Why Schools?

Project Schoolhouse believes that schools can form the center of a community

See all our completed projects
  • How Much do they Cost?

    A two-room school costs $35,000

  • How Big Are They?

    Each classroom is 500 sq ft.

  • How many students do they serve?

    Over 500 students are currently studying in our schools and over 1000 have passed through their doors since the first one was built in 2007.

  • How can you help?

    You can make a donation to support our next project HERE.

  • What kind of communities are these?

    The typical recipient community is rural, lacks clean water, electricity, and lives far from a traversable road (they ride horses or walk). Average income is under $2 per day.

  • Bocana de Tawa School Project

    Escuela el Buen Pastor, Tawa, Nicaragua. 2015

  • Rio Lindo School Project

    Escuela el Bello Amanecer, Rio Lindo, Nicaragua. 2014

  • Sofia Mendoza School Project

    Escuela Sofia Mendoza, Sector Zamora, Nicaragua. 2013

  • Naranjo School Project

    Escuela Naranjo, Jardin del Eden, Nicaragua. 2012

  • El Aulo School Project

    Escuela Cheryl Elliott Barker, El Aulo, Nicaragua. 2008

  • KIwaska School Project

    Escuela Thomas Langdon Barker, Kiwaska, Nicaragua. 2007

  • Martillo, Nicaragua School Project

    Escuela los Cien Amigos, Martillo, Nicaragua. 2011

  • Manceras, Nicaragua School Project

    Escuela Santa Edubijes, Manceras, Nicaragua. 2009

Many people in the world live in communities that lack even the most basic infrastructure. No clean water. No electricity. No school.

We work in places where a new school could be the first structure ever built from concrete. It serves as the heart of the community and represents a place of learning and a place for community gatherings. A new school can be a source of enormous community pride.

In communities where we work, existing schools are ramshackle affairs. They are small, old, leaky, wet, and dirty. Often 40 or so children will be crammed into a building no larger than an average bedroom in the USA. In a school we replaced in 2012, the only dry spot to store books was under an enormous termite nest. When it rains, water enters the classroom, turns the dirt floor to mud, and completely disrupts the learning process.

Students and teachers distracted by mud, rain, and overcrowding find it difficult to do their jobs of learning and teaching. Dry, secure, spacious classroom environments greatly benefit developing communities and can mean the difference between learning or not.

A two-room school costs $35,000. If that seems high, consider that cement is three times as expensive as in the US and our transportation costs are considerable because of the extremely remote nature of our projects.

It takes 11,000 hours of volunteer labor from the recipient community to finish a school, making them the largest donors in the process.