Our organization works in four different communities near León: Adiact, La Ceiba, Sutiaba, and Tamarindo. While each of these communities is unique – with its own opportunities and challenges – our approach is the same. We seek to empower local people to pursue dreams that may seem out of reach – from excelling in school, to starting a new business, to offering a different life to their children.
We connect sponsors (“padrinos”) from around the world to children here in León who need assistance with school fees and materials in order to continue their education.
Sabatica and Dominicada
We offer classes and activities for students on Saturdays and Sundays. These programs provide students with extra help on schoolwork. They also are designed to make learning fun, so students stay motivated and engaged in their own education.
We recently raised funds to build a community center in Tamarindo. Once complete, this facility will allow us to greatly expand access to education for students in the area.
We are partnering with online learning organizations, including d-Teach and You Bridge, to bring more learning opportunities to children and young adults in our communities. This initiative is new, and we are enthusiastic about its potential.
We offer special extracurricular classes on a rotating schedule, based on the interests of our students and the skills and availability of our volunteers. Former volunteers have hosted drawing, music and English classes. We are recruiting volunteers to continue these classes and to offer new ones in the future.
We offer a microfinance program for women and families in our communities to support specific business plans and aspirations.
Business with a purpose
We are working to establish a new company in León that would fill a gap in the market by offering professional services, such as electric and plumbing support, to local residents and businesses. Our vision is to one day support our educational projects through profits from this company. We also seek to create job opportunities for our program graduates.
Tamarindo Community Center
We are building a community center in the town of Tamarindo. This center will increase access to education for students, but it will also benefit the community as a whole through features such as shared gardens, space for a new small business, and more.
A few of the planned features include...
- An agencia de pollo: At present, Tamarindo does not have a shop where people in the community can purchase affordable chicken meat for their homes. Local families have identified this shop as a need – and a business opportunity. Therefore, our new center will include space and freezers for this new business, run by the women in our project.
- Gardens: Many of the children in our programs do not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. We plan to include a small garden in the community center, in order to both provide vegetables and demonstrate how to grow and maintain personal gardens.
- Wifi: Tamarindo does not have internet. We are working to change that by bringing wifi to our center, allowing community residents to access a world of information and resources.
- Tourism: Tamarindo is a beautiful place, with a large river that is popular for swimming and fishing. Our new community center will have space to accommodate a few tourists, allowing us to both raise awareness of our projects and earn money to support the center.