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Shaken youth and quaking Nicaragua
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San Onofre Youth Triumph Through Teamwork and Creativity

Written from the perspective of Martha Picado (JOSECHAS Peer Facilitator)

 
In March, our local AMOS youth empowerment group in San Onofre, JOSECHAS, was invited by our local MINSA department to represent the whole district of San Lorenzo, Boaco in a poster competition about HIV/AIDS.
 
We were very honored and proud to be the ones chosen to represent our district. San Onofre is a small community and our group is just a small portion of it.
 
We knew that we were supposed to be participating in a poster competition, but we had not yet received materials from MINSA to create our posters. The materials didn’t arrive until the day before we attended the competition. At 1:00 p.m. that day 18 JOSECHAS youth came together to create posters with information on all topics related to HIV/AIDS.
 
At 7:00 that night the posters and one main mural were finished. They looked terrible. The supplies we were given were very minimal. We didn’t even have crepe paper to make borders; we had to improvise and draw squiggly lines to dress up the edges.
 
MINSA had informed us they would pick 13 of us up early the next morning in one of their ambulances. We all woke early, dressed, and prepared for the ambulance to transport us to the contest. Everyone was excited, but time was passing and the ambulance wasn’t coming. 

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Health Promoter Training Postponed

 
On April 10, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that occurred just outside Managua was felt by millions all over the capital city and in many other parts of the country. Since then, residents of Managua and surrounding communities have felt many smaller and a few stronger earthquakes and tremors that have left people on edge. The government declared a "Red Alert," cancelling all city schools for two weeks and highly advising people to decrease their amount of travel to the city of Managua.
 
Due to this recent seismic activity, our first Health Promoter Training of this year was postponed by one week. No damage or injuries occurred at AMOS and work is continuing as normal. We are creating an emergency plan for helping people affected by a major earthquake if one were to happen in our area in the future. Thanks to everyone who wrote to us to make sure everyone was ok!

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