Op-Ed

Vacation to Nicaragua turns into a mission: Ojai woman raising funds to help disabled children in Nicaragua

By Andra Belknap
I planned to spend my time in Nicaragua — a nation of volcanos, beaches and self-proclaimed poets — as a tourist shortly after Thanksgiving. And I’ve certainly done my share of lounging in hammocks. The reason I stayed, though, is that I fell in love with a nonprofit organization in San Juan de La Concepción known as La Mariposa.
The story of La Mariposa began in 1987.
Paulette Goudge, an Essex native, made her first trip to the Central American nation that year.

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