Waves of Hope

A Canadian based non-profit organization working in northern Nicaragua to help alleviate poverty and create a better future for all. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of our local community through education, development and volunteer efforts.
Sep 7, 2016

High School Expansion- Fundraising Stage

Opening day of classes 2016
Opening day of classes 2016

As we are still in the fundraising stage for this project we would just like to share our story and an update of the high school with you.

How it all Began…

In 2012, our community approached us with the idea of building a high school. They had identified that attendance at the elementary schools had grown, but the options for continuing to high school were inadequate.

The existing high school choices as of 2012 were:

1. A five-year intensive Sunday program, located in a local elementary class
2. Travelling at least two hours daily on multiple buses to attend the closest high school

Consequently, only a small minority of local children chose to further their education past the sixth grade.

Waves of Hope agreed to champion the project, which involved both logistical and financial support and it was a great team effort that included:

• Getting initial agreement from the Ministry of Education
• Dedicated local teenagers and young adults, who went door-to-door to gauge interest and build community support for the project.
• Raising $130,000 to support the construction through various fundraising initiatives and collaborations with other like-minded non-profits such as Surf for Life
• Hosting over 250 volunteers who worked alongside our community to physically build the high school

How Far We’ve Come: Our High School by the Numbers

2014   Year 1   76 students in attendance

2015   Year 2   144 students

2016   Year 3   210 students

2017    Year 4 (projected)   240 students

2018    Year 5 (projected)    300+ students

In December 2016 we will see the first class of 16 students receive their graduation certificates. Many plan to move on to post-secondary programs. Our role in the planning and construction of Olas de Esperanza High School is one of our proudest accomplishments, and we have so much gratitude and appreciation for the hundreds of individuals, families, schools, organizations and corporations who helped bring the school to life.

A Good Problem To Have…The Growing Culture of Education in Northern Nicaragua

This past February, we were honored to attend this year’s opening day assembly to kick off the new school year. As always, the energy was high, the uniforms were crisp and there was a buzz in the air.

It was on this day that the director of the school approached us and said that we had a big problem: the numbers at the school are growing more quickly than projected and we are running out of space to accommodate new students.

This is a good problem to have- and we are so proud to witness these exciting changes in the attitude and culture of education that are taking place in our community.

One Brick at a Time!

Beginning this December when the school year has ended, we are hoping to begin constructing four new classrooms to meet the increased demand for secondary education.

 

Opening day of the high school 2014
Opening day of the high school 2014

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Mar 15, 2016

The Water is Running!

A recently installed water meter
A recently installed water meter

Over the past month we have completed testing of the water system including a water quality test and also a system test. The water quality came back excellent and safe for drinking as we had hoped. The water system is working great as well although we did have to fix a few leaky pipes. 

Last week we hosted a group from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio who worked alongside our community members to pipe in the running water to our local elementary school for drinking and for use in the new washrooms. We also recently installed water meters and last week the community members dug the final trench so we could install the wire needed to automate the system. 

We are very happy to announce that the water is now running and being used community wide! Thanks very much for your support of this project!

Students helping dig the trench at our school
Students helping dig the trench at our school
Almost completed washrooms at our local school
Almost completed washrooms at our local school
Dec 17, 2015

Clean Water Initiative - December Update

We have been very busy the past few months and we are very close to turning on the taps. Over the past months all of the water connections have been completed and the pump and tank have been installed. We had a faulty switch in the pump that had to be sent back to Managua that is to be picked up after Christmas and installed later that week but we have already run some tests and the water is flowing properly to all the homes. 

The next steps are to run some tests on the water quality and to determine the best way to filter/clean it and to then install the water meters. We expect to have the water running by early 2016.

All funding from Global Giving donations have been spent and the project is fully funded.

We thank you for your generous support!

Sincerely

 
   

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