WE OPERATE TWO SCHOOL PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE OVER A HUNDRED STUDENTS IN GRANADA WITH SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION AND WE OFFER A HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR TALENTED STUDENTS.
Students in Nicaragua
Nicaraguan students who attend public schools face serious limitations, including a four-hour school day in facilities that often lack adequate supplies of computers, books, art supplies or science equipment. Building New Hope, in collaboration with seven Nicaraguan professional educators, operates two supplemental learning projects that serve approximately 150 students living in low-income neighborhoods in Granada. Our education programs rely on local educators and our programs are inclusive. We also provide scholarships to high achieving students to attend high school.
Escuelita Yo Puedo
Escuelita Yo Puedo welcomes children from one of Granada’s poorest neighborhoods to enter its colorful classrooms where they learn to read and do math, in addition to playing games, singing songs, and exploring their imaginations through art. Children also learn about taking care of their bodies via hygiene and exercise. They have opportunities to learn on computers, to practice piano, and make a weekly trip to the community library to engage in silent and group reading. Escuelita teachers also organize special field trips, providing their students with a day of swimming, hiking, picnicking, and sightseeing.
Quinta Los Chavalos
Traveling down a rutted, dirt road, deep in Barrio Miralago in the city of Granada, one can hear the excited voices of young people. The bright blue gate and a welcoming “Quinta Los Chavalos” sign says that you have reached a special place for many of the barrio’s children, where, as one young student tells us, “learning is a beautiful thing.” Professional Nicaraguan educators, assisted by volunteers, provide tutoring for dozens of youth in literacy and math, in addition to providing opportunities to study art, computers, science, and advanced math. Piano concerts, art shows, piñata making, and museum trips help round out our young students, widening their horizons in preparation for life beyond the barrio.