Angela’s coffee farm used to provide a good living for her family. But now she’s facing a crisis. The changing climate in Nicaragua means her coffee harvests are shrinking every year. But there is hope. Angela’s community is coming together as a local cooperative to share resources and knowledge and urgently protect their livelihoods. The cooperative is supported by Christian Aid’s local partner, Soppexcca. They help Angela’s community come together with lots of different initiatives and projects. One of the main ways they are helping farmers protect their livelihoods is by shifting from coffee production to climate-resistant cocoa.
At this time of year, we would usually be preparing for our annual hiking and walking events, the Sheep's Head Hike, September Stroll and Laganside Walk.
Sadly, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are unable to run these events in the usual way. But, do not fear because instead this year we want to encourage you to walk with us wherever you are! You will be joining with people across the island of Ireland in Christian Aid’s Big Walk and together we hope to walk the length of the Nicaraguan border, 2,142km.
Whether you're an intrepid trekker or even if hiking is not really your thing and you prefer the comfort of a stroll along a tarmac path you can still take part. All you need to do is pick hiking or strolling below, choose a route, as long or short as you like, invite a few friends or members of your own household (socially distanced of course) and start fundraising. As we walk together during the months of September and October, we’ll be raising money for people facing crisis around the world. People like Angela and her family in Nicaragua.