Help Us Build A School For Some Children That Really Need It
Organized by: Heather Farmer
On a recent trip to Nicaragua we were stunned by the beauty of the countryside and the kindness of the people. We were asked by the eco resort to bring a few items from the US for an elementary school that they sponsor. My husband went to a local store and bought a suitcase full of school supplies for the kids. We had our wonderful few days of relaxation and sightseeing, and on our last day we went to deliver what we had brought for the children. The school house was a one room building painted yellow. Simple, but clean and orderly… you could tell that it was well cared for. The children’s artwork adorned the walls, just like you would expect here in the U.S. The kids were amazing! Although they did not speak English, and we speak very little Spanish, they all introduced themselves and showed us the pictures they were drawing. Having 3 and 5-year-old children of our own, these kids really touched our hearts. We left the school with wonderful feelings and memories… what a great way to end our trip! Or so we thought. Then it was off to the airport. On the way, our guide and driver from the resort asked if we wanted to see another local school. We had the time, and had just had such a great experience, so we said “yes”, As we pull up to the ‘school’, my husband and I were appalled! The school was a tarp on the ground with the children sitting on the tarp with another tarp overhead, strung between several trees. There was no school building. Nicaragua is a very wet country, and no child should have to sit in the rain under a tarp while trying to learn! We soon found out why there was such a disparity between this ‘school’, and the one we just left… there is no government funding. The previous school house was built by a German couple who stayed at the resort two years ago. The children in the second ‘school’ were not fortunate enough to have had a foreign benefactor. We have now taken up that cause for those children. We realize that we cannot save the world. That being said, between us, our friends, our family and our business partners, we have the resources to affect a change in the lives of those children, and of those who will attend in years to come. We have contacted the resort owner and he is aligning the needed resources (lawyers, permits, and construction crew) that it will take to build this school. Myself and my husband will be on site in Nicaragua the week of construction to ensure that things are done right and all of our monies are going to the proper people. This will not be a fancy American-style school, rather an eight-hundred square foot building with running water, electricity, and a solid roof. Ninety-nine percent of every dollar donated will go directly towards the building, furniture, and school equipment and supplies. The crowd funding site takes one percent. Every person who donates to this cause will receive a picture of the finished school house with the children who you have supported. No donation is too large or too small… every little bit counts. Please help us help these children, and all the children who will come to learn at this school in future years.