Improving Access to Education
One Community at a Time
Education makes all the difference in the future of a person, family and community. It is no surprise, then, that one of the major obstacles to improving the lives and livelihoods of people in rural Nicaragua is access to education. The word "access" should be emphasized because Nicaragua boasts an ever-improving public education system. Yet having access to that system remains difficult for many living in communities as remote as Sontule or El Rosario.
Our involvement in supporting rural education was born out of a frustration of seeing our Nicaraguan friends try, and fail, to make advances in life without being able to (a) get to school, (b) stay in school or (c) afford the materials required for school. As you will see, reading through our projects, we have sought ways to address all of those points above, addressing the obstacles the individual student is facing.
Our projects have involved improving schools, advocating for more and better education services in the schools and supporting the costs of transportation and materials for students who need to travel to get the education they seek. Our vision is for individuals to be prepared and trained to provide the badly needed services required in their communities.
TIMELINE of the EDUCATION PROJECTS
2008: Carmen gains familiarity with the communities