For the past year, my mom and I have sponsored two children from La Chureca, paying so they could go to a private school outside of the landfill.
The kids worked hard, but private school is difficult and there has been a lot of change going on around them, including the community being moved to concrete homes together with people from other extremely poor areas of Managua.
This year, our scholarship director in Nicaragua, a nurse who has been serving the people of La Chureca for over a decade and who volunteers her time to help administer these scholarships, has two more children who she thinks are up for the challenge of private school – all they need is the funding.
Benefits of private school over public school:
- Smaller class sizes.
- Higher discipline.
- Access to a psychologist, a library, and a computer lab.
- Incentives to be the best in their class (half-tuition paid for).
- ENGLISH! This is huge.
Here’s how it works as a sponsor:
- Just $25 each month for tuition
- $80 at the beginning of the year for supplies, books, and a yearly fee from the school.
- You’ll receive letters from your student and progress reports on how they’re doing.
There is a little bit of a time crush – If these two kids are going to attend private school this year, we actually need to get the money to them this weekend . . . . sometimes communicating back and forth via email is a little difficult, so I just received the student’s pictures today.
Without further ado . . . here are the potential students!
This is Ana, and she will be going into the 1st grade 🙂
And this is Cristofer, who will be going into 3rd grade!
Let me know if you’re interested in sponsoring one of these promising children and I’ll get you some more info!
As you may know, a good education is one of the number one ways to help end the cycle of poverty. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Also, a little fact – your donations helped kick-start this whole program in 2012. Thanks again for your help!