Through the generous support of Global Giving, La Isla Foundation was able to open English classes to 5th and 6th graders in the La Isla community in rural Nicaragua. As their school year draws to a close at the end of this month, the dramatic change in our students is more than could ever be imagined.
All students in our classes are now holding begining conversations in English, enough to introduce themselves and meet someone new.
Joselyn, a student whose father had died from working conditions just months before school started, came out of her shell through English classes and has begun to not only participate in classes, but participate in the school yard fun activities as well.
Boys who in the begining of the year talked about their futures in the fields now report desires for better jobs and better treatment in the work place.
Students, through out presentations, are not just gaining a knowledge of different oppotrunities and livelihoods, but gaining an appreciation of choice.
The purpose of these classes were to train rural, underprivilated children in English and prepare them for jobs in offices and away from the field work that has taken the lives of their fathers and brothers. As we've seen through the school year, it has done so much more than that. These children are given an opportunity to improve not only the length of their lives, but the quality as well.
We greatly appreciate the support we have recieved this year through the Global Giving campaign and are excited to see how far it continues to take out participants in the upcoming years.