The Phoenix project in Nicaragua set a goal in late 2010 to support secondary education in the communities in which we work, La Thompson and Chiriza. This goal has become a realization as we recently handed out six secondary scholarships; to two students in La Thompson and four students in Chiriza.
The scholarships offset the cost of public school uniforms, shoes, transport to school and the cost of school materials which proves prohibitive to many students in rural Nicaraguan communities preventing them from accessing education. Secondary education retention is alarmingly low in Nicaragua and we hope this initiative will help to improve the situation for students in these communities.
The scholarships will be awarded each semester if the students show consistent attendance, passing marks and bring report cards to be verified by project staff.
So far the scholarships have been viewed as a success given the feedback from the student’s parents as many of the children bought their school materials immediately after receiving the support.
Good luck to Karelia, Enma, Wendy, Joseph, Magdalena and Doribel in the upcoming semester!
Elsewhere on the project donations to the GVI Charitable Trust help to pay for the salaries of local teachers, transport to adult education classes, educational materials for the students, birthday celebrations, our teeth cleaning initiative and the all important feeding program.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our projects you really are making an incredible impact.
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