Breaking Ground in Nicaragua

The Sonder Project recently began construction on their first school in the country of Nicaragua. The project broke ground in the small village of Santa Rita San Juan Yaro, located in the Waslala region where people typically farm corn, beans, bananas, and plantains to generate income.

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At the time of construction, Santa Rita San Juan Yaro had one temporary classroom, with incomplete walls and mud floors. There were 64 students learning in this classroom, taught by two teachers, teaching 6 grades. Students walked as far as 5km to another community with suitable classrooms for learning.

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Nicaragua is ranked the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with nearly 80% of the countries entire population earning less than $2 a day. Despite improvements in health and economy over the last twenty years, 22 percent of the adult population is unable to read or write. This number is expected to be much higher in rural areas such as Santa Rita San Juan Yaro.

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In this remote village, the entire community has come together to make the dream of having an accessible school and an environment for learning a reality Each member of the village has signed the agreement to send boys and girls to school equally and they are all pitching in their own time and sweat equity to ensure better, brighter futures for generations to come.
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Sticking with their mission of high-impact, sustainable solutions, The Sonder Project provides not just funds, but the means to long-lasting change. These projects are aimed at breaking the cycle of extreme poverty.

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Keep an eye our for our future projects, including, but not limited to:

• Construction of a school in Burkina Faso, Africa in memory of Ahmed Kere
• Construction of a water well in Burkina Faso, Africa
• Nicaragua site visit and hands-on construction of a school
• First undertaking of new program, PROJECT: agriculture – launching beekeeping in Nicaragua
• 2017 Trek and Project Schedule

Article by: Sarah Hockett

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