The Road To Cacao



The village of Cacao, Nicaragua does not have electricity or potable water.  Yet, when CoCoDA asked the villagers of their greatest need, they said, "Please fix our road."

Cacao sits on a mountain ridge above the Ocotal valley. While the views are magnificent, the road is treacherous, especially in rainy season. The heavy rains wash away the road bed as well as vehicles. The inclines become impossible to climb even with four wheel drive. The village can be cut off from the rest of the world for weeks on end.


Help and Hard Work

Thanks to donations of $2,000 from the Los Manos Spanish Club of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD and $1,200 from Yair Shalev of Miami, FL, one of the most dangerous sections of road was improved in May. 

Villagers carried several tons of rock by hand from local streams. IPADE, our Nicaraguan partner, supplied engineering, concrete, tools and other materials. The men of Cacao gave a week of hard labor.

More Work To Do

Though the first section of road has been completed, there are two more sections requiring improvements. We have groups committed to repairing another section in January. This will leave the most dangerous section where repairs will require heavy equipment.

If you would like to partner with Cacao, contact us for ways you can help. Check out this and other projects on our website.