Due to social and economic conditions, less than ten percent of adolescents in Nicaragua are able to earn a high school degree. Rayo de Sol focuses on creating educational opportunities for youth in Nicaragua, so that they may develop practical skills for the future. This project will provide scholarships for 75 adolescents in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Students will receive school supplies, stipend, as well as participating in developmental activities, such as sports, art and personal development.
In the city of Matagalpa, less than 20% of the young people are able to earn a high school degree. Many families can't afford to purchase the school uniforms and supplies necessary to attend public high schools. Consequently, many young people begin working to contribute to their family's income, and are also subject to risks such as teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, youth gangs and migration. The lack of high school education severly limits their economic opportunities in the future.
This project will provide scholarships for 75 young people in Matagalpa. Students will receive uniforms, shoes, school supplies and a monthly stipend to cover transporation and miscellaneous expenses. Students will also participate in extracurricular activities that will contribute to their growth and development as human beings. Activities include community service, sports, art classes, reading, communications, environmental education, violence prevention and gender equality training.
With a high school education, these young people will be able to access higher quality employment in the future. Not only will they have increased earning capacity, but will also have developed better critical and creative thinking skills. The training they will receive in community service, environmental responsibility, violence prevention and gender equality will also have a substantial impact on their families and their community. This will have a positive impact for approximately 750 people.