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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