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Jun 26, 2017

Fabretto's Newest Education Center in Granada

Carita Felíz Educational Center in Granada joins Fabretto Children’s Foundation to continue offering education to children and youth with limited resources.

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Fabretto will continue the work that Carita Feliz has been doing in the area during the past 15 years (2001-2016), benefiting children and youth throughtout the years under the generous leadership of Danish philanthropist Peder Kolind, who passed away suddenly in June 2015. The center will retain its original name, Carita Feliz, but Fabretto will assume operations and the implementation of quality internationally-recognized educational programs in Granada.

“The idea behind this union is to be able to continue the dream that ‘Don’ Peder started,” said Meylin Busto, Director of the Carita Felíz Center.

Under Fabretto’s leadership, this year the center is expected to benefit around 600 children and youth, from 3 to 25 years of age, through the educational reinforcement program, allowing students to reinforce the knowledge acquired in their public schools and to receive technical courses endorsed by INATEC (National Technological Institute of Nicaragua). In addition, school lunches and parent training will be offered in order to promote participation in school activities alongside their children.

Odra is a single mother of 7 children. For her, the support her children have received at the center has changed her life. She is very grateful to the Kolind family and is happy that she can continue to count on that support through Fabretto. “Thanks to the education that the children receive here, we are moving forward; not only the children, but the whole community.” The Center has not only helped Odra with her children's education, but as a mother, she has also benefited from workshops, technical courses, and more.

Odra, with three of her children during the inauguration of the new Fabretto Education Center

Fabretto’s Educational Enrichment Program has contributed towards our students’ academic achievement in rural communities in Nicaragua. In 2015, the school retention rate of Fabretto’s beneficiary students was 92%. Fabretto hopes that the Carita Felíz Center in Granada will bring positive results for the community. Fabretto’s educational programs focus on community-level transformation, ensuring that parents, teachers, and decision-makers are also trained to contribute to the development of at-risk children and youth.

“We have already started receiving training in innovative educational methodologies, such as Montessori, to improve our technique and benefit the community,” said Sara Tercero, Preschool Coordinator at the Carita Felíz Center.

Each year, Fabretto benefits thousands of students nationwide, running education programs in 9 Education Centers and more than 250 MINED public schools.

“We want to complement the valuable work of MINED (Ministry of Education), joining forces with great friends and collaborators. Following the legacy of service of our founder, Padre Rafael María Fabretto, and of Mr. Peder Kolind, we hope to contribute our grain of sand, bringing hope to thousands of children and youth of Nicaragua,” said Kevin Marinacci, CEO of Fabretto Children’s Foundation.

 Andreas Kolind (left) and Kevin Marinacci during the inaugural ceremony.



Apr 16, 2017

Fabretto Promotes Inclusive Education

“Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” — SDG 4

The Sustainable Development Goals are ambitious, and we know that education is the key to the success of the SDGs. Without quality education for all, we will fall short in the goals in other sectors, such as ending hunger, improving health, caring for the environment, and more.

In February, Fabretto focused in on one very important part of Goal #4: inclusive education. Our team participated in an Inclusive Education Seminar in Alajuela, Costa Rica. In the workshop, participants learned about the theory and practice of inclusive education in the context of Central America, and visited a model inclusive school in Costa Rica. Our team also had the chance to engage in dialogue and exchange with representatives from NGOs from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.

Inclusive education means that all students — regardless of ability or perceived disability — are welcomed, supported, and integrated as active participants in all educational activities. In Nicaragua, too many schools fail to meet the learning needs of all students — and too many children with different abilities do drop out.

The resources provided in the Seminar will help Fabretto’s technical team diagnose potential learning disabilities (such as dyslexia and dysgraphia) and identify children’s special needs. Our staff is now better equipped to work with Nicaraguan teachers to develop individualized education plans and to promote strategies for inclusion of all children in the classroom.

Four members of Fabretto’s team attended the workshop: Dánea Mairena, Coordinator of Early & Primary Education; Darling Baez, Regional Education Coordinator; Mayela Robleto, Las Sabanas Education Coordinator; and Gertrudis Mayorga, Coordinator of the BASES Project in RACCS. Each team member is currently reviewing the course material to determine next steps for integration into Fabretto’s national education strategy and local initiatives.

 Danea, Darling, Gertrudis and Mayela


Jan 18, 2017

Growing and Learning in 2016

As the Nicaraguan school year ended, we said hasta pronto to students, teachers, and friends in the communities where we work and celebrated Graduation Day. We also took a moment to look back on the past year’s accomplishments and what’s in store for the New Year.

This is the reality: Nicaragua continues to be the poorest Spanish-speaking country in the world, and the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere after Haiti. Resources for education, particularly in rural communities, are scarce. Too many children repeat grade levels or drop out of school altogether, and fewer than half of youth finish secondary education.

Our Response in 2016


In response to this need, we provided 19,000 students with primary and secondary education programs in 2016. Additional highlights include:

  • 443 Nicaraguan public schools supported with educational services
  • 800,000+ school lunches served
  • 2,100+ teachers and parents trained on strategies to support children’s education and health in the classroom and at home
  • Fabretto’s newest Education Center in San Juan de Oriente, Masaya continued to grow to support over 500
  • The CARE-Cargill project Nourishing the Future, which supports 26 schools and 300+ farmers, joined the Fabretto family
  • The Nuria Garcia Center celebrated its first year of providing early childhood development and pre-natal care services in rural Nicaragua
  • 277 volunteers from the U.S., Spain, Canada, Luxembourg, Austria, and Germany visited Fabretto and shared their time and talents to support children in Nicaragua
Looking ahead to 2017


We are thrilled that new partnerships will allow Fabretto to expand its primary education programs even further:

  • New education, nutrition, and community development projects will reach children and families in municipalities of Granada, Chinandega, Masaya, Ticuantepe, & Tipitapa
  • Extension of the USAID-funded BASES project in RACCS through 2017 and expansion of its literacy programs to support more local public schools

Your donations have made all of this possible, and we are deeply grateful to all who have contributed to Fabretto in 2016. Thank you!


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