Oct 3, 2020

Covid 19 Food Support Program Update

It has been a very tough few months for our community in northern Nicaragua but thankfully with your support, many families are doing well. We are now in our fifth month of the distribution of food provisions to our greater community. Fortunately, we have been spared the worst of the coronavirus but unemployment is widespread and many families continue to struggle to put food on the table. We started this program we started with 60 families and have now doubled to supporting 120 families every 10 days with food packages. The packages include rice, beans, oil and bars of soap for handwashing. We have now distribued more than12,000 pounds of rice and 6,000 pounds of beans. 

We are optimistic that tourism will return in the coming months and this will help to return some jobs to our community. We expect this will happen slowly to start with but we hope that it will steadily build from there. This program was set up to temporarily support our community during this challenging time but hopefully it will not be needed for much longer.

A special thanks to the teams and many guests from Rise Up Surf Nicaragua and Coco Loco Eco Resort for their fundraising efforts, generous donations and on the ground support for this program.

Jul 30, 2020

COVID Crisis

Unfortunately due to the COVID 19 crisis our school maintenance and projects are on hold temporarily. All of our resources have been shifted towards supporting families throughout this crisis. This includes the families of many of our students locally. Our goal is to ensure their basic needs are being met throughout this medical and economic crisis. We are currently supporting 120 families with a regular supply of provisions (rice, beans, oil, etc.) plus soaps, sanitizers and masks. We hope to get back to our school projects again soon. Unfortunately the schools do reman open locally but very few students are attending right now.

Thanks

Jul 30, 2020

COVID 19 & University

COVID 19 Support
COVID 19 Support

The ongoing pandemic continues to disrupt the regular university programming for our students. All classes have shifted online and this has presented a serious challenge for many of our students who live in rural areas. Internet access can be expensive and slow and even having access to a computer can be a challenge. In saying this, the majority of our students have been able to work through these issues and continue their studies but two students have chosen to defer their courses until next year. While dissapointing for them as they were supposed to graduate this December we understand the reasoning and have agreeed to defer these scholarships as well. We do continue to support 10 students monthly and look forward to seeing many of them graduate this winter. Our scholarship students are also receiving suport from our COVID 19 support program. This support includes regular delivery of basic food and health provisions for them and their families. 2020 continues to be a challenge for so many around the world but we are very proud of our students as they continue to work through these challenges as best they can.

 
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