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Jul 17, 2019

Important Opportunity this Thursday, July 18

Dear Supporters,

As you're probably aware, Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and the past two years have brought exceptional hardship. In the struggle to escape poverty, major obstacles for children include malnutrition and a lack of quality education.

For many families in San Juan del Sur and its surrounding areas, Escuela Adelante is the only viable option for a high-quality education and the opportunity to learn English. You've helped make this school a reality, and it's bringing real hope to the futures of hundreds of children.

We've learned that many students don't receive well-balanced meals at home, and we recognize the detriment of malnutrition on a student's academic abilities and overall well-being. Therefore we have begun providing nutritious lunches for our full-day students and healthy snacks for our half-day preschoolers and kindergartners. The school curriculum now incorporates organic gardening and nutrition. Students take part in growing vegetables and collecting eggs from our chickens, which our fabulous cook incorporates into healthy meals. 

Escuela Adelante needs to build a kitchen and cafeteria before the next school year starts in January. The tiny kitchen that came with the property is barely adequate for a family, much less an elementary school. We need to start construction in the next few months, but we haven't raised enough funds to do so.

Please consider making a contribution this Thursday. GlobalGiving is offering a one-day matching opportunity for donations of $100 to $1000. The higher the donation, the higher the match. Gifts of $750 to $1000 will be matched at 50%! The match is ONE DAY ONLY: this Thursday, July 18, from 9 am to midnight (EST).

This is a great opportunity to band together with friends or family to make one larger contribution. You can contribute to the kitchen and cafeteria campaign here!

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Sincerely,

The Adelante Team

Apr 10, 2019

Adelante's New Campus - Thriving Thanks to YOU!

Dear Supporters,

You made it happen! In January Escuela Adelante opened its doors to a new year at the new campus. Over 250 students attend school in the new building – bilingual preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade in the mornings, youth ESL classes in the afternoons, and adult ESL classes in the evenings.

We plan to continue growing the school every year, to see our students all the way through 12th grade. The next step is to build a kitchen and cafeteria. We have already integrated gardening into our curriculum, and home-grown vegetables will be a major ingredient in the nutritious lunches we provide the students.

From April 8-12 GlobalGiving is MATCHING donations up to $50 at 60%!

Please contribute this week if you can, to our new campaign for a kitchen and cafeteria: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/provide-nutritious-school-lunches-in-nicaragua/

Thank you for your continued support of accessible bilingual education in San Juan del Sur. Your donations are changing hundreds of lives.

Mil Gracias,

The Adelante Team

P.S. Anyone who donates $1000 (this can be cumulative) will receive permanent recognition at the new campus. We appreciate our major donors and want to acknowledge your generosity at the beautiful new site.

Dec 6, 2018

Almost There!

Dear Supporters,

We're close to the finish line! Escuela Adelante's new building has plumbing, electricity, and some furnishings. With so many windows and lots of light, it took just a bit of paint and tile to brighten the space, resulting in an inspiring, natural, and cost-efficient learning environment. One generous donor is fully funding a tree-house themed playground in the mango grove in front of the school. We can't wait for the students to start climbing and playing on it!

The Ministry of Education of Nicaragua has approved the school to launch Bilingual First & Second Grade, and we are currently enrolling students to begin in January. The new location, just south of San Juan del Sur, positions us to more easily welcome students from the southern coastal communities, where schooling options are much more limited than in town. We're also setting up transportation solutions to ensure that no one misses out on an education because they cannot afford bus fare. As always, tuition is based on family income, with many students attending for free.

Thanks to donors like you and support from organizations like Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association, we are close to fully funding the new building. We still need to raise $16,506, however, by the end of the year. We hope that you can include Escuela Adelante in your Holiday Giving, and share the campaign with others who might support this cause.

Additionally, anyone who starts a monthly donation, up to $200, during the Giving Season will have their initial donation matched 100% by GlobalGiving.

2018 was a difficult year in Nicaragua, but you have helped the school and the community endure major setbacks. We're determined that Escuela Adelante will not only remain open to its students but will continue to move forward in creating the best educational opportunities possible. Thank you for helping to build this important new space. Your gift to these children today can open doors for years to come.

Mil Gracias,

The Adelante Team

P.S. Anyone who donates $1000 (this can be cumulative) will receive permanent recognition at the new campus. We appreciate our major donors and want to acknowledge your generosity at the beautiful new site. Donors who contribute $5000 will have a classroom named after them.

Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays!
 
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