Diamonds in the Rough May 2024


Can we go back now? – Gavin Smith I’ve been a supporter of Joshua 1:Nine for several years now. We are a baseball-loving family, and this seemed like the perfect organization to support. President Kristin kept telling me that we needed to take an Impact Trip, and that it would be an amazing experience for my family. We finally made it happen, and […]

Diamonds in the Rough March 2024


Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. – Kofi Annan Thanks to a very exciting grant awarded by Rotary International, we have been focused on supporting the community’s efforts to improve and increase literacy in Fondo Negro. We have been blessed with the help in these efforts by a young woman named Priscilla from Nicaragua. Priscilla is trained in teaching literacy and supporting teachers in their efforts. She has been in Fondo Negro since March 4th […]

Diamonds in the Rough April 2024


Smile, it lets your teeth breathe. – Author Unknown Earlier this month an Impact Team traveled to Fondo Negro to play baseball, support the literacy project and provide our first ever dental clinic! Over the course of the day, the dentists from Water@Work and our own Dr. Julia saw over 50 patients providing exams, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings and more. For many people in the community it was the first […]

Diamonds in the Rough February 2024


The Importance of Giving I want to share my thoughts on the importance of giving. For a number of years now, life has gifted me the opportunity to give back to the organization I love – Joshua 1:Nine. Depending on the year, the definition of “giving” has taken different forms. Sometimes it’s a modest monetary monthly sponsorship. Other […]

Diamonds in the Rough January 2024


Buildings, Challenged Brains and Full Bellies Once a year I take over this platform and make this less about the people of Fondo Negro and more about what has been accomplished and where we hope to go in the next year within the organization itself. Some years my report is goal heavy, other years it’s dream heavy. I never know exactly where I’m going to go when […]

Diamonds in the Rough November 2023


A moment of Gratitude Tomorrow, in the US we will all have an opportunity to celebrate the things for which we are thankful. Many of us look forward to spending the day with family. Others look forward to an opportunity to connect with friends or a combination of both friends and family.  In Fondo Negro, every Friday is a Thanksgiving meal. Most of these boys would go home hungry from practice to a house without […]

Diamonds in the Rough October 2023


A BIG THANK YOU Sports have the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope, where there was once only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination. Sports is the game of lovers. – Nelson Mandela This quote came from the end of the inspiring […]

Diamonds in the Rough August 2023


LET’S GET TOGETHER! Our 4th annual fundraising breakfast is right around the corner. On October 5th at 7am at the South Hill Community Center in Spokane we will come together and raise funds for the important projects coming in 2024. Last year we raised funds and were able to build the kitchen we shared about last month. Let’s make a gift to the community again this year! Because of all of the economic issues you are all well aware of, we have had […]

Diamonds in the Rough July 2023


A New Kitchen, Making Life Easier and Safer At our October Fundraising Breakfast in Spokane we raised funds to build a kitchen in the open space behind the field. For five years the team was eating dinner at Coach Robert and Bella Nira’s house which worked great for a while since Bella Nira is the head cook and they had a nice open yard. Over the years however, the team grew and some of the yard around their house was taken over by […]

Diamonds in the Rough June 2023


The Best Laid Plans In late May, Water@Work Ministries, the organization that partnered with Joshua 1:Nine and Rotary International it build the water purification plant, decided the ongoing problems with access to water at the plant needed to be addressed. The desire is to have control of the water access buy owning our own well. This should also lead to water that is cleaner at the time it enters the plant and will decrease the cost of cleaning the water. This will lead […]