2010 – Reconstructed the primary school in Mayocunda.
Started building a pre-school in Rancho Pando.
Provided physical therapy to about 60 children and adults with special needs.
Retired teacher/volunteer, Mele Stokesberry of Maui, set up the library in secondary school in Rincon de Garcia.
Bicycle program continues for incoming students from Mayocunda to attend secondary classes in Rincon de Garcia.
2011 – Swim therapist, and Special Olympics coach, Marie White of Maui, offered 20 children with special needs and their caregivers swim classes at a private pool at the Finca San Ignacio, donated by a local rancher.
An extraordinary recovery witnessed: when a young man who suffered a stroke in his childhood, wheelchair bound for 20 years, started walking, after family helped him continue his daily strengthening exercises for months, following instructions of our PT!
Partnering with Amigos for Christ, we witnessed the foundations of the solar-powered water system for Rincon de Garcia.
Pre-school in Rancho Pando is completed; also used for visits by Villanueva nurses for well-baby clinics.
First mother of 4 children on scholarship graduates from the National University as a licensed professional teacher.
More “bikes and books for schools” takes on momentum as donors in 5 states answered the call for help.
2012 – First-ever day camp for children with special needs celebrated with 40 children and their caregivers over a 2-week period. When asked if they would like the camp opportunity again, all replied, “Si!”
Pre-school in La Esperanza is completed.
The solar-powered pump and water system for 3 schools and 90 families in Rincon de Garcia was inaugurated on July 13th while we and our volunteers were there.
Veronica Mendoza, a scholarship student of El Bonete, graduated with honors from the National Normal School in Chinandega. She is the pre-school teacher in her village, and the principal support person for 3 younger siblings who are disabled by a rare, neurological disease.
First year to provide bicycles for youngsters from distant villages who attend secondary school classes in La Carreta, north of Villanueva. They are temporarily using the primary school facilities on Sundays, until a permanent building can be added.
2013 – Second Day Camp for children with special needs generated many cherished moments for the 42 children and their caregivers/parents. One mother explained: “Here, the children are accepted for who they are; they feel self-confident, and that transfers into the classrooms and their homes.”
A generous donation of gently used lap-top computers from Seattle allowed us to give computers to 4 of our scholarship students, and 3 to two rural high schools, preparing them for global communication.
Odontologist Rosa Amalia Reyes traveled with us to a distant village carrying a few basic tools and her skills to extract the rotting teeth of 3 patients with disabilities. Working in a rustic kitchen didn’t disturb her, and the kindness was greatly appreciated.
One of the students receiving a scholarship this year is a 33 year old farmer, married with 4 children, who is able to begin the university studies he dreamed of since he was 18 years old.
2014 – Secondary school in Villanueva inaugurates computer literacy program with 17 donated, used computers. Outreach was made to farmers during the drought.
Our third annual day camp for special needs youth was held.