Apr 2, 2020

Scholarships during COVID19

It has been a while since our last update so this one is a bit longer than usual.

In late January we met with all of our students and received year-end grades and updates. Our students continue to progress and excel. Amazingly many have already entered their fourth and final year of studies - it really does feel like we just started this program but we will be officially graduating our first university graduates this December. I am unable to upload grades on this platform due to privacy concerns but the overall average for the group right now is at 86%, a number we are very proud of.

Unfortunately COVID19 is impacting Nicaragua as it is the rest of the world. Our students are very concerned as the government has yet to take any serious measures to counteract the spread. As I write this many schools and universities remain open. Depsite this, most of our students are not attending due to fear of catchig the virus and bringing it home. Thankfully their professors are understanding and most have been given persmission to study from home for now. This situation is evolving and so we continue to monitor this.

We are also pleased to report that we do have funding in place to support our students with full scholarships again of $40 USD a month this year, at least for the first few months. We are hoping funding continues to come in for the remainder of the year.

Thanks for your ongoing and generous support.

Mar 31, 2020

Winter Maintenance Success

Well the world has certainly changed since our last report. Unfortunately as we grapple with COVID19 all of our schools are temporarily closed down. However we did have a chance to complete some maintenance works at our high school in early February. Phase 1 of the high school maintenance project included the installation of new walkways and we also painted about 2/3s of the high school. The balance was to be painted in early April with the help of a YMCA group but this is indefinitely on hold for now.


Phase 1 was completed by a mix of international volunteers and 5th year high school students. Thanks to all for your donations and support which allowed us to take on this project.

Feb 20, 2020

Scholarship Program Update

We recently met with all of our students and received year-end grades and updates. Our students continue to progress and excel. Amazingly many are already enterying their fourth and final year of studies - it really does feel like we just started this program but we will be officially graduating our first university graduates this December. I am unable to upload grades on this platform due to privacy concerns but the overall average for the group right now is at 86%, a number we are very proud of. We are also pleased to report that we do have funding in place to support our students with full scholarships again of $40 USD a month this year, at least for the first few months. We are hoping funding continues to come in for the remainder of the year.

Attached are pics we recently took from a soap making workshop we hosted for our students. It was a fun afternoon and a couple of them who are studying tourism are considering making this a business.

Thanks for your ongoing and generous support.

 
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