Two Kids from La Chureca Looking For Sponsors

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:

  1. Smaller class sizes.
  2. Higher discipline.
  3. Access to a psychologist, a library, and a computer lab.
  4. Incentives to be the best in their class (half-tuition paid for).
  5. 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!

Ana will be going into first grade :)


This is Ana, and she will be going into the 1st grade 🙂


Nicaragua Scholarships

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!

9 thoughts on “Two Kids from La Chureca Looking For Sponsors”

  1. Good to see you updating again. Your trip to the Managua dump was eye opening, the internuts you had to deal with after equally so and showed you another, more unfortunate aspect of the human condition.

    Please add my email to the list of backup supporters you already have. I already contribute to a scholarship fund in Nicaragua but can always find a way to help another child.

    1. Thanks, Brian, and thanks for your willingness to help! Both of the sponsors decided to pay for the full year’s scholarship in one payment, so this year we’ll be OK. I’ll let you know next year or if any other opportunities arise!

  2. Gracias a todas las personas, que estan ayudando con este programa, para que estos adolescentes salgan adelante y romper un poco el ciclo que ellos tienen; de continuar el trabajo de recolector de basura y dejar sus estudios… Dios les bendiga…

    1. Thank YOU, Rosa! Here’s a translation for others:

      “Thanks to everyone who are helping with this program, so that those adolescents can go forward and break, a little, the cycle that they’re in; of continuing the work of collecting trash and leaving their studies. God bless you.”

  3. Hello,
    My wife and are interested in sponsoring one of these children for private school. My wife is a teacher and I own an IT company in California. In fact we are on vacation here in Nicaraqua until Monday-Staying at the Tola beaches. This is our 3rd trip in the last few years. We love the people here and want to give back. Please respond with details of what to do. Thanks for inspiring us and leading us to this opportunity!

    1. Hi James! Thank you so much for your willingness to help! This year, the students who were ready for private school have already found sponsors, which is so exciting.

      Congrats on your trip to Nicaragua – I THINK it was Playa Gigante that I surfed at on my last trip there . . . large waves . . . and I didn’t do very well. I hope you’re both having a great time!

      I’ll add you to my list of people who are willing to help and let you know as opportunities arise. There are a few other plans I have this year, and I can keep you up to date.

      If you’re up for an adventure, my friend runs a great nonprofit that operates in the Rio Blanco area (central). You can read a little about it here:

      If you’re going to be there for a while and would like to help Nicaraguans, I may be able to set you up with a local there to show you their projects. It’s one of the best programs I’ve seen. You can see more about that project here:

      Have a great time in Nica!

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