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Christmas 2022 fundraiser – How do I make a donation?

At this moment there are 219+ political prisoners in Nicaragua. We are organizing our yearly Christmas crowdfunder (10 December ’22 – 10 January ’23) to help their families care for them with food packages, hygene products, and medicine.

There are two ways in which you can make your donation to our fundraiser:

  • By PayPal or credit card: in Euros here and US Dollars here – thank you! If you’re in the UK, you can also donate at this GoFundMe page in Pound sterling: https://gofund.me/2ac48749 
  • You may also make a direct bank transfer to account no. (IBAN): NL34 ABNA 0629 480 478 on behalf of Stichting Lleca (this may be cheaper than PayPal if you are in the EU). If needed for international transfers here is the BIC/Swift of the account: ABNANL2A and the full bank address: ABN AMRO N.V. // Gustav Mahlerlaan 10 // 1082 PP Amsterdam // The Netherlands.

Please also consider the option of a monthly donation, this really helps the families most in need of structural support (see more information below).

THANK YOU for your solidarity!

Stichting Lleca is the registered Dutch non-profit that handles the donations to the Nicaragua Libre Sin Presxs Politicxs campaign, which is why on PayPal you will also see them as the receiver of your PayPal donation.

Monthly donations

Monthly donations allow us to provide more structural help to the families that most need it. In order to become a supporter of our monthly program you ‘adopt’ a political prisoner by pledging the equivalent of 30 US dollars per month. You can also share the care of a political prisoner with another person if you are not able to pledge the full 30 per month. In either case, please send us an email at nicaraguasinpresxs@gmail.com after making your first monthly donation. You will then receive information about ‘your’ political prisoner, including the possibility to be in touch directly with their supporting family member. Thank you so much!

Remember that you can make donations as big or small as you like or are able to give. Every donation helps! “Juntos somos un volcán” – together we are a volcan, as they say in Nicaragua!

If you need a formal receipt of your donation for taxes, drop us an email.

You can also help us out by sharing our campaign

Spread the word to spread the solidarity! Please feel free to share our platform, information on political imprisonment in Nicaragua, and the stories of the political prisoners we post during our campaigns to your social media. Use the hashtags #NavidadSinPresxsPoliticxs #LibertadYa #SOSNicaragua and/or #LibertadparalosPresosPoliticos to help us reach a wider audience. Sharing is caring! 🙂

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Would you like to organize an (online) event or information meeting to call attention to the situation of human rights violations and political imprisonment in Nicaragua? We can help you with speakers, including former political prisoners, family members of current political prisoners, information materials and logistics! Don’t hesitate to drop us an e-mail at nicaraguasinpresxs@gmail.com and we will be in touch a.s.a.p. – thank you!

We are always looking for designers and artists to help us push the campaign to a broader audience. Would you like to be a part of our team? Write us, we’d be very happy to have you!

Current campaign updates

With the campaign kicking off, we have already received pledges from a number of solidarity organisations. Would you also like to organize an event or pledge a recolecta to our campaign? Get in touch with us at nicaraguasinpresxs@gmail.com. We’re more than happy to help you. Thank you!

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Food packets, hygiene products & medicine: Understanding our support

Why do we help political prisoners through their family members?

Beside their lawyers, political prisoners are only allowed to receive visits from their family or partner. More importantly, only one family member per prisoner is authorized to bring a prisoner maintenance packets. Political prisoners are moreover often barred from activities organized by other organizations inside prison. As such, their visitors (that is, family members or partners) are the only ones who can bring these prisoners necessary food, medicine and personal hygiene products.

But why do prisoners need these products, are they not provided for by the Nicaraguan state?

No. It is common knowledge that Nicaraguan prisoners do not receive adequate food, hygiene or health care (CENIDH). The country’s prison system was already overcrowded and underfunded before this political crisis began, and most of its prisons are in bad shape. Prisoners largely depend on their families to survive – both physically and emotionally. The situation in police jails, such as the Chipote jail, is even worse. There, family members must bring prisoners food daily. When in the prison system, they can bring weekly or bi-weekly packets with food and personal hygiene products. Though the prison system provide basic food (know as “la chupeta‘) it is by all standards inadequate (quantity, quality, and hygiene – it is basically cooked rice with a bean or two) and thus needs to be supplemented. All other products can only be bought in prison, they are not provided for. As such, just like mattresses, pillows, covers, and clothes, family members must provide for all of a prisoner’s basic needs. This means that families spend an average of €50-€100 per month to visit and care for their imprisoned relatives.

That’s a lot of money for the average Nicaraguan family…

Yes, and you can imagine that this puts a tremendous strain on the households that are often of little means and already suffer economically with the crisis and the imprisonment of their relatives (most political prisoners had economic responsibilities for their families, many have young children, and some are in bad health). In some cases multiple members of the same families have been imprisoned…! The travel costs, especially from the different departamentos to the prisons is also an issue. All political prisoners are being held in prisons inside or near Managua, contrary to what the law dictates. This means that some family members must travel from far to be able to make the deliveries to their imprisoned relatives and that they can come less often. For this reason families who live closer by try to bring additional food in for political prisoners from the departamentos.

And the Nicaraguan political prisoner associations organize this?

Yes they do and (former) political prisoners themselves also help because the solidarity among them is very strong. The Committee of Family Members of Political Prisoners (CPLPP) and Association of Political Prisoner Families (AFPP) were created in order to collectively fight for the liberation of the political prisoners, for family members to inform one another on the judicial process, to provide emotional support, and to collectively organize the support of their unjustly imprisoned family members. Subsequently, after the release of many political prisoners mid-2019, the Nicaraguan Union of Political Prisoners (UPPN) began organizing support among former political prisoners, who face many difficulties in finding work and subsistence, as well as trauma and (often constant) police harassment. This permanent campaign (Nicaragua Libre Sin Presxs Políticxs) works together with all three organizations directly.

Thank you!

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