Since Hurricane Mitch in 1999, Somos Ohana Nicaragua has partnered with several communities in Nicaragua to provide much needed services and educational opportunities.
For over 15 years, with our Nicaraguan partners and our generous donors, we have renovated and built schools, put in water systems, provided physical therapy services, granted bicycles to students with long commutes to high school, provided transportation for cancer patients to therapy venues, funded and given college scholarships to several students majoring in education and health services, and held a summer day camp for the past 4 years for special needs youth.
This year we have begun building a new secondary school in the La Carreta area, municipality of Villanueva, for the area youth who have only had minimal high school classes given on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons in a grade school, taught by elementary teachers who have divided their time and energy between their regular students and these 130-some youth. The people of this community, which has never had a secondary school before, have asked for an agronomy curriculum along with standard high school studies. We intend to provide infrastructure at the school to support animal husbandry and agriculture classes and some preparation of products for marketing.
Somos Ohana Nicaragua
Honor: each person as a brother or sister. We serve in an effort to fulfill basic human rights, in a spirit of compassion and service to humanity.
Mutuality: our right and duty to help others by sharing our resources, time, and efforts, accompanying them with hope. As we develop understanding of their reality and cultural values, we receive their trust, friendship, and learn from their shared wisdom.
Local Empowerment: fostering participation enables individuals and communities to take responsibility for their own futures.
Integration: being a catalyst in connecting with many supporting resources; coordinating, not duplicating the efforts of others: i.e. other NGOs, the federal & municipal governments, and local volunteers.
Sustainability: putting our efforts and resources into programs with lasting benefits.
- We’ve almost completed the first 6 classrooms and the bathrooms for the new secondary school in La Carreta. It’s planned that approximately 150 7th to 12th grade students will begin studying here in February 2016.
- We held the 4th annual 2-week day camp for children and young adults with special needs.
- For the 9th year, Maui physical therapist Jim Kahler made his 3-week visit to provide therapy for people with motor deficiencies throughout the municipality.
- With the support of Somos Ohana Nicaragua, the Ministry of Education named Yesenia Hernandez Teacher/Director for children with special needs for all the schools of Villanueva. This is the first attention given through the Ministry of Education to students in the municipality with hearing and vision deficits.
- 15 more rural first year students at the secondary schools we are supporting received a new bicycle in our on-going program of providing bikes for kids with long walking commutes to their high school. We have provided students with at least 100 bikes since 2009.
- Continued our financial support for 5 college students studying in fields of health or education and for the transportation of cancer patients to their medical treatments.