Children
 Nicaragua
Project #13141

Help Feed and Educate 300 Nicaraguan Children

by NicaWorks!
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100 pounds of rice is heavier than you
100 pounds of rice is heavier than you'd think!

We are so encouraged by some recent giving and support from local and international partners. The practical assistance these partners have given are complementing the financial support you're providing to continually improve and expand our care to the beautiful children we serve at CCLE and their families!

The American Nicaragua Foundation (ANF) is a local partner in Nicaragua that will call every few months or so for us to pick up donations….recently they called with some rice and beans, cleaning materials and clothing. We are so grateful for ANF's support which allow us to do even more!

Chachi enjoys the "puzzle" challenge of trying to fit a pile of stuff into the “Ambulance” mobile.  It is always a fun surprise to see what ANF donates…today the fun surprise was clorox wipes for each classroom:) -- something that is ALWAYS needed! The beautiful thing about Club Esperanza is we always have volunteers helping at moments like these too. Camilo is part of our High School group and Marvin is a member of the community that volunteers as an assistant in our Kindergarden class...a 100 pound sack of rice, that ain’t nothing!!!

Another long-term partner of ours - Austin Samaritans from Texas - came back down to CCLE in April after they learned about our desire to open a computer lab to help further our students' opportunities for education and advancement. Not only did they support the effort financially, they came down and build the shelving themselves, installed electrical and air conditioning, as well as painted the room and varnished the desk!

The world is shrinking and technology is allowing young people from all parts of the world to see things from a greater perspective.There are so many great opportunities for learning on the web and we do not want our children to be left behind! This computer lab is going to give them access to the world, but even more than that we hope to help them to develop the basic computer skills that will give them a real advantage in their future careers like being able to type correctly on a keyboard, use word processors, and be able to do advanced research on internet resources. This lab is going to really be a great asset for all of our kids!

There are items we would like to fund such as hiring a computer lab monitor, upgrading our technology, the monthly electrical costs, software updates, changing the door to the room for one with glass windows, etc. If you're interested in having your donation go toward these costs please note "Computer Lab" on your giving. We are so grateful for your ongoing interest in and support for our work!

We never know what we
We never know what we'll get from ANF!
Teamwork makes the day even more fun!
Teamwork makes the day even more fun!
Austin Samaritan volunteers building the new lab
Austin Samaritan volunteers building the new lab
What a beautiful new computer lab!!
What a beautiful new computer lab!!
The CCLE kids give the new lab a thumbs up!
The CCLE kids give the new lab a thumbs up!
2016 high school scholarship participants
2016 high school scholarship participants

Every year for the past ten years we have selected a group of teenagers from alumni of Colegio Esperanza and offered them the opportunity to be a part of a program that will help them through their high school years. It is a great opportunity for us to continue our involvement in their lives but also help some students whose lives are pretty difficult and they are just trying to get ahead. This year we have a young mother named Adriana who is trying to finish high school on Saturdays and a young man named Ernesto who has been working to support his family everyday since he was 12 by selling tortillas. We're looking forward to join Adriana, Ernesto and the others in their efforts to succeed.

School starts in mid-February in Nicaragua so a few weeks ago we took the students out shopping for school supplies, new shoes and uniforms. It was fun to hang out with all of them and get to know them better.  We always like to try and have lots of fun too so we stopped for ice cream at the Centro Comercial...because who doesn't like ice cream?!

A special thank you to our good friend Brad Corrigan and his Love, Light & Melody nonprofit organization for their support in getting uniforms and school supplies to our high school kids.

Computers have come to Club Esperanza!
Computers have come to Club Esperanza!

Our friends at Austin Samaritans in Texas brought down a huge blessing for the Tutoring program at Club Esperanza during their last visit. They were able to get a donation of 10 Dell Mini laptops that have been refurbished and programmed in Spanish. What a HUGE blessing!

The world we live in is advancing technologically and we want to be able to offer our students the best chance to succeed in the world. The deck is stacked against our kids already, but we want to bust past any barriers in their way!  These computers are going to be a huge part of that. They are already on super high demand every afternoon at Club Esperanza. Our tutors jockey to be first in line to sign them out of the office for use in their classroom (I think the kids send them over first thing!). In fact our internet can’t even keep up with all of them! It is so great.

As we look towards the future one of the improvements we would like to make for Club Espernaza in 2016 is to complete a computer lab. We actually have a small room that we can use. We just need to do some remodeling to make it capable of being a computer lab….including electrical wiring, network system setup, installing desks and computer chairs, as well as air conditioning the space so the computers last. Ideally we would put desktop computers in the lab, so that the mini computers can remain mobile but be checked out and used in classrooms.

All of your gifts, prayers, and support keep us continually encouraged - good things are happening at Club Esperanza and YOU are a part of that! 

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Play can be hard work!
Play can be hard work!

Earlier this summer we had a wonderful group come down from Tallahassee and go to work at Club Esperanza while all the children were away on their summer vacations.  Their idea was to do a complete makeover of the Club’s Academic building…painting all the walls, changing color schemes, putting up new wall art, building custom play sets for specified play areas, etc…  All with the hopes that the children and staff would have a HUGE surprise when they got back to school….you know, that “Move That Bus” experience!

Well, it definitely worked and the Club looks so beautiful with its new makeover and of course all the kids loved it…it was hard to pull them away from all their new fun play areas!  Even better than that, was how much the teachers appreciated their newly painted and decorated rooms as well as all the teaching materials, portable radios and shelving units they each received in their classrooms.  As anyone who is a teacher can attest to, to have help revamping your classroom is a HUGE blessing!  And then to see all the little play units which are so cute….the crew that custom made the kids play areas were so impressive!

This team deserves high fives for their hard work!
This team deserves high fives for their hard work!
Some of our girls playing "mama" to their babies!
Some of our girls playing "mama" to their babies!
Let the fun begin!
Let the fun begin!
There may be a few too many cooks in this kitchen!
There may be a few too many cooks in this kitchen!
Expanding space to give little kids lots of room!
Expanding space to give little kids lots of room!
More than 300 children are enrolled in Club Cristiana La Esperanza programs for the 2015 school year! Our staff of 13 Nicaraguans engage with the children and their families in many ways including preschool and kindergarten classes, elementary school tutoring and a high school scholarship program. We also have great arts and sports programs, including a partnership with Lacrosse the Nations. Of course the highlight of the day for most kids is the meals we provide twice a day - many of these children would not otherwise eat. By meeting the educational and nutritional needs we have doors opened to us to care for our students, minister to their families, and deal head-on with hard things that thrive in impoverished environments including drug addiction, sexual abuse, gang violence, and violence against women and children.

Our main impact on High School aged kids is our scholarship program.  We have a select group of students that are in need of a some extra help to make it through the school year.  Public school here is free but each student is required to wear a uniform and then there are all the costs of school supplies and school activity that add up throughout the year. We meet those needs and then incorporate monthly “youth group” type meetings and also service projects every month.  It is a great way for us to impact the lives of teenagers! With the generosity of the nonprofit Love, Light & Melody we were able to take all the kids on a shopping spree for new school year clothes and a special ice cream treat.

We've also been doing a lot of construction at CCLE starting with the end of the school year last November. In the main education building we knocked down walls and expanded the sizes of the preschool classrooms. For the last two years our preschool classes have been in classes about half the size that they should be, so it was good to fix that! We also did a lot of landscaping and laying stone in the vehicle entrance as well as putting up a fence to make our playground its own separate space. Last but not least? An outdoors teacher lounge. Well-deserved for our staff that cares for all of these kids so patiently, faithfully...and joyfully!

New notebooks and supplies for a new school year!
New notebooks and supplies for a new school year!
The teachers lounge is looking great!
The teachers lounge is looking great!
What high school kid doesn
What high school kid doesn't like new clothes?!
Bus rides together are loco!
Bus rides together are loco!

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NicaWorks!

Location: Oak Hill, VA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.nica.works
Project Leader:
Tim Adams
Executive Director
Herndon, VA United States

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