Give the Gift of Education!

by Escuela Adelante
Give the Gift of Education!

The 2022 school year is in full swing!

Classes are full, teachers are innovating and families are happy once again - the new school year is off and running! In Nicaragua, students start school in January and finish by December. This school year, we added 5th grade and continue to make progress in the development of our school. The preschool continues to operate Montessori-inspired lessons and we are strengthening our primary school curriculum and bilingual programs looking forward soon to secondary schooling. Our female empowerment program, English language courses, and immense opportunities for local children to succeed are some of what continue to make Escuela Adelante stand out. Since our launch in 2014, we have worked to create a school that represents diversity, equity, and growth.

But, none of that would be possible without the committed sponsors that are contributing to the scholarship program that we have been running through GlobalGiving since 2021. You guys make it possible for all students to attend. At the time that we originally launched this campaign, the world was facing so many challenges and we had more families than ever requesting scholarships. We reached out to our system of support and YOU responded by committing to monthly donations, sponsorships, and other types of help for our most economically vulnerable families.

When given the opportunity, we believe that all students can succeed. We know that families of all backgrounds have the same dreams for their children of success, happiness, triumph, and more. By giving to this campaign you are helping to break down socioeconomic barriers that once held students back and apart. In a global educational system typically set up to separate rather than integrate students of different backgrounds, Escuela Adelante also stands out as a leader in diversity and educational equity across economic, gender and social lines. We believe that our differences inspire greater understanding and learning, and we hope our model contributes to a more peaceful world.

Thank you for committing to a 2022 scholarship or for your one-time donation. 100% of every donation that we receive through this campaign goes directly towards the scholarship student tuition. Our accessible model makes everyone feel welcome and a valued part of the school -- because they are!

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It has been such a great year so far! Even with challenges! Every year we celebrate the Independence of Central America in the month of September. This year, our celebrations looked a little different because of Covid-19. We want to share the beautiful photos with you as these events are very special to us! With events like these, we both celebrate history and make it! That is, every activity we do makes up the story of Escuela Adelante. This year has been one for the record books, with the launch of 4th grade, our Learning Kitchen, outdoor Rancho cafeteria, the relaunch of maternal or ages 18 months to 3 years old, plus new teachers, families, and directors of operations and academics! But, the most important thing that we have done this year is Give the Gift of Education, thanks to Donors like YOU! Did you know that over 50% of our student body receives some sort of financial assistance in the form of a scholarship to attend Escuela Adelante? 

Of those students, less than half have an actual monthly sponsor who directly supports their education. Thanks to campaigns like these however, we have been able to match 19 students to a direct sponsor. These students are now the direct beneficiaries of your support and they flourish with this individualized, lifetime support. They know that they have a donor to whom they can depend on and they are deeply grateful. We feel having a sponsor and not just a scholarship provides greater sense of commitment. Other students, without a sponsor, continue to receive a scholarship through the school. However, it is difficult to sustain these students who are unable to pay tuition because our school relies on program income in order to continue to provide high-quality, bilingual education.

This GlobalGiving fundraising campaign was launched to support those students specifically. The students whose families struggle to put food on the table! The students whose families can't afford decent floor in their house! The families whose roofs need to be repaired, shoes are falling apart or clothes are too small! We are fundraising to support the families who need it most. Yes, our school is based on diversity. Yes, we have students who can afford to pay the full tuition. But, our school in order to be diverse relies on families of all backgrounds. As a non-profit organization, we are committed to providing as many scholarships as our model allows. In order for low-income families to assist however we must have financial support through donors like you. Not only that, but we need donors to consider making lifetime pledges to assist from preschool through secondary in order to support a student through their academic career. 

We are going to continue to push for donations throughout 2021 and beyond to cover the cost of these students on scholarship who are still without a sponsor. We encourage you to: start small, give some, and make a big, lasting impact. We asre asking you to become a monthly recurring donor, if you haven't already. Your donation will receive a 100% one-time match from GlobalGiving! That means you can make an even bigger impact! Next year we are excited about launching 5th grade, moving forward with new constructions (funding pending), and welcoming new students - some of whom may also need our support as well!

Learn more about how we build diversity into our educational model by viewing our new video here. Thank you so much to everyone that continues to give and support. Remember, Education is the gift that keeps on giving! 

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Smiling faces! Happy students!
At Escuela Adelante we believe in three major principles:
  • diversity,
  • equity,
  • excellence.
Without any one of those items, we aren't supporting the growth of our students. Here in Nicaragua, our students need to push ahead despite the multitude of significant challenges in their lives. We are proud to have a diverse student body while providing high-quality education for free or low cost. We believe that excellence resides in the relationship between student and teacher. We foster growth for our children by creating a supportive and caring academic environment that leads to greatness. 
However, trying to keep up with so many families on scholarships while not having any additional funding to cover that financial loss is hugely draining. We went into this project with a goal of financial sustainability, and we provide tuition costs on a tiered payment schedule so that everyone has access to the school. Even still, families struggle to pay tuition on time, and so many families can't afford to pay at all when they must make decisions between food and school. 
In this project report, we want to thank everyone who has given so far and ask that if you haven't done so already, you consider making a recurring monthly donation in the name of one of our scholarship students who is without a sponsor. We need donors to make up the difference, and many people have more than "enough" to share. Sometimes, we don't have the outlet or know where to give. Giving to Escuela Adelante means that 100% of the funds go directly to the children. It is a long-term investment because education is a gift that keeps on giving for a lifetime and beyond. 
Give the gift of education today and donate to this critical and meaningful project in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Here, life is hard, but schooling can be easier for these children with your support. 


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Escuela Adelante

Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Jaime Hunter
Seattle, WA United States
$22,837 raised of $35,000 goal
124 donations
$12,163 to go
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