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Valentine’s Day Fundraiser for La Carreta school water supply

2017-05-31T21:36:40+00:00 February 8th, 2017|

Lovers, and lovers of wood-fired pizza, let’s share the love at Flatbread in Paia on Valentines Day Tuesday night, Feb. 14. Each pizza we eat between 5 and 10 pm will turn into some cash for changing this picture into a working well for the students and teachers at Instituto Augusto Cesar Sandino in La Carreta, Chinandega Province, Nicaragua.

The pizza night fundraiser includes a sale of Nicaraguan crafts and a silent auction with many valuable prizes. A portion of the money from every pizza sold at the restaurant between 5:00 and 10:00 pm will be donated by The Flatbread Co. to Somos Ohana Nicaragua. Flatbread is located at 89 Hana Highway in Paia, Maui.

S.O.N. president Charlotte Flavin stated, “The most urgent need right now is to raise the money for the planned well to supply water for sanitation and agriculture at Instituto Augusto Cesar Sandino. The drill rig is presently at sea on its way from the US to Nicaragua, and the digging will be donated by another non-profit, Amigos for Christ. Somos Ohana Nicaragua must supply all the infrastructure for the well at a cost of roughly $15,000. Presently 133 students from remote and underserved rural communities are attending classes there and depending on the delivery of a barrel of water twice weekly, which arrives by mule cart. A third wing for the school will be built when a well is operational, and will include a kitchen so students can clean and prepare the vegetables for sale that will be grown in the school gardens.”

We are on our way, with just a little over $9,000 still to be raised by the end of May. All donations, of any amount, are very much needed and very greatly appreciated.

—-Mil gracias from Maui non-profit SOMOS OHANA NICARAGUA.

Water is life, and a way is opening to get it for the new school!

2017-05-31T21:36:41+00:00 January 24th, 2017|

Can you imagine a secondary school operating for one year with no water? In Nicaragua, it’s possible. The Instituto Augusto C. Sandino has been operating since February 2016 with a barrel of water delivered twice weekly for all drinking and sanitation needs.

Somos Ohana Nicaragua completed construction of the first two wings and the outfitting of one classroom as a computer lab a year ago, but we have been working on how on earth to fund the necessary well to make possible the community’s dream of an agricultural school, which will be teaching, in addition to regular academics, animal husbandry and agriculture. The 3rd wing of this school that Somos Ohana Nicaragua is committed to build will house a kitchen for preparing vegetables grown at the school for local market. We must have water!

But this week we received wonderful news! The non-profit Amigos for Christ which works in our area of Nicaragua has committed to drilling the well for the Institute. They wrote, “We are hoping within the next 30 days the rig and truck will be floating in the ocean down here,” and with arrival of the equipment and a trainer, “we will drill a well at the school.”
The design and drilling by Amigos for Christ will be free, an enormous gift, but the casing, the pump, power to the pump, and a tank will have to be covered by our organization. For the school, the estimated cost of those things will be about $15,000. This is a bargain for a public school well! But our money is already designated for 2017 programs and construction.

Will you help us cover the well costs so that students and teachers have clean water to drink and improved hygiene, and so that we can move on to building the 3rd wing of the school for school gardens and small farm animals?

Thank you very much for your gift of life-giving water!

Scholarship PT Student to Graduate

2016-12-01T22:00:06+00:00 December 1st, 2016|

Roddyverth Betanco, our scholarship-supported college student preparing to be a physical therapist, wrote us on Nov. 22 that the previous week he finished his professional practice with excellent grades. He writes that during a practicum at the Antonio Lenin Fonseca Teaching Hospital in Managua, he had the chance to work with bedridden burn patients with neurological and respiratory problems, to learn how to put on and remove casts, and to experience many more useful practices. What’s left of his graduation requirements is the completion of his thesis.

Roddyverth is from Villanueva, the municipal seat out of which small town we work in the surrounded very small rural villages. Along with receiving his college scholarship to study PT in the capital, he has worked each of the last 3 summers with our visiting volunteer physical therapist, Jim Kahler of Maui, assisting Jim during the special needs youth camp and going out to the patients in the surrounding rural areas. Roddyverth has committed to returning to Villanueva to provide the PT services that, until Somos Ohana began working there, had been totally lacking.

Before being able to accept employment, Roddyverth may spend a limited period of time in “social service,” which is a government program that sends young adult graduates of the National University out to very under-served regions of the country to work in the area of their specialty.

Christmas & Crafts Sale Nov 19

2017-05-31T21:36:42+00:00 November 4th, 2016|

Dear Friends, our final 2016 fundraising event, designated to help build the 3rd wing of the secondary school Instituto Augusto Cesar Sandino in La Carreta, will be a yard sale on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 7:30 am to 1pm at 70 West Papa in Kahului, Maui. 

Nicaraguan crafts brought back this summer by our team will be offered, plus new and gently used all-things Christmas:  indoor and outdoor decorations, papers and cards, and “giftables.”   Donations are being collected through Nov. 14.  Please see contacts below if you have things to donate.

With your help, we have made a lot of progress this year.  Visit our website  for our newest newsletter (2016 Newsletter)  with updates on our school that opened with 2 wings completed in March, including the highly popular computer room that’s buzzing all day with use by the students, teachers and former graduates of other regional schools learning how to use the computers.

Muchas gracias for your support!

Mele Stokesberry  878-8015

Charlotte Flavin  572-9898

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Newsletter 2016

2017-05-31T21:36:43+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|

Our Fall 2016 Newsletter is here!  You can read about the progress Somos Ohana Nicaragua has made this year in providing technology for rural youth, the challenge of accessing water, and updates on our school that opened with 2 wings completed in March, including the highly popular computer room that’s buzzing all day with use by the students, teachers and former graduates of other regional schools learning how to use the computers.

Link to 2016 Newsletter

Cafe Mambo 9-8-16

2016-10-25T06:08:47+00:00 August 25th, 2016|

On Thursday, Sept. 8, Café Mambo will host Somos Ohana Nicaragua for a dining fundraiser and sale of Nicaraguan crafts newly arrived with the volunteers of this summer’s team in Nicaragua. A percentage of every food sale between 3:00 and 9:00 pm, and all proceeds of the craft sales, will benefit the building of the 3rd wing of the group’s newest secondary school in La Carreta which the group has constructed in rural northwest Nicaragua,  Café Mambo is at 30 Baldwin Ave., in Paia.

The Maui volunteers of Somos Ohana Nicaragua have just returned from their annual summer visit to the municipality of Villanueva, Chinandega Province, where they have conducted their 6th annual day camp for special needs youth, provided physical therapy work, supplied computers to their college scholarship students, met with community and education leaders for ongoing planning for their newest school and provided bikes for first year high school students with long walking commutes to both of the secondary schools the group has built.  The most recent, Instituto Augusto Cesar Sandino, opened in March with 2 of the 3 planned wings completed, including a computer room. The organization is still raising funds to construct the final wing which will include a kitchen to process the produce the students and teachers will raise in the market gardens at this agriculture-focused high school.

Plant Sale Saturday 7-9-16

2016-07-04T19:14:32+00:00 July 4th, 2016|

Plant sale Saturday, July 9, to benefit Somos Ohana Nicaragua: 8 am to 1 pm, 51 Mano Drive in Kula, with many different large and small potted plants and cuttings. Proceeds all will be donated to help fund construction of the 3rd wing of the regional secondary school we have built and which is now serving youth in rural NW Nicaragua.  Thank you, Maui community, for your support!

Directions: Find us in Kula Kai subdivision off Lower Kula Rd.  Turn up mauka on Omaopio Rd at Waipuna  Chapel, then in 1 block turn right onto Lower Kula, then take first left onto Ka Drive.  Mano Drive is the first right off Ka.
For more information, call 878-8015

Grant Awarded for La Carreta Computer Room

2016-06-28T20:05:10+00:00 June 28th, 2016|

Thanks to the Bellevue Rotary Club World Community Service Grant Committee of Seattle, WA, one of the classrooms in the two finished pavilions of the La Carreta secondary school will be used as a computer classroom. The room needed to be air-conditioned in order to keep computers working in the high heat and humidity of Nicaragua. That necessitated, in addition to the air-conditioning unit, insulation of the ceiling, special aluminum+glass windows, 2 doors of similar heat-resistant material, (to replace the standard metal doors and standard metal gratings in the window openings), and electrification of the room with multiple outlets for the planned 15 computers.

Students started attending classes at La Carreta when the Nicaraguan school year started in March. their “summer vacation” being in December-February, similar to the old “coffee schedule” of Hawaii’s public schools, and the computer room habilitation was planned.

On April 15, 2016, we found out that our grant application was approved, and our master builde, Marvin Abad, began work on the special room project.

Somos Ohana Nicaragua’s 2016 summer team expected to bring 10 donated computers for the room, but we were thrilled and grateful to find out in May that the President of Nicaragua was sending 10 new computers along with desks and chairs for their stations. Since then, that office has promised another set of 5 additional. These gifts mean that we can designate our 2016 computers to the other schools and take one each to our 3 new college scholarship recipients.

In early June, a delegation from the Ministry of Education and the partner Rotary organization, the Rotary Club of Chinandega, Nicaragua, visited the school and celebrated the “almost-completion.” Full completion awaits the installation of the electrical transformer. Our first secondary school operated for a year or more with no electricity. La Carreta has electricity to building, but needs to step up the power for the computer room’s AC unit.

Picture above shows 3 Rotarians from Chinandega making their official visit to La Carreta with 2 of the teachers (woman in black blouse and man in blue shirt). Computer equipment, desks and chairs from the President’s office can be seen in the photo taken in the computer room.

New Computers for La Carreta

2016-05-26T22:28:06+00:00 May 26th, 2016|

We are celebrating the inauguration of the completion of the computer lab of the new high school we helped build in La Carreta!  Not only is the room completed with air-conditioning as planned, But also, the President of the Republic of Nicaragua donated 10 computers and 10 desks to put them on.  These were installed May 25 and a celebration held there at the school. It’s a very positive sign that the President and his staff in Managua are taking responsibility for the success of new school’s computer lab and for the well-being and education of the children of rural families in that area.

This excellent news means that of the 10 used computers donated by the Bertschi School in Seattle, 5 will still go to the La Carreta lab for which 15 stations were planned, and 5 will be available to provide to our 3 new university students who don’t have computers and are on scholarship from Somos Ohana Nicaragua. Two other computers will go to the first rural secondary school we helped build in Rincon de Garcia, for the teachers to help the students learn basic orientation to computer use.

Lots to be thankful for!

Fundraiser April 26

2016-04-07T20:34:26+00:00 April 7th, 2016|

Classes are in session for the 2016 school year at our new high school at La Carreta with two of its wings finished.  To construct the remaining wing, Somos Ohana Nicaragua is continuing our school construction campaign to raise the needed funds, around $53,000 more, USD.

Please help us toward that goal.  One way is to enjoy brick-oven pizza with us at The Flatbread Company of Paia, Maui, on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.  A portion of every size of pizza purchased, including take-out, between 5:00 and 10:00 pm that evening will be donated to Somos Ohana Nicaragua.  A silent auction of interesting and valuable items will also be happening.

Muchisimas gracias to the generous owners and staff at Flatbread Paia for their solidarity and on-going, very generous support!