Visit Nicaragua! You'll be amazed by the geography, the people, the business opportunities, and the culture. This is a bountiful, beautiful, fun, and safe country. If you've been to Nicaragua you know this already. If not, perhaps now is the time to experience it yourself.
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Just recently, the residents at Gran Pacifica began enjoying upgraded internet services and additional TV channels after a hardware upgrade and new programming were completed. Our dedication to improvements continually represents ECI’s attitude toward building a community with a North American standard of living. The update to our infrastructure also led way to another opportunity to give back to our local community. Vida del Mar, the rental company at Gran Pacifica, donated TVs, and DVD/VHS entertainment centers to schools in the area.
In the spirit of giving, the “Chair the Love” foundation made their second trip to Nicaragua and delivered approximately $45,000 worth of wheelchairs and equipment to those in need. 250 wheelchairs were presented in Managua and another 30 were presented at the Roberto Clemente III Medical Clinic. We are honored to help this amazing foundation who has delivered one million wheelchairs in the last 13 years, and still counting!
Another NGO group who volunteers in Nicaragua piqued our interest this year, “Global Glimpse”. Holly Wilson, Gran Pacifica’s Corporate Social Responsibility Director, was invited to participate in their program last month which focuses on “experiential learning”. Experiential learning is a process of asking students to "step outside their comfort zone" by walking in another person's shoes, and trying new things using academic exercises. After returning to the U.S., the students act as Alumni Ambassadors in their own communities. Global Glimpse does a tremendous job teaching young adults critical thinking abilities, independence, and compassion.
I would like to mention another wonderful and compassionate volunteer, Weslingc Rojas, an employee of Gran Pacifica and an English teacher for a Canadian NGO called “Rio del Cambio”. This NGO group not only built an education center in Citalapa, but also supports the community with a Farmers Cooperative, sewing machines, school supplies, and English classes. Weslingc has been teaching English for two years now, and understands that with tourism growing in Nicaragua, his community will have more opportunities in the future if they learn English. I wish success to Weslingc and the community members of Citlapa.
Nicaragua is continually gaining global attention. In late July, Calibre Mining Corporation announced commencement of their first drilling program in the Primavera Gold-Copper Porphyry district since 2012. Drilling will be guided by recommendations made by Dr. Richard Sillitoe, one of the world’s foremost porphyry experts. This is an exciting project, and has the potential to bring jobs and valuable resources to the country.
Life continues to improve here in Nicaragua. If you haven’t visited us at Gran Pacifica yet, I hope you will make plans to do so. You’ll be glad you did!
Until next time,
"Michael Cobb, you have truly brought ethical behavior to an elevated level. Nine years ago when I was negotiating with you on lot 84A I asked about the houses in the area in front of us and you replied we were the first lots in our area that were permitted to have two stories. That was important to Tom and I as we wanted to preserve our view. Last year when the lot across the street was resold and building plans started, I asked Kent Payne to check and see that only a one story house was allowed on the lot. To my surprise, this was not the case. I prayed they would not build a two-story house. Yesterday Tom was informed by Kent that as the house plans on the lot across were of the two story variety, you had offered to trade their lot for a more expensive and valuable lot in order to honor your word! The Cinco Amigos thank you for your ethics in a country in which many other developers have taken the easy way to their own destruction and to the harm of many others. You have raised the bar and we all appreciate your honor. I am proud to be associated with Gran Pacifica and with you."
Connie Orlandini, Gran Pacifica Property Owner