TO: Go For Hope Supporters
FROM: Joe Hafner
I’m leaving for Nicaragua August 26th for a week, and I have some specific strategic objectives for Go For Hope’s mission.
My first objective is to research, visit and “adopt” a community that is in need of, and capable of receiving educational assistance. I have received a couple of leads in addition to the communities that I’m already familiar with, but I’m sure there are unmet needs throughout the region that I should be aware of.
My second objective is to add several on-the-ground educational organizations to our network. Again, I have received a couple of potential contacts in addition to those I am already aware of, but I’m actively seeking more.
One of the cultural paradigms that I will encounter in Nicaragua is a strong bias against disappointing a guest, which can result in spoken commitments that cannot be fulfilled. With that in mind, I plan to engage with:
- a spirit of compassion and understanding for cultural differences;
- discernment in relationships and agreements;
- like-mindedness with my partners in Nicaragua in how we seek to serve.
You may follow along with my trip at www.goforhope.org/updates. Thank you for partnering with me in serving those who are most vulnerable to the injustices of poverty.