School Gardens for Rural Nicaraguan Communities

by SosteNica


According to the FAO, 27% of the people of Nicaragua suffer from undernourishment, due to lack of education and inadequate diet. SosteNica promotes food security for rural Nicaraguan kids. Working with elementary school teachers and their students, we deliver educational workshops and technical assistance to establish and support elementary school gardens and nutrition. These gardens teach students, teachers and parents how to produce and prepare nutritious food without the use of chemicals.

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46% of Nicaraguans live in rural areas practicing mostly subsistence agriculture. The children lack adequate diets, because the adults produce grains for livestock and cash crops rather than wholesome food for their families. Climate change will make rural diets even more insecure. Rural children who do not learn to thrive in the country side will, as adults, migrate to urban areas in search of work.


SosteNica provides materials and technical assistance to rural elementary schools so that they can create and sustain their own gardens. The gardens offer diverse produce to balance diets and ensure food security, as well as to teach important lessons about living on Earth. Teachers and students learn sustainable gardening techniques and food processing methods in a series of workshops. The gardens benefit from regular maintenance and checkups from the SosteNica team.

Long-Term Impact

The project will create sustainable organic garden programs at rural schools around Nagarote, Nicaragua. Rural Nicaraguan children and their teachers will learn to cultivate diverse crops in an environmentally sustainable manner while preserving soil fertility and bolstering food security. Benefits include: hands-on learning, including science, math and nutrition; environmental stewardship through connection with nature; healthier lifestyles; student engagement; science education; school pride

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


Family gardens project video
Silvio Mayorga School garden project Picasa album
SosteNica Facebook page
SosteNica Sos Productivo Facebook page

Organization Information


Location: West Chester, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Alan Wright
West Chester, PA United States
$14,875 raised of $30,000 goal
181 donations
$15,125 to go
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