Our students continue to excel in their studies. Most are prepping for their exams these days as the school year is starting to wind down. Unfortunately our funding has been limited this year due to the lack of tourism so we are only able to provide half scholarships for now but we are hoping for this to improve over the winter. To try to offset this reduction we have offered many of our students part time employment at Coco Loco. Many of them are studying tourism as well so we see this as a great way to support their studies - similar to a paid internship.
We have included a video link that features many of our scholarship students helping us with a school project last winter and also discussing their scholarships and dreams. We hope you enjoy it!
Our students continue to excel in their studies. We are just past the halfway part of the school year (classes run from late February to December). This year has been a much more positive experience for our students as last year they had to deal with a lot of stress and safety concerns due to the anti-government protests. While the protests do continue, and often occur on university campuses, our students have all assured us that they are focused on their studies and avoiding any areas where protests occur. We are very proud of their dedication and ongoing commitment to their studies.
I have included some grade reports for a few students, in which you will see very strong grades. Students are required to maintain a minimum average of 75%.
We have also received word from the film company that helped us with a school build in January that the short film will soon be available so we will include this link in the next report. Our scholarship students played a key role in helping rebuild the San Luis school!
Our scholarship students are back in full study mode after a brief break during the month of February. We have had to cut scholarships to 50% of the monthly value due to a lack of general funding with Waves of Hope due to the political crisis and how it has affected tourism. Despite these challenges, all but one of our 21 students are continuing on with their studies. We lost one student because her family was really struggling due to the lack of tourism and so she is seeking full time work instead of returning to school for now. So while we still continue to struggle our way through the new reality in Nicaragua, for the most part our students are doing great and are very grateful for the support.
We also started a new school year at our high school and plan to have 40+ graduating students this year, many of whom are eager to carry on studying next year at the university level. We are seeking new donors every day and have some hopeful conversations underway.
Our scholarship students also provided great support during a recent 'Ocean Safety' program we ran locally.
Getting ready to head out to the school rehab site
Our students are all on break right now gearing up for the new season to begin in March of this year. We have been keeping them busy though! They most recently helped us complete a school rehab project in San Luis that consisted of a updating a local elementary school with a new roof, new paint, new playgrounds and deep water well and more. We always encourage our students to come out and participate in our Waves projects whenever they can. We are still waiting for grade reports from the 2018 school year (everything is behind this year in Nicaragua) but should have them soon. We look forward to sharing them during our next report. Thanks for your ongoing support!
We are pleased to report that after a trying year politically in Nicaragua, the education system has returned to its full time regular schedule across the country. Our students are pleased to have been able to apply their renewed focus to their studies over the past 3 months and are looking forward to wrapping up this year in early December. They are all locked in studying for their finals now and completing their final reports. We are proud of their dedication and focus through this trying period for Nicaragua.
We are expecting final grades reports prior to the next quarterly report and look forward to sharing them with all of you.
We are also excited to announce that we have a huge graduating class coming out of our high school this year. We are expecting about 40 students, which again is an excellent number, given the tough year we have all experienced. We are accepting scholarship applications from this group as well and if funding allows we look forward to adding an additional 5-10 students to our scholarship program for the 2019 academic year.
We thank you all for your ongoing generosity and support.
The photos included are from some group activities that our scholarship students have participated in with us this year.
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