Only in recent years has the country of Nicaragua begun to shed its past war – torn image particularly in the eyes of Americans. This evolution has occurred primarily through tourism allowing the international community to see, first – hand, the media – driven misconceptions of Nicaragua and its people. The international exposure for the country has been the catalyst for local Nicaraguans to openly embrace sharing their culture, traditions and stunning landscapes as well as humbly sharing their basic needs.
For those who choose to visit, a surprising experience awaits; the discovery of a safe nation filled with stunning beaches, breathtaking volcanoes, friendly faces and a culture immersed in the arts. Its unjust negative image has also ironically served to preserve its charm from the hordes of mass tourism and therefore, the lifestyle of its population remains a mystery to so many.
The country is the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere and yet ranked the second safest in Latin America. The result is a sense of hospitality that has become legendary in Central America and one that allows an opportunity to contribute to the growth of its people both as individuals and also on a community level. Now, more than ever, Nicaragua needs the worldwide community to step up, chip in and assist them in developing the tools to shine. This, of course, begins with its children and the karmaNICA initiative hopes to set an example of significance both now and for years to come