gen·er·os·i·ty  | ˌjenəˈräsədē/  noun  the quality of being kind and generous.

Laurie DiProspero poured us a big cup of generosidad this month.


Laurie DiProspero

Laurie once again has named the 4Walls Project as charity of the month for Union Coffee Roasters, her business at 900 Jefferson Road in Rochester.

4W: Tell us more about Union Coffee Roasters.
Laurie: We opened about two years ago — in May 2013. I had worked for a long time at a big commercial roaster. I learned a lot and wanted to apply it to small hands-on batch processing. Our store is a family-run operation.
4W: How did you learn about 4Walls?
Laurie: I met Sally and Bonnie when Java Joe imported coffee from the farmers in Ocotal. That really was a special coffee. It got rave review. We couldn’t get any this year because of the coffee rust fungus. Customers were really disappointed. We all hope there will be Ocotal coffee next season.
4W: Tell us more about your charity of the month.
Laurie: We choose a small, local organization that touches our heart. We feel connected to Nicaragua because of the coffee and we love what 4Walls does to help the families there. People come in for a free cup of coffee and can leave a donation for our charity of the month.
4W: What else should we know about Union Coffee Roasters?
Laurie: We are open to the public, selling both retail and wholesale. Our store is in the Genesse Valley Regional Market on Jefferson Road. Stop in for some awesome coffee.


Everyone welcome at this event to celebrate all the successful journeys to El Sauce, this year and in the past. Bring your friends and family. Bring your stories!

Sunday November 1, 2015
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Spay and neuter clinic

Hilton High School, a loyal and long-time supporter of 4Walls, is sponsoring a spay/neuter clinic in El Sauce this November.

“Did you know that in seven years nearly 5000 kittens could be born from one unspayed female cat and her offspring,” asks Spanish teacher Michele Ariola? “Because of the success of our first clinic, we are partnering with NicaVets for another clinic.”

Please visit the Journeys of Solutions website to see how you can help.
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From the Espinoza family

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The old house


The start of the new house

The almost finished house with the roofers

The almost finished house with the roofers

Espinoza family and 4Walls volunteers in front of the completed house

Espinoza family and 4Walls volunteers in front of the completed house




A song about a house

Maria Gillard, a Rochester songwriter, traveled to El Sauce in January. She wrote this song about her experience.


It’s January in El Sauce, eighty-five degrees
Juan and Juanita and her friends play games in the neighborhood
We Americans are going there to help build a new house
With four brick walls, four brick walls

Now, some families, with ten or more persons,
live in houses made of tarps with holes in the roofs.
When it rains the adobe walls begin to crumble
And then these poor families are sad and humiliated

Brick by brick, board by board
Strong hands together, we build a home
while building trust and a bond
in our hearts, hearts and home

All of us, the children, and the neighbors work in the heat
Pepe, the chief mason, puts us to work with a smile.
He says,” Cut the cables, hose the bricks, dig a trench here,”
We are happy while we are working all day

The family of Juan and Juanita soon has a home
Sturdy and strong with a door and a window
When it rains in October, they will not have to worry at all
because once and for all, their home is safe and warm

Es enero en El Sauce, ochenta y cinco grados
Juan y Juanita y sus amigos juegan partidos en el barrio
Nosotros Americanos vamos alli a ayudar
Construen una casa nueva con cuatro paredes de ladrillos
Cuatro paredes de ladrillos

Ahora, algunas familias con diez o mas personas,
Viven en casas hechos de lonas, y techos con gonteras.
Cuando llueve las paredes de adobe comienzan a
Y entonces estas familias pobres son tristes y humillados

Refrain Ladrillo a ladrillo, tableta a tableta
Manos fuertes juntos construimos un hogar
Mientras establecer la confianza y un vínculo
en nuestros corazones, corazones y hogar

Nosotros, los niños y los vecinos trabajamos en el calor
Pepe, el jefe abañil, nos pone a trabajar con una sonrisa.
Se dice “Corte los cables, manguera los ladrillos , cavar una zanja aquí!”
Estamos alegres mientras estamos trabajando todo el día

La familia de Juan y Juanita pronto tendrá un hogar
Robusto y fuerte con una puerta y una ventana tambien
Cuando llueve en octubre que no tendrán que preocuparse
porque una vez por todas ellos casa es seguro y cálido