Our Work

 

"The education of every small child does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life."

— MARIA MONTESSORI

 

We are currently working towards providing children in two rural Nicaraguan schools with basic essentials, such as shoes, backpacks and school supplies in addition to supporting the schools with the funds necessary to make much needed renovations and improvements to the schools themselves. Our ultimate goal is to continue to support these schools and others in addition to building our own school in rural Nicaragua where children currently do not have access to early childhood education.

 

 

Why Nicaragua?

Nicaragua – a country of 6.1 million people – is the second poorest in the Americas after Haiti, with the largest youth bulge in Latin America. Of its more than 2 million school-aged children, half live in poverty (UNESCO).

In the 1990s, Nicaraguan’s educational system was decentralized with grave results for the country’s schools and families. The government took pride in its free education system. However, without much needed government support, schools turned to families for assistance with learning materials, uniforms, even cleaning supplies. In many cases, the responsibility falls to the children to clean the school each day. For families facing poverty, this means pulling their children out of school and allowing them to work to make money for the family. In 2003, 823,000 children (out of 1.55 million) failed to finish the school year.

 

50%

of Nicaragua's nearly 2 million school-aged children live in poverty (UNESCO).

nearly 1/2

of the 500,000 Nicaraguan children aged 3 to 17 not in the educational system are estimated to be child laborers.

823,000

children left school prematurely to work to help support their families in 2003.