Verbo Nicaragua Development Fund

VNDF seeks to help impoverished Nicaraguans break out of the cycle of intergenerational poverty into which they were born by providing access to education, employment, health care, and affordable credit. VNDF is an international advocate for Verbo Nicaragua ministries which is based in Managua, Nicaragua, has been in existence since 1976 and operates nationwide. Nicaragua is the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
Aug 19, 2013

Starting New, Seeing Growth

Washing up for lunch!
Washing up for lunch!

It's been a whirlwind starting Club Esperanza and we're excited to see all that God's been doing since opening our doors just a few short months ago! The Club serves children whose families previously lived and worked at La Chureca, Managua's enormous city dump. It is such a privilege to work with children like Maricella. She has dwarfism which has stunted her growth and affects her life in obvious ways but it is remarkable to know her and the excitement she has in life. The club provides lunch daily for her and she is in the tutoring/afterschool program. It is a great joy to share the gospel of Christ and live it out when you get to affect lives of children like Maricella. A great joy!

Roxanna Auxiliadora is in preschool and her sister Tiffany is part of the tutoring program. For their mother, Doña Maria, the Club is a huge blessing. Her husband left her with her girls and she survives by finding domestic work, but the pay is far from enough. She has expressed great appreciation for Club Esperanza to us. She also comes and helps when she can, even in her very tough personal circumstances. What a blessing to work along with parents!

We recently had a medical team from Christ Journey Church in Miami visit and they brought a huge gift.  The church's youth group had visited Club Esperanza during their spring break and after hearing about the demolition of our former school in La Chureca and our new Club Esperanza location they went home with a purpose.  A member of that team was with the medical team and he brought a gift of $13,800 to give to the purchase of the new location!!!  Praise Jesus!  Can you believe that?  We were floored! So now we are almost there.  Out of the $75,000 we have to raise, we only have $23,900 left to raise!  Absolutely amazing!  We know the Lord will do it!

Our most immediate pressing need is to hire tutors for the 180 students we have in our tutoring program.  We have been blessed to have volunteers fill those roles but we've exhausted those resources and need to raise $1,100 a month to hire 6 full-time tutors. Each full-time tutor earns $240/month and the children who come to our program really need the academic help and encouragement. Thank you in advance for partnering with us to bless these kids!

Lunch is served!
Lunch is served!
Sweet Maricela
Sweet Maricela
Roxana and her mother Maria Auxiliadora
Roxana and her mother Maria Auxiliadora
Learning how to avoid malaria & dengue by coloring
Learning how to avoid malaria & dengue by coloring
May 20, 2013

Celebrating Our Directora!

Colegio Verbo children dancing at the celebration
Colegio Verbo children dancing at the celebration

On May 7 the students and faculty of Colegio Verbo in Veracruz celebrated "La Dia de la Directora" - day of the Director. Nolvia Morales, the directora or principal of the school, has served as principal for 4 years now and taught at the school for more than 10 years prior to taking the head position. "I love the teachers that God has provided us with at Colegio Verbo," says Nolvia. "They work so hard, earning less money than they would at a public school, because they genuinely care for each of these students and their families. It's a privilege to lead them." The children enjoyed putting on a special event to celebrate Nolvia complete with a slide show, dancing in native costume, speeches, and games. Gracias Senora Morales for all that you do!!

Colegio Verbo Directora Nolvia Morales
Colegio Verbo Directora Nolvia Morales
Directora Morales loves her children!
Directora Morales loves her children!
A fun celebration in the new auditorium!
A fun celebration in the new auditorium!
Feb 12, 2013

First Day of School!

Bright fun new furniture for the preschoolers!
Bright fun new furniture for the preschoolers!

The teachers and staff at Colegio Verbo in Veracruz have been busy preparing for the beginning of a new school year (school runs February - November in Nicaragua). The staff had several in-service training days, landscaped the front drop-off area, painted and installed new signage, and moved new furniture in donated by Cedar Run Community Church! We're also excited to report that construction of the large open-air auditorium is nearly complete! The school staff has been using the auditorium during construction to hold school parties, music and drama festivals, and teacher training. We look forward to many school events and community outreach events including medical clinics, community dinners and carnivals, and much more to extend the reach of Colegio Verbo.

Education is a huge key to breaking the intergenerational transmission of poverty. While public schools are free the education and staffing is of such low and inconsistent quality that many families don't see the value in sending their children. Nationwide less than 30% of all children finish elementary school. Middle school and high school is simply a luxury for most families. Parents who choose Verbo are making a real sacrifice to invest in their childrens' preschool - 11th grade education, but they believe it is well worth it because of the much higher quality education and caring they receive from Christian teachers and administrators over what they would receive from the public school. We subsidize tuition for as many families as possible with the funds you invest to make education more accessible to poor families living outside the capital city of Nicaragua.

Would you consider a one-time beginning of the school year gift to continue the great work going on at Colegio Verbo? A gift of $25 will help provide a uniform for a student whose only reason for not enrolling may be not having funds for a uniform. The students and staff say Mil Gracias! (a thousand thank yous!)

Working on training from Osana Nicaragua!
Working on training from Osana Nicaragua!
Making the front drop-off area a little oasis
Making the front drop-off area a little oasis
A new cheery, colorful welcome!
A new cheery, colorful welcome!
The new auditorium is nearly complete!
The new auditorium is nearly complete!
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