Sep 9, 2020

Primary building, here we come!

Two-classroom, innovative pod design
Two-classroom, innovative pod design

Why is fundraising right now so important? Because a lack of education in Central America is one of the most important reasons families suffer from malnutrition, poverty, and domestic violence. We must ban together to provide a voice to children and a safe space to grow into happy and thriving adults.  Little by little, our donors have helped us do just that, as we continue to expand Escuela Adelante, a bilingual school in Nicaragua.

Our most pressing need, as we launch 4th grade in January 2021, is more classrooms. As we add a grade level each year to our school, we run out of enough space to teach our student body! It is more urgent than ever that we work together, as Escuela Adelante supporters, to ensure that our students carry on successfully into the primary school years in their separate classrooms.

We want to enter the new year with infrastructure to safely and effectively instruct primary school students. We have taken steps to get there. The architectural renderings are complete. Our two-classroom pod structures with rooftop "terrazas" and additional outdoor learning space in-between will lead to lots of innovation and advancement. The school's location in nature makes it idyllic and inspirational. We plan on building three of these two-classroom pods for grades 1 - 6 of primary school.  

Escuela Adelante is diverse, colorful, and creative. We work with low-income local families in Nicaragua to provide free and low-cost bilingual education. We have made an effort to allow for extra support for families during the Covid-19 pandemic. On September 1st, we launched a partial reopening with rotating schedules and small groups. We couldn't be happier to see students, even if it is under a mask for now!

From September 14th to 18th, GlobalGiving will host the Little by Little campaign. We want to ask supporters to consider making a small donation to our project: Help Build a Bilingual School. GlobalGiving will match all donations up to $50 by 50% for five days straight. Any new monthly donations will receive an additional 100% match on top of that. You give a little, and we get a lot! Little by little, primary school, here we come!

Remember to support our project Sept. 14th - 18th
Remember to support our project Sept. 14th - 18th
100% match on all new monthly donations up to $200
100% match on all new monthly donations up to $200

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May 28, 2020

Let's finish this project!

Rancho Style Cafeteria
Rancho Style Cafeteria

We are so close to finishing our cafeteria and kitchen that I can almost smell the fresh food now!

It is imperative that we work together to meet this goal now. In Nicaragua we are surrounded by lush and fertile lands, but none of that matters without a farm to table program for our children! They are the ones that need to stay healthy to learn and grow. We may have the ability to plant and harvest our own food but that food needs to make it on to the plates of our little ones.

Our unique program, known as Growing Adelante, incorporates culinary arts with permaculture and practical life skills. It also incorporates important academic subjects such as math and science. Our kitchen as our project explains, will also serve as a learning kitchen for our students. We make snack time and lunch a part of school with social studies and recess all balled into one. 

With our growing student body, the new kitchen ought to be finished as soon as possible so that we have the space to prepare enough food to feed everyone and do it safely. Our space is so tiny that the cook has nearly no space to move around and even has to cook outside sometimes (well a BBQ calls for that as well!).

This new kitchen and cafeteria will bring life to the food program and connect our agricultural progrm directly with our snacks and school lunches. In order to ensure that our students continue to eat healthy and organic options at school, we must ensure the success of this program.

We have nearly finished the cafeteria and the kitchen but another $23k is still needed to complete the buildings and furnish them. Our school year begins in January 2021 when we hope everyone is back in person receiving classes. By then we need this project to be complete but we can't do it all by ourselves. We need the support of our donors There is no greater gift than making sure children are fed well. Help us ensure healthy minds and bodies at Escuela Adelante! If you have given before to this project, now is the time to give again. Won't you help us help our community and school? 

Students enjoying snack together
Students enjoying snack together
Chef Martha being inventive with limited space
Chef Martha being inventive with limited space
Kitchen construction almost complete
Kitchen construction almost complete
May 27, 2020

Moving forward with your support!

A couple of our primary school girls
A couple of our primary school girls

Escuela Adelante is really making progress on it's campus. Once only a dream, now the dream is becoming a reality thanks to committed donors like YOU!

Did you know that Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries on the Western Hemisphere? Many families have to decide between food and school, especially now during the pandemic. Only through education will the next generation have the tools necessary to lift themselves out of poverty. We need Escuela Adelante to continue to grow. The families need this school because it meets the real needs of this world.  Our students and their families are depending on us. 

We are truly in need of more classrooms by the start of 2021 in order to have enough space for all of our students. Our 3rd grade can no longer share a classroom with 2nd grade and our 4th grade will be launched next calendar year. We have grown our curriculum and our student body, but we need a new building to house our classes. Now is the time to donate to this cause. We have met our recent goals of building the kitchen and the cafeteria. However, we still need 2 new classrooms! 

Our students truly benefit from this high-quality bilingual education and it is unique to any other school around. We need your support to continue to make this campus a reality!

Our students deserve a beautiful atmosphere to learn and grow. 

 
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