Today we told Rogelio not to buy doorknobs to replace the broken ones on exam room doors at the clinic, just put hooks and eyes on so that no one can open the door while the doctor is taking a pap smear.
Yesterday we asked Neville to only take $4 cash to put enough gas in the car to run his errand, we’d fill it up later when we could pay with a credit card.
Tuesday we decided to fix the faucets on only the two most important sinks at the clinic, the other broken faucets will have to wait.
Tomorrow we’ll buy a new fuse to fix broken windshield wipers on the ambulance, but will wait to take it to an electrician to see why fuses keep burning out.
As you can see, we are in a bit of a fix.
Like most non-profits, the majority of our donations come in December, many of them just before the New Year, which makes the holidays a happy time, but…
…unfortunately, most of our expenses don’t come in January, they all seem to come right now. In addition to the usual (electricity bill, phone, insurance, internet, gas, paper for the photocopier, etc) we’ve got two big expenses:
- farmer co-ops are harvesting sesame, peanuts, cotton and coffee. They need to pay farmhands & COPROEXNIC needs to pay the farmers for the crops…hundreds of thousands of dollars.
- Nicaragua has exceptionally good labor laws including a 13th month to be paid to all employees on 30 November. While this is awesome for workers all over the country, it is a lot of cash out the door at once for small organizations like ours – we have 25 employees and we pay them all as well as we can…so an extra month for everyone at once is expensive! Above all else, we make *sure* we have money set aside to pay our staff…but that means things get tight in other areas.
In short, we don’t sleep well in October and November.
And friends, we’ve learned that you have to have money to know people with money…so we’re not holding out for any sugar daddy in a shiny suit. We’re throwing in our lot with you.
If you haven’t yet signed up to donate $10 a month, please do so now.
If you haven’t yet made a donation this year, please do so now.
If you have already made a donation, but can spare an extra $20 (or $200, or $2,000!) please send it now.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. – Becca & Kathleen