Break With a Purpose
January 7 – 13, 2024 | Nicaragua
For BWAP 2024, we traveled to Nicaragua. This unique, immersive experience was the fruit of a partnership between Pres House and Working Capital for Community Needs, a microfinance organization that provides working capital to low-income entrepreneurs throughout Latin America. Our trip allowed us to:
- Learn first-hand how microfinance can empower people and families to transform their lives through small business generation; see Pres House investment funds directly at work
- Learn about the economy of food, textiles, coffee production, the educational system, and more
- Have conversations about wealth and poverty, impact investing, migration, religion, and more
- Hike to the top of a volcano, experience the history and beauty of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Leon, and participate in the vibrant life of Granada, Managua, and Jingotega
Previous BWAP Trips
Climate disaster has wreaked havoc on the island of Puerto Rico. Hurricanes Maria (2017), Irma (2017), and Fiona (2022) — as well as earthquakes in 2020 — caused hundreds of billions of dollars of damage to homes and infrastructure on the island, and the situation is exacerbated by ongoing U.S. colonization, slowing the recovery efforts. PDA and Techos are two organizations that offer local leadership and creative solutions to the systemic problems Puerto Rico faces.
In the wake of the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, approximately 15,000 Afghan refugees were temporarily housed at Fort McCoy (the military base between Sparta and Tomah, WI) while awaiting resettlement. As part of the operation, the US government contracted with various social service agencies and corporations to help facilitate the resettlement process and to offer hospitality to the refugees while awaiting resettlement. Our team was one of many groups who helped to offer MWR — morale, wellness, and recreation — to Afghan guests, under the leadership of Catholic Charities.