Representing in Costa Rica

Production has never been our primary focus. We love focussing on training and equipping our students, but sometimes we have unique production opportunities that challenge our students to grow. This past weekend we had that opportunity. Ramon and our apprentices, Angel, Erick, and Marcos made some beautiful wooden medals for the Sabana Invitational tournament in San Jose, Costa Rica. 

Throughout the past few years we've had a close relationship with the Ultimate Frisbee and Disc Golf community in Nicaragua. We've had the chance to create medals, prizes, or equipment for them. You may remember a Facebook picture of wooden frisbees that our carpenter, Erick made for the Nicaraguan national championship in March. Each opportunity like this takes our staff and apprentices to the next level. It exposes them to designs and techniques they may not have explored otherwise. 

Nick D., the tournament organizer, designed a pineapple to be the symbol on the medals to represent Costa Rica, the host country. The wood chosen for the metals is Guayacán, a tree native to Central America. There were three countries (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama) represented by five teams: Red Mustaches, Junior 'Staches, CDS, Dale Pues, and Panama Ultimate. Panama ended up beating Nicaragua in the finals in order to take home the gold... or in this case the wooden medals.  

It is so cool to think that something created in Nicaragua traveled to Costa Rica and is now on its way to Panama. ESVO's global reach is growing! Congratulations to the teams who participated! We look forward to dreaming up more prizes next year. 

If you're interested in custom projects, email dave@esvoministries.com 

ESVO Helps Bring Disc Golf to Nicaragua

*The following is a letter of appreciation from Jason Hendrickson of FeNiDiVo. Our blacksmiths worked closely with their team, SEED Discs, and Impact Disc Golf to create professional disc golf baskets!

"For two community churches in Ciudad Sandino, disc golf is now a reality and has been received extremely well this last Semana Santa. One year ago, Impact Disc Golf from Sacramento, California, introduced disc golf to the youth of Ciudad Sandino. Impact Disc Golf took a group of kids camping to the first disc golf course in Nicaragua located near Playa Marsella. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that the pastors of the two churches in Ciudad Sandino said they would like to have their own disc golf courses on their property for the community to use.

Working with ESVO was the best experience we could have asked for in the short amount of time we had for a FIRST project of this caliber.
— Sam Abdias

After hearing of the interest, Federacíon Nicaragüense de Disco Volador (FENIDIVO) and SEED Discs reached out to Impact Disc Golf to see if there was any interest in some sort of collaboration. FENIDIVO had been working with welders to produce high quality, PDGA championship certified and approved disc golf baskets. There was also mutual interest in inviting the world’s top disc golfers to Nicaragua, so communication had been opened.

Having created quality baskets in the past, various hurdles had arisen that prevented the welders from continuing with consistency in quality and in a timely manner. It was the serendipitous introduction to ESVO that it was possible to make this project come to fruition.

We all knew it was important to begin with a one basket prototype. The only thing ESVO had to work with at the time were drawings and schematics. The welders made an incredible prototype and we felt comfortable with the communication and professionalism. We then knew we could count on them and continue forward. With only 3-4 weeks to make 21 baskets, the collaboration between ESVO (Ramon) and FENIDIVO (Samuel), led to completing the project on time with positive results.

We wish to continue a long-term relationship with ESVO to provide high quality disc golf courses to communities around Nicaragua. With more experience and player feedback, we can plan accordingly to make slight modifications to future baskets with ample lead time to allow the best attention to detail and quality possible.

After the 2 courses in Ciudad Sandino, a third 3-basket/multi-tee course was also installed. Our ongoing efforts to introduce this lifetime sport that promotes self esteem, sportsmanship, teamwork, and fun to players of any age, gender, physical or mental ability, and background will directly impact 400+ youth of Ciudad Sandino in the following months. Disc golf is a great way to connect with family and make new friends while growing social bonds through appreciation of nature, exercise, and education.

It is with much appreciation and gratitude on behalf of Impact Disc Golf, FENIDIVO, SEED Discs, and all of Disc Golf Nicaragua family that we say THANK YOU! to ESVO."

-Jason Hendrickson

From California with Love

I have always prided myself on being able to make great things with little resources. While I wouldn’t say our workshop has “little resources” necessarily, we definitely have room to grow to be a much more professional working and learning space. Our workshop has evidence of ten years of resources being poured into it: donations and donated tools, products sold, countless hours of prayer, a lot of sweat and a few tears, with triumphs all along the way. ESVO is about to enter into a new season of growth thanks to a new big gift.

 

Thanks to Whip Industries, Plant-A-Seed Foundation, Renew Church Modesto, and Redeemer Modesto Church, we have a container full of new equipment making its way down to Nicaragua! 

This 40-foot container is on a barge filled to the brim with goodies that will transform our program into the training space we need as we grow.
If you’re not excited yet, just wait until you hear what has been donated! 

Some of the equipment included:

            -3 hydraulic lifts for our mechanics program
            -A motorcycle lift
            -A Rolling Bridge Jack
            -A plasma cutter with all    the extras
            -A new beautiful bandsaw
            -A drill press
            -Service carts
            -A 29 piece drill set
            -Enough wrenches, clamps, pliers, blades, sanders, ratchets, and tools to supply us for years to come
            -And even more! 

Imagine how each of these items will drastically change the quality of work we produce and the quality of time with each student. Our students and apprentices will be able to grow their skills to the next level, giving them more job opportunities throughout Nicaragua. Our teachers will save time and resources, and be able to invest more of themselves into our students.

We are honored to receive such generosity from Whip Industries, Plant-A-Seed Foundation, Renew Church Modesto, and Redeemer Modesto Church. To those involved, thank you! We greatly appreciate your hearts to serve and impact Nicaragua.

We’re patiently awaiting the arrival of this container in a few short weeks. Once it arrives, we’re excited to share the impact of this new equipment with you in real time!