow center.

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Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Nicaragua

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The beautiful country of Nicaragua is located in Central America and is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It’s known for its breathtaking landscapes of lakes, volcanoes, primitive beaches, and some pretty amazing facts!

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Dear Friend,

It’s the season for giving thanks and being grateful for all of our many blessings, including the wonderful people around us.

I so appreciate stories of blessings like this one. In the 1990s, the Pittsburg Rotary established an ongoing project called “Shoes for Nicaragua” which gives much-needed shoes to the children in the rural areas of Nicaragua. The concept works like this: Families in America send their gently-worn children’s shoes they have outgrown to the children in Nicaragua who could use them. It’s an on-going cycle of giving and receiving where everyone benefits.

As many of you who have traveled to or lived in Nicaragua are aware, the country has an abundance of natural beauty. In 1971, Nicaragua adopted the Sacuanjoche (Plumeria rubra) as their national flower. There are many different varieties of the fragrant Sacuanjoche, and all are absolutely stunning.

Along with an abundance of natural beauty, Nicaragua has a truly fascinating heritage and history. For example, did you know the country has over 500 miles of coastline and 21 volcanoes? Fascinating indeed!

In closing, on behalf of my family and myself, we would like to extend our kindest thoughts and warmest wishes to you and yours on this very special time.

Michael K. Cobb