Incentives for Education in Southwestern Nicaragua

by Nicaragua Children's Foundation
San Francisco de Asis, March 2012
San Francisco de Asis, March 2012

First of all, thanks to everyone who participated by donating to this project! As you all know, we met the Global Giving challenge last April and were able to set up a scholarship program for our town school in San Juan del Sur.

When we were there in August, we set up the program with the help of our agent, Veronica Castro. The program will be for students who show academic promise and a keen interest in learning, but whose families are unable to provide them with the materials/supplies needed to stay in school. The schools included in the project are San Francisco de Asis, Ojochal and Miravalle. The program will look like this:

For one student in each of grades 3, 4, and 5, a $50 scholarship for school supplies.

For one student in grade 6, a scholarship of $150 to enable them to continue on to high school.


This project has been fully funded and will begin at the end of this calendar year, which is also the end of the school year in Nicaragua. Thanks again, everyone!

Mona Donovan


A child from Ojochal
A child from Ojochal

Hi everyone, 

Thanks to all our supporters, we now have just over $6,000 for scholarships and bursaries for the children in Nicaragua. We know that this will make a very big difference to the lives of these children and to their families. The money raised will be enough to sustain the scholarship program for the first five years. Although we originally began with a target of $4,000, we surpassed this very quickly and decided that the project could use more funding. The funds donated above our first target level will allow the scholarship program to go longer. Scholarships will be awarded to children based on financial need and academic performance. We think that they will also help to underline the value of education and will provide recognition of the hard work and achievement of the children.

Riley and his Nicaraguan friend, Alvarito
Riley and his Nicaraguan friend, Alvarito

The Challenge was successful! Thanks to your generous support, the NCF has secured a permanent place on the GlobalGiving website. This gives the NCF enhanced visibility and the ability to provide tax receipts to both Canadian and American supporters.

The Challenge required the projects be supported by at least 50 donors, raise at least $4,000, all within one month. The NCF project raised $5,400 from 66 donors within the first 2 weeks. Thanks to everyone for donating and for spreading the word!

The funds raised will be enough to sustain the scholarship program for the first 5 years.The funds donated above our original target level will give this initial scholarship program a longer duration than we had originally anticipated. Scholarships will be provided to families based on a combination of financial need and academic performance. In a country where the average labourer earns $5 per day, the scholarships will make a difference to the ability of families to keep their children in school. We think that they will also help to underline the value of education and will provide recognition of the hard work and achievement of the children.

We will consult with the teachers and principals to develop a clear and fair set of eligibility criteria and an objective selection process. We hope to be able to personally attend at the first awards ceremony this fall ( the end of the Nicaragua school year). The scholarship program builds on a wide range of activities undertaken by the NCF - please check out our website for more information : If you would like to get more involved - we have got lots of ideas and we would love to hear from you.

Thanks so much for your support. Mona, Allan and Riley Donovan, NCF


Kids from Ojochal
Kids from Ojochal

Ojochal is a small farming community near San Juan del Sur. To get to it, you have to cross two rivers. At certain times of the year, the road is impassable. When you reach Ojochal, the first thing you notice is the animals. It's pretty common to see cows and horses on the road. Closer to the houses, you will start to notice the pigs, chickens and dogs. At this point, you will begin to see the houses. These are more like wooden structures really. People here cook and generally live outside most of the time, so the houses are really just rooms for sleeping. 

Each houses has access to about a pail full of clean water every second day or so, depending on how well the water pump is working. Very soon, each house will also have electricity; this is a project we've been working on for some time. Just recently, the Mayor of San Juan del Sur agreed to pay for half of the cost of bringing electricity to Ojochal. Papers were signed on our most recent trip to Nicaragua and the project will soon be a reality. The people now face an additional cost of about $100 per house; this is something we didn't realize and will have to work on at a later point. 

For now, we would like to give the children growing up in Ojochal a chance to have what we know is going to make a real difference in their lives--an education. Right now, the priority for most families there is to have enough people to work in the fields. To achieve this, kids are regularly taken out of school to help on the farm. In addition, very few actually go beyond grade six, as this means extra costs to the families and a long and more importantly, expensive trip to San Juan del Sur every day. 

Our proposal to raise money for scholarships is going to help change this. The money we raise will provide children with the opportunity to continue on to high school. The effect of this will be both immediate and far-reaching. It's surprisingly inexpensive for us to help and makes an incredible difference. Thanks in advance for your support!


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Nicaragua Children's Foundation

Location: West Vancouver, BC - Canada
Website: http:/​/​
Nicaragua Children's Foundation
Project Leader:
Mona Donovan
West Vancouver, BC Canada

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