MORGAN’S ROCK COMMUNITY TOURISM
A key part of Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge sustainability efforts is its involvement with the local community. Nearly all the employees are from the local area. We support the community by buying products from local vendors and farmers.
Fresh seafood is acquired from local fishermen who practice traditional fishing methods. We also feature locally handmade artwork in the lodge and around the property. You may notice a beautiful ceramic pot near the pool or artwork inspired by the indigenous people of Nicaragua in your bungalow. Our pottery collection, dispersed throughout the lodge, features pieces hand-crafted by artisans in San Juan de Oriente, a village steeped in the tradition of pottery making. The art form is a vital source of sustainable income for the artisans and their family and we are happy to support it.
Want to meet some locals and learn first-hand about the Nicaraguan lifestyle? Great! We hoped so. It’s an easy visit to the town of San Juan del Oriente, where colorful clay pottery and handicrafts adorn the sidewalk. Visitors can meet the artisans, watch them at work, and buy some gorgeous souvenirs to take home – all while supporting this community and their longstanding artistic heritage.
We can also arrange a tour of other towns, such as those where we support regional schools through funding, teacher training, and donations from both the lodge and guests.
This work is heartfelt. We believe deeply in the power of equipping Nicaraguan schoolchildren with the education and technical tools needed to propel themselves forward – that the result will be long term preservation of heritage, protection of natural resources, and an empowered, healthy, vibrant generation of young people.
LOCAL FRIENDLY STAFF
Together with the NicaFrance Foundation we provide workshops and activities to strengthen the process of teaching and learning. Our programs aim to instill children with a positive attitude of change, creativity and desire to attain their goals. Donations (often from hotel guests) have included backpacks filled with school supplies, school uniforms, equipment, and nutritious foods. We also contribute to school maintenance. Local schoolteachers have been thoroughly trained (with the help of an education specialist) and equipped with teaching strategies and technical tools. Thus, through their work they can improve education for local schoolchildren, paving the way for a better future.
A visit to the coffee plantation, La Cumplida – in the central highlands of Matagalpa, can be arranged!
MORGAN’S ROCK COMMUNITY INITIATIVES
|Employing local people as 95% of the workforce, including senior management positions.|
|Working closely with local indigenous populations.|
|Employing local people as guides in nature hikes, fishing trips, visits to schools, and other excursions.|
|Sourcing fresh seafood from local fishermen.|
|Providing income for local artisans by promoting their crafts and pottery at the lodge.|
|Supporting a nearby coffee farm, La Cumplida, which produces Rainforest Alliance certified coffee – Morgan’s Rock supports the plantation and its farmers by organizing excursions (via private plane!) to the property.|