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Feb 6, 2018

Deysel: A Reason to Give

Watch the video to learn how children like Deysel benefit from Fabretto's education programs thanks to generous supporters like you.

Poverty hits children the hardest, but quality education changes everything. Fabretto education programs develop academic, social, and emotional skills with an emphasis on strong values, including respect, responsibility, and service to the community. By working with the entire community – parents, teachers, decision-makers – we are creating healthy environments where children can thrive.

Through comprehensive training, Fabretto ensures that teachers learn updated, proven teaching techniques, such as Montessori and Open Learning. For instance, Fabretto teachers implement play-based learning through the use of LEGO blocks in the classroom, promoting hands-on learning through interactive, child-centered lessons. Children are given the freedom to explore and learn through play, and the teacher becomes a facilitator and “playmate.” To ensure that teachers are prepared to support children’s development, teachers must learn how to play. Each activity and game that the teachers learn help students like Deysel develop a strong foundation in communication, literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills. LEGO Foundation studies have shown that children who learn through play are active, curious learners who develop motor skills and use their imagination.

At Fabretto Education Centers, computer classes and small libraries foster technological skills and a love of reading in young children. Teachers and students receive essential learning resources and supplies, such as notebooks, pencils, maps, and crayons. All of these initiatives work together to help students develop positive attitudes towards school, the world and people in general. 

Thank you for making all of this possible!

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Dec 7, 2017

When malnutrition is about more than just hunger

Fabretto Children’s Foundation serves nutritious meals in 440 Nicaraguan public schools and 9 Fabretto-owned Education Centers, supporting children like Jessie, whose life was threatened due to severe malnutrition. In Nicaragua – a country with 46% of the population living below the poverty line, 20% suffering from malnourishment, and 22% of children experiencing irreversible growth stunting due to inadequate nutrition in early childhood (UNICEF) – school meals can not only save lives but also contribute to Sustainable Development Goals #1 and #4.

SDG2: Contributing to Zero Hunger

Fabretto believes firmly in the importance of school meals in the fight to alleviate child malnutrition in Nicaragua. We see providing improved nutrition for children under age six as an essential investment in their futures and the future of Nicaragua. During the early stages of development, children are at greatest risk of micronutrient deficiencies, which can hinder their development and prevent them from reaching their full physical and cognitive potential. In 2016, close to 70% of preschool and primary children from underserved communities benefiting from Fabretto school meals, concluded the year with normal height and weight.

SDG4: Quality Education

At Fabretto, school meals represent an integral part of education. Our school meals support physical growth and cognitive development, provide important vitamins and minerals, and give children the energy that they need to fully participate in school activities. For many of these children, the school lunch served by Fabretto is their only full meal of the day, which is why parents are more likely to encourage their children to stay in school every day, ultimately showing a positive impact in school performance – attendance, completion, and learning. In 2016, 100% of Fabretto primary school beneficiaries completed the school year.

In 2016, we served 800,000+ school meals to help transform the futures of thousands of children in Nicaragua.Together, we can end child hunger for children like Jessie.

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Nov 15, 2017

A teacher with a vocation

“Miss Rita is downstairs, cleaning the storage room,” the other teachers told me. I am at San Pedro Apostle School, one of four schools under the supervision of Director Rita Reyes located in the municipality of Ticuantepe, Managua.

Indeed, between old furniture, broken slates and dust, was Miss Rita with her hair braided under a hat. “You should not come in it’s very dirty. I`ll be out, ¨ she shouts from the inside. At that moment a man says between his teeth, “that’s the difference between being a teacher by vocation and those who just come because they have to. She knows how to roll up her sleeves.”

Beyond the improvements made in the dining hall, kitchen and storage room made with the support of donors like you, for teacher Rita, the most significant changes have been in children’s habits and behavior. “We have strengthened our strategies and experiences with the students in the topic of Food Security and Nutrition. Thanks to the school garden initiative, choices in snacks and hygiene have improved, such as washing hands and swapping 75% of junk food with fruits and vegetables. In the beginning, we struggled with parents who preferred to give children soda beverages. That has also been a important change in the children’s eating habits. “

In the near future, all of these learning processes will be strengthened to positively influence behavioral changes within students, faculty, and parents through campaigns and trainings on the topic of food security and nutrition. Improved food security and nutrition practices have led to higher school retention rates.

“During the municipal evaluations, we were able to present our work, how it has been done, how the project has supported us, and how school gardens have become family gardens. This year, the ministry of education made a presentation of how school gardens work – using as an example a school garden just like ours,” clarifies the teacher.

Schools like San Pedro Apóstol are now references when it comes to the subject of food securityand nutrition in schools. This has been possible possible thanks to the generosity of our donors. However, a lot remains to be done. For now, they will continue on with the cleaning of the school to optimize the space where children learn and play.

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