Projects in Nicaragua
We have chosen to focus our work in Nagarote, Nicaragua on the youth in the extremely disadvantaged neighborhoods of Jerónimo López and Marvin Palacios, where our community center is located. We also support scholarships for students throughout the city of Nagarote. Read on for an overview of some of our projects and programs.
Model Preschool & Teacher Training Center
We have plans to build a model preschool on our Community Center Campus in Nagarote. The preschool will serve as a lab school for Nagarote’s lowest income toddlers as well as a teacher training center to bring child-centered, age-appropriate early education to the community.
The Community Center Campus
This is our beautiful community center which includes offices, classrooms, a kitchen and a meeting room.
After School Programming for Youth
We provide 110 teens a brighter future through our after school programming. Students can take classes in computers, martial arts, dance, nutrition, sewing, guitar, baking/cooking, cosmetology and hair styling.
Farming & Tree Planting
We have a "Seeds of Youth" model organic farm and tree planting programs to improve nutrition and overall health.
The Scholarship Program
Our scholarships have made it possible for more than 600 children to gain an education. Six of our scholarship students have completed college and are now working for us. Two have gone on to become mayoral candidates for the city of Nagarote.
The Tutoring Program
We work closely with the Ministry of Education to identify elementary school children who need academic support. Our staff of college graduate tutors then meet with those students four hours each week in small groups to go over homework, strengthen basic skills, and play educational games. Each student is evaluated by our staff psychologist for learning capabilities. We also provide fresh fruit from our farm for the tutoring sessions and take the children on field trips.