Welcome to the Oxford Leon Association and Trust website!
Oxford has been twinned with León in Nicaragua since 1986. León is a historic university city, situated 50 miles from the capital, but similarities with Oxford end there. Nicaragua is the second
poorest country in Latin America and so most of the work of the Oxford León Association and Trust (a registered charity) focusses on raising funds for development projects in and near to León. We
work with locally-based organisations to fund specific small-scale projects. We have funded clean water installation, support for victims of domestic violence, a play area and toys for nursery
children and a travelling library.
Our principal source of funding comes from the ANNUAL SWIM which we hold each year. This year it will be held on Friday 5th July. See the Events page for more
There have been several visits over the years to and from León. The mayor of León joined us for the 25th anniversary celebrations in March 2011. Jane Mercer, our longest-standing member and most active volunteer, visited León July 2012. In 2014 a delegation from Oxford visited León, please read more about the visit on the blog
Below is a photo of a water storage unit that was built with funding from a sponsored swim in Oxford. It is in a remote mountain community where some people have to travel up to 4km to fetch water. The unit collects and stores water hygienically so that even in the dry season there is enough and it is clean. The round structure is a shower, being built by local people with funding provided last year.
You can follow up our activities via our blog on https://oxfordleon.home.blog/
Do you have an interest in Central America, in relieving poverty, or perhaps just like to help people while having a good time? If so, come along to our next event
and/or ask us for a membership form
. If you know of anyone else who may be interested in joining, please tell them about this web site, pass on our contact details or give them a membership form. We'd love to get in touch.