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February 17, 2013

Mission of Hope heads to Nicaragua



Another project — and a very personal one — will be the creation of a memorial garden at NiCasa.

“There are so many people who have traveled and given (in support of Mission of Hope) and now passed away,” Mission of Hope Treasurer Kathy Eppler said. 

“The garden will be an area set aside on our own grounds where we will construct a quiet place.”

“It will provide a space for the processing and internal struggle that takes place when we live and work among the extremely poor,” Blow added.

Among those who will be honored by the garden are Marlene “Molly” Allen, Marilee Patnode and Shawn Watson, who were dedicated Mission of Hope volunteers. 

The garden will incorporate the natural beauty of Nicaragua, including a flowering tree that will provide shade. 


Eppler noted that one of the aspects that has most impressed her about Mission of Hope is the “ripple effect” on young people involved in it. 

“The kids don’t just go on one trip. They keep going back.” 

Some, as well, have joined the Peace Corps or made other career choices in response to the suffering they have seen. 

“It affects them as they choose their life path.”

HOW TO HELP North Country Mission of Hope is supported largely by donations of money and materials, along with grants. Donate through PayPal at, where the many projects that rely on funding are described in detail, or send checks to Mission of Hope, P.O. Box 2522, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Follow the February mission in the Press-Republican and also on the Mission of Hope website. Dr. Roger Patnode of Plattsburgh has been in Nicaragua for going on two months, overseeing medical efforts. Read his blog see pictures at:

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