Two little words that can never be said enough!
Hope you are well. As the year draws to an end we wanted to send you a quick update of our main successes from the past ten months, to take a moment to reflect upon exactly what your support has achieved.
This year, across all of our projects, we accepted more students into the schools and are currently supporting over 1,000 children, handing out over 250,000 pieces of fruit, 35,000 pieces of bread and over 100,000 hot meals to keep them warm, full up and nourished!
We have kept over 50 locals in work with 30 of them teaching the children over 28,000 teaching hours in classrooms that have been built and refurbished. On top of that, 30 of our old students have graduated and are now new teachers, ready to educate the world!
Our vital sustainable plans are going really well; Plan Café in Honduras will have its first crop later this year, Plan Moo continues to support secondary school students in Ecuador and new plans, Plan Arveja in Santa Maria and Plan Papa in Ecuador, have started this year!
We have also had some wonderful volunteers building stoves, teaching, painting and helping out throughout the year. And of course YOU, supporting every one of these children get the start in life they deserve. Thank you.
Not bad huh? We will be in touch next week with some exciting Christmas news, but for now pat yourselves on the back and congratulate yourselves for the support you have given us over the last ten months and remember how important your continuing support is for these wonderful children.
This month we achieved something huge in Nicaragua!
When we started our projects in Nicaragua we started them in two brand new villages that were completely unrecognised by the Government. The communities were living in tents made out of a plastic sheeting and a tree branch holding it up and being unrecognised, did not have any facilities, health support or, of course, education.
Whilst the communties fought to be recognised by the Government and get help we sought donations from generous donors like yourself and set up two schools, first in La Thompson and then in Alexis Arguello. The schools supported the children of the communities and the children thrived in the schools. Over time, the Governent started to recognised the communties and put in previsions for support.
As you know, our ultimate aim for the projects is sustainability and earlier this year we approached the Ministry of Education in Nicaragua to see if they would like to take our school, make it a national school and continue providing the education in the village. They agreed and in August they have taken over the costs of Alexis Arguello, making it sustainable and helping us reach our goal!
So, as our supporters, you have seen a community go from no education, to having a full, narional school, providing top notch official education. We started with nothing but with your support we have, built classrooms, a kitchen, provided teachers and educated a community. Now, the Government will continue that, using our teachers and keeping our students learning! What a success!
We are continuing with our school in La Thompson and of course need continued donations to help that school become sustainable too. Thank you so much for helping us achieve this.
We sent you an update on Saturday giving you an update on how the projects are progressing and how well the students are doing!
As I mentioned on Saturday, the students would not be making such progress in school if it wasn’t for your support and dedication to helping fund the projects.
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This month in Nicaragua we focused on developing our classes and making them more interesting.
Firstly, the La Thompson school band was formed! Using old tins and paint-pots we are introducing music, slowly but surely. The aim in the coming months is to build up a variety of musical instruments for the kids so that they can incorporate it into their learning.
We also welcomed a new teacher to our staff on the ground in La Thompson. Fabiola Cornejo studies International Relations at University and helps out with the younger classes voluntarily because she wants to help the children and do her part, as a Nicaraguan.
Finally, instead of just talking about the dangers of rain damage the children took a school trip to see landslides and flooding and their effects on the land. They were taught ways to prevent damage and prepare for rainy season as well as what to do in an emergency.
Good education is absolutely vital for the development of the children and their families. Thanks to you and your continued support through donations we can keep improving the livelihoods of these communities!
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As I told you in my last report, the schools are open and the children flocking back to receive another year of education. But, there is something new this year to add to their packed curriculum.
Plan Identidad is designed to teach children of their background, traditions and history. In an attempt to unite families and explore more difficult issues, we have now invited all family members to join the meetings. Covering topics like family violence, and Nicaraguan history we try to help the families understand and combat issues in their community.
This month, we talked about bullying, a topic not known of in the communities, with information on what it is, the effects and how to avoid it so that families can feel more united and children have a safe environment to grow in.
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