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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!


Oct 18, 2016

Eyeglasses for Children in San Juan de Oriente

Niños con anteojos

Students from San Juan de Oriente Center wearing their new eyeglasses

This month, the power of partnerships was manifested in the lives of children with vision limitations from Fabretto’s newest Education Center in San Juan de Oriente. Thanks to a partnership between Coastal’s Change The View, and a local Nicaraguan company, Opticas Visión, children received their very first eyeglasses and even got to choose their own frames!

Fabretto and Coastal partnered to identify students who struggle to learn with blurred vision. Ultimately, 73 children received complimentary eye examinations thanks to Opticas Visión. Of those 73, 40 children under 16 years old had never had their vision screened and required eyeglasses. The excitement was evident in the faces of the children and parents. Most families in San Juan de Oriente live on less than $2 a day – a pair of eyeglasses is a luxury they cannot afford.


Celia’s son receives a new pair of eyeglasses at Fabretto’s San Juan de Oriente Education Center.

”I was never able to bring my child to an eye doctor. I can’t express how happy I am for my son.” commented Celia López, mother of one of the 40 student beneficiaries.

One by one, the students received a new pair of eyeglasses, accompanied by their proud parents. This donation has changed the lives of these children for the better, improving their reading skills and overall performance at school.

Thank you, Coastal and Opticas Visión, for being true change-makers!

About Coastal 

Coastal is the largest online eyewear company in the world with a mission to make vision correction accessible worldwide. Founded in 2000, Coastal offers the most extensive selection of prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses and sunglasses.

Change the View is Costal’s charitable initiative aimed at removing barriers to vision correction and health by donating prescription eyeglasses to restore vision, providing UV protective sunglasses to protect from sight deteriorating UV rays, distributing Vitamin A tablets to prevent the early onset of eye disease in children, sharing educational resources and facilitating optical training to aid with long-term and sustainable solution.


Jul 27, 2016

The Ripple Effect of Teacher Training

Darling with her students.
Darling with her students.

In a country where only 28% of rural children who begin school reach the 6th grade (UNICEF), Fabretto’s Early & Primary Education Program boast a 92% retention rate. This program supports strong academic, social, and personal development, serving as a resource for the whole community during and after school. 

Through teacher training in leading Montessori and Open Learning methodologies, Fabretto is able to reach thousands of children, both directly and indirectly. When a teacher is trained by Fabretto, he or she is prepared to replicate knowledge with other teachers in their communities. This is the case of Darling, a skilled teacher who has trained other teachers in rural communities of Nicaragua. 

Darling was first drawn to the Fabretto Mama Margarita Center in Somoto as a 10th grader looking for an opportunity to be in the student choir. After graduation, Darling became the proud recipient of a university scholarship through Fabretto. 

Having started by volunteering at the Fabretto Center during her free time, she quickly excelled in the organization. As a scholarship student majoring in Education, she participated in Fabretto teacher-training workshops. In 2009, before her college career was complete, she was offered a teaching position.

Three years later, now a college graduate, Darling is responsible for overseeing educational programs and leading teacher training in 11 rural communities in Somoto. Trained in Montessori and Open Learning methodologies, she is passionate about improving student performance and retention through hands-on learning, also known as ‘Learning Through Play.’ 

In 2015, Fabretto received more than 3.5 million Lego pieces in 2015 thanks to the generosity of The Lego Foundation. Darling is one of the many teachers implementing play-based learning through the use of Legos in the classroom, and the children are loving it. The teachers she trains all agree: “This works because I have tried it and I have seen the results.” 

Montessori and Open Learning methodologies and materials are spreading throughout Somoto classrooms. It is evident that Darling and other Fabretto trainers have inspired more teachers than anyone could have imagined.

Today, Darling is implementing these programs at the regional level. We are confident she will reach even more at-risk children through the ripple effect of teacher training.


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