OPSEU Diablogue: Video: Inside the Nicaraguan Maquilas

OPSEU is engaged in solidarity work that extends well beyond our borders. In February we travelled with Cobourg’s Horizons of Friendship to look at development projects in Nicaragua. Our 9-part BLOG has been well received, and there is a possibility of an … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Nicaragua Day 9: “From Misery to Poverty”

MANAGUA – At 5:30 am the sun is rising over the Las Mercedes industrial park. The walkway into the park is long, at times multiple railings appear as if organizing queues for a theme park. On either side is a … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Nicaragua Day 8 – Fear of flying

MANAGUA – Outside the Managua airport we were met by a representative from the Best Western who asked about our flight. The Best Western Mercedes is located across the street from the airport, but still a van is required to … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Nicaragua Day 7: Some bumps along the road

SANTA MARTA – We were thankful for the rain. Without it we would have been forced to choose between the dust or the heat on the small Toyota bus as we made our way to Santa Marta. In Puerto Cabezas, none … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Day 5: The other Nicaragua

The lobster fisherman of Puerto Carvaza don’t take boats out and cast traps in into the sea. Instead they take groups of men out in boats to dive into the sea to catch the lobsters by hand. It may be … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Nicaragua Day 4: Love and friendship on Valentine’s Day

NANDAIME – Valentine’s Day in Nicaragua is as much about friendship as it is love. Before the day was out, we would be finding both. Nandaime is a quiet town of 40,000 residents – 20,000 in the so-called “urban area” – … Continue reading →