Help Young Nicaraguan Students
Organized by: Laura Moulton
On a recent trip to Nicaragua, I met Damaris Guardado, a young tour guide who teaches cooking classes to tourists. Years ago, a benefactor helped pay for her tuition and books, enabling her graduate from a university and find a good job. When she tried to repay him, he said "Just do the same for someone else."
Now she wants to pay that favor forward, to the students in the rural communities of Telica and Colonia Eugenio Perez, outside of the city of Leon. She recognizes the challenges families face in rural Nicaragua, from lack of access to water, to statistics like this one: 21% of children leave school in the first grade. Damaris is committed to reaching these communities, and creating educational opportunities for the children who need it the very most.
Your donation will help students with school supplies, uniforms, shoes, and backpacks. In addition, Damaris has arranged to bring students from these rural towns into the city of Leon for a field trip that features the history, poetry and people of Nicaragua. For many of these kids, it will be the first time they have ever left their small towns. Your donation will help a new generation of students have the same opportunities that Damaris had. Please join us in helping to send the next generation into a brighter future.
A Few Facts to Consider:
- Nicaragua is rich in culture and history, but is also the poorest country in Central America, and the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere, behind Haiti.
- The average education level in rural areas is 3.6 years
- According to the Ministry of Education, there are more than 500,000 children not in school.
- For the past several decades, Nicaraguans have endured unrest, dictatorship, and two civil wars. The population is also extremely vulnerable to natural disasters, from earthquakes to droughts to floods.