Rama Nation (Nicaragua)

Hilario Macry John aka 'Coyote'

“I want the people to progress, so that they might have a better life”—Elder Coyote

The Rama are an indigenous (Native American) people of the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. They know how to work and live in community with one another and in harmony with nature. They care for their land, a fertile terrain rich in natural resources. Their rivers are teeming with fish. Deep into the tropical rainforest where they live, a canopy of towering trees providing shelter to the abundant flora and fauna below.

During the Civil war that ripped apart  Nicaraguan society during the 1980’s, Rama villages were burned, their boats and possessions confiscated, and many were taken prisoner.  They were left destiitute, and have yet to recover. Today, the Rama continue to be subjected to discrimination and exploitation.  Their will to survive is strong, but they are desperately in need of a helping hand.

Even so, they are a people of faith, so they walk by faith and not by what they can see today, believing that what God promised to another band of oppressed and exploited people is a promise to them as well: “I will bless you with a future filled with hope—a future of success, not of suffering” (Jer. 29.11, CEV).

Rama family kitchen

There is much that the rest of the world could learn from them.

SIGA hopes that churches, organizations, and individuals will reach out to the Rama, first through prayer, and then if led, to help financially. The investment is small, totaling a mere $25,500, but the potential return on investment is phenomenal! Financial contributions should be sent to SIGA marked “Rama Project.” 100% of your gifts go directly to the projects.

Coyote’s Dreams for the Rama People

Church, microbusiness projects (tourist cabins, chicken farm), boat w/motor, power generator, tools

Educatiional materials for 400 children, laptop computers, solar panels
$ 6,000

Adult programs (vocational, literacy, business management)
$ 4,000

$25,500 Total