“Hope is a waking dream.” – Aristotle
Starting from Parque Central (Central Park) in Granada, Nicaragua, a tourist guidebook will direct you to travel due west along a street named Calle Real Xalteva. Some many blocks and about 20 minutes later, you’ll see a cemetery ahead and by most accounts – tourist pamphlets, Google maps, etc. – this is where the road ends.
In reality, this is only where the cobblestone road ends. And where taxis go no further. A travel guidebook, however, would tell you to proceed – possibly with caution. This is because the dirt road you would now be following is lined with shifting trenches, dangerous holes and roving farm animals. Not to mention that there are many ever-watchful dogs who guard the ramshackle huts and shacks of the many unfortunate people who live along this street. If it is raining, the street is impassable.
Another twenty minutes walk along this road – give or take some extra time depending on road conditions, you will come to one of several forks in the road. To the right, you would finally be just minutes walk from the aforementioned butterfly sanctuary. To the left, another fifteen minutes walk and a few more turns away, is La Prusia.
The community at La Prusia has been engineered by Casas de la Esperanza (Houses of Hope) as a new option for those can afford no better place for a home than along the mud and muck road beyond the town cemetery; people who had previously had no hope, no dreams. While La Prusia is just as far removed from the markets, medical care and other benefits within the downtown of Granada itself, the people of Casas de la Esperanza have worked to create a real community here – one with it’s own local radio station, a regularly visiting doctor, and vocational lessons for the youth.
The first part of joining the community is building a home…
“El Camino A Cambio” (The Road to Change) was produced on location by an Actuality Media student crew and shot with a Canon XA10
Actuality Media is an organization that takes media students to developing communities around the globe to create positive media that tells the story of changemakers doing good works to fight societal and environmental problems that plague the world. These short documentaries were each produced during a thirty day outreach where crews researched their subject changemaker, wrote out their story, filmed and edited it.