Fabretto Children's Foundation

Our mission is to empower underserved children and their families in Nicaragua to reach their full potential, improve their livelihoods, and take advantage of economic opportunity through education and nutrition.
Nov 18, 2014

Primary Education Report, Final Quarter of 2014

Elena and Karla
Elena and Karla

 

Our education program's goal is to help children in Nicaragua learn, succeed, and reach a better future for themselves and their communities. Alleviating child hunger is an essential part of achieving this mission, and each day, we serve thousands of meals to children around the country.

Meet 9-year-old Elena and Karla, twin sisters who live in the trash dump community, La Cruz, in Nicaragua.*  In their community, most families live in houses made of corrugated metal and plastic or of old wooden boards.  Their homes have dirt floors and no running water or inside toilet.  Families survive by collecting recyclables in the dump, earning just a dollar or two a day – leaving little to pay for a full meal each day, not to mention school supplies.

The twins have been benefiting from Fabretto’s nutritious school lunches since 2010, before there was even a school building in the dump. In those days, the lunches were served at desks outside. The La Cruz school was constructed by Fabretto and buildOn in 2011, with generous support from GlobalGiving users during our past fundraiser. Since then, many service groups and volunteers have helped Fabretto construct a kitchen, garden, a swing set, and a well for the school. 

Once the school was built, Elena and Karla were able to begin their education. School lunch is essential to their success; the meal helps them focus on learning, rather than their worrying about their next meal. Too often, school lunch is the only meal they eat each day.  That's why Fabretto designs meals that are fortified with the vitamins and minerals that growing children need and fulfill 60% of each child's recommended daily caloric intake.

Malnourishment causes students learn at a slower pace, struggle to pay attention, and have trouble remembering what they've learned. Fabretto's lunches enable students to do their best in school, and Anita, the mother of the twins, says she has seen a change: "They have improved a lot now that they're eating more, and they can read now."

A typical Fabretto school lunch includes fortified rice and soy, beans, tortillas, juice, and sometimes meat or dairy products, plus fruits and vegetables grown in the garden.   Mothers from the community volunteer to cook lunch for the students.  Through the school kitchen, Anita has become involved in her daughters’ education.  She volunteers regularly and ensures that the twins attend school each day. 

With Fabretto school lunches and primary education close to their home, Elena and Karla are moving toward a better future.

Thank you for your support in 2014!

 

*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of our beneficiaries.

The twins
The twins' home in the La Cruz dump in Nicaragua
A student enjoys school lunch in Las Sabanas
A student enjoys school lunch in Las Sabanas
A group of Fabretto students at the La Cruz school
A group of Fabretto students at the La Cruz school

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Oct 7, 2014

Final Report - Rural Secondary Education Project

SAT beneficiary and family member
SAT beneficiary and family member

The Rural Secondary Education project in Nicaragua continues to provide youth in over 30 rural communities with access to quality secondary education.  Most are the first in their families to continue their education beyond the sixth grade. This school year, we've seen our students improve academically and apply their skills to the rural environment.  Many of these students have involved their families in agricultural projects and small businesses that benefit the whole community. 

In the program, one of the highlights of the second year of study is the "Chicken Project."  Students and teachers raised a group of chickens and learn about the agricultural cycle hands-on.  As they build the coop, care for the eggs, and feed the chickens as they grow, the students apply the lessons they've learned in mathematics and science classes - calculating percentages, comparing weights, keeping track of costs, and more.

At the end of the Chicken Project, the students understand not only their science and math lessons, but also have developed skills on the basics of raising chickens - an excellent source of eggs and protein in rural Nicaragua. For example, one young student, pictured with her grandmother, has taken the lesson and replicated it at her home.  Using the skills she developed through the project, she has proudly shown her family the best way to care for the chickens and their investment has paid off.  Now, her family supplements their typical meals of rice and beans with protein-rich foods, improving the family diet.

This is the essence of Fabretto's program - providing access to education that is truly meaningful and relevant for students in rural Nicaraguan communities.  We're proud to see that their effort is truly paying off, and more graduates are becoming influential leaders who drive rural development forward in their communities.

Our rural education program has been steadily expanding and next year Fabretto hopes to reach more communities. We hope you will stay informed and involved by following our blog on our website, www.fabretto.org.  Thank you for your support!

SAT students in San Isidro
SAT students in San Isidro

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Aug 27, 2014

Primary Education Report, September 2014

Primary students in Esteli
Primary students in Esteli

In Nicaragua, keeping children in school and on track is an enormous challenge. Children often drop out during the school year to work to support their families or fail to pass the grade level. Government data estimates that 47% of students in rural areas have repeated at least one grade level, and repetition is strongly correlated with poverty.

 

Our primary enrichment programs work to change that. Last year, almost all of our students stayed in school (94%) and passed to the next grade level (93%) - an enormous accomplishment in Nicaragua, and especially in vulnerable communities. From 2011-2013, with Fabretto programs, the percentage of children reading At or Above Grade Level more than doubled. By focusing on ensuring early grade literacy, we help children master the basics to reduce drop outs and grade repetition.

 

Children also need to be engaged and interested in school to develop a love of learning. Fabretto's after school enrichment programs introduce children to new activities that they do not experience in regular public school classes. Volunteers are a key part of this program, sharing their expertise in music, sports, technology, arts & crafts, and more.

 

This quarter, a volunteer named Camilo led a group of primary students in an introductory photography workshop in rural San Jose de Cusmapa. With support from Fabretto enrichment teachers Hilda and Milenia, Camilo taught his students about the basics of photography. Camilo reflected, "'In communities as isolated and poor as Cusmapa, a workshop like this is something totally unique and provides them with a great opportunity to explore their creative side, have access to technology, and get to be excited about learning from the photos they have taken so that they improve in every class.''

 

The kids had a blast! One student explained, "We were really excited about this workshop and to take advantage of the opportunity to learn how to take good pictures." With Camilo, the students learned how to use a digital camera, went into the field, and took photos of their environment, families, and friends - an incredible opportunity. You can follow the video series, "Desde Mi Lente," or Picture My World in English, on the Fabretto blog to learn more about this initiative and its results.

 

With the support of dedicated volunteers like Camilo, Fabretto's enrichment program will continue to motivate students to stay in school and discover the possibilities of education.

 

Primary students engaged in literacy activities
Primary students engaged in literacy activities
Camilo, Fabretto volunteer, leading a workshop
Camilo, Fabretto volunteer, leading a workshop
A student takes photos during enrichment class
A student takes photos during enrichment class

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