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The Nicaragua Forum Heidelberg e. V. is a non-profit association that helps people in Nicaragua by financing local projects directly from Germany.
Almost all our projects are funded exclusively by donations from private individuals. We can dispense with the deduction of administrative costs that is common for many organizations, because:
- Our members have been volunteering for many years
- The cost of project visits will be raised by our members through direct donations
- Expenditure on information events and material can be covered by membership fees
Every amount is welcome and helps.
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My initial idea was called Mainz2Meran, as a reference to my last trip Mainz2Santiago.
I wanted to ride my bike 5 days from Mainz to Oberstdorf and then continue hiking 7 days over the Alps to Meran/o, Italy.This time, I even had 2 Mainz2Meran T-Shirts and 250 stickers ready, with a QR-Code connected to the fundraising website.
Half a week before my take-off, I got bitten by 3 ticks, 1 of them unfortunately already in my flesh. Therefor, I had to go to a hospital to have it removed. Due to the antibiotics I couldn’t do the bike tour. But giving up wasn’t an option, so a week later, on July 23rd, I took a train from Mainz to Oberstdorf and then my fundraising adventure hike started.
I hiked over and on top of several high mountains (+2.800m), crossed rivers, met nice people from all over Europe, I saw butterflies, marmots, capricorns, goats, I could enjoy beautiful alpine sceneries and even some snow.
I woke up to sunrises and often finished my hiking day with a beautiful sunset. I stayed at cozy and cheap alpine huts with kind owners who often prepared me themselves a delicious dinner and gave me a comfortable bed for the night. Due to COVID, the occupation in those huts was only 1/3 of the regular occupation, which made my stays even calmer and for me therefor nicer.
After 7 days, 11.955m of altitude, 40,1 hours and 107,2 km climbing up and down the hills and valleys, I was happy and proud and it felt really good to have arrived safe and sound in the wonderful, prosperous valley of Meran/o, full of apple- and nectarine/peach trees and vineyards.
Since my charity hike, another 1.000€ have been donated to la Esperanza Granada.
If you want to see, where my next trip will take me too, follow me on insta: mainz2santiago.
I wish you all a fantastic and inspiring 2021!
Stay safe, healthy and happy,