Earlier this year I visited one of the first schools constructed by Project Schoolhouse in the community of Manceras Uno in 2009. We were circling back around, as we do, to make sure the schools and water system previously built are functioning well. I can’t help but smile every time I look at this photo of the children welcoming us from the schoolyard entry gate as we hiked into their village, a gate that now has a fresh new coat of paint.
2019 has been a record-setting year for Project Schoolhouse. We worked in three communities to bring schools and clean water to 600 individuals, three times more than any other single year in our history. We doubled the size of our Board of Directors to bring in crucial expertise and additional capacity to do the work that keeps us running here in the US. We added to our US team a US Coordinator of Communications and Development who is from Nicaragua herself and cares so deeply about giving back to her home country. And we kicked off a program to capture the data and stories to document the impact of our work, stories like we heard from a little girl in the village of Bocana de Tawa – “having water inside, is a big victory. Now I don’t worry about snakes in the water; I do not have to carry water. I’m very excited to be at school – I love to read.”
We are ever grateful for your support as we do all we can to help more children put down their water jugs and pick up their school books. Wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday and the best year ever in 2020!