Our huge annual yard sale to benefit our programs of scholarships, grants and health services in rural northwest Nicaragua, is Saturday, April 24, in Kula Kai, at 51 Mano Drive, Kula, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. All proceeds from the sale of the Ikebana vases, books, art, antiques and collectibles; household goods, clothing including children’s, toys, plants, physical therapy supplies, speakers, plants, tools and more will benefit the group’s programs in Nicaragua. For more information call 205-4067.
Instituto Jose Dolores Estrada’s new classroom is finished. The head teacher, Alvaro Francisco Mondragon (L), and the architect/contractor, Edwin Morales (R), are ready to cut the ribbon for the teachers and students. Ingeniero Morales donated the lights for the first-ever night time illumination at this school in Rincon de Garcia, Municipalidad de Villanueva, Chinandega, Nicaragua.
New folding dividing doors will now make a double classroom at Instituto Jose Dolores Estrada be useful for either 2 smaller classes or, opened up, a larger assembly of students and teachers. With the new night lighting, the community can also gather at the school now for evening meetings.
The new aula, or classroom, being added to Instituto Jose Dolores Estrada is close to completion. Work has been done during the secondary students’ long school break, in Nicaragua the period from mid-December through January. Teachers and students can start using it sometime in February as the new school year begins. Like in Kona Hawaii of old, Nicaragua’s school year is on a “coffee schedule,” with students out of school during the coffee harvest time.
Good progress is being made on the new classoom Somos Ohana Nicaragua is adding to the growing secondary school Instituto José Dolores Estrada in the rural area called Rincón de García, Municipio de Villa Nueva, Chinandega, Nicaragua.
On December 11, 2020, the graduation of the first class that in 2016 entered the newly built Instituto Augusto C. Sandino in La Carreta took place in the just-finished auditorium. Here are some photos, gracias to Profesora Luvy Uriarte Lainez, Head Teacher. Somos Ohana Nicaragua sends the graduates, their teachers and the Ministry of Education our congratulations, with lots of ALOHA and much pride in your accomplishments.
Meeting outdoors at the home of the Flavins in Pukalani on December 8 to work on the 2021 budget were 8 of the 10 board members. Shown (left to right) are: Daniel Flavin, John Powley, Charlotte “Maura” Flavin, Judy Buettner, Mary Santa Maria, Mele Stokesberry, Jim “Jaime” Kahler, and Barbara Lee.
The students of the Instituto Ruben Dario sacrifice their Saturdays to be able to get a high school equivalency education. They live at farther distances from the high schools and labor during weekdays. They, too, will graduate on December 11th in La Carreta on the stage at Instituto Augusto C. Sandino.
The first class of daily students who entered the new secondary school at La Carreta, Instituto Augusto Cesar Sandino, will graduate December 11, 2020, and they’ll do it in their just-completed auditorium. Note the Hawaiian flag; they sewed it, and it’s there in honor of us, their friends in Hawaii. Read all the latest news here: 2020 Newsletter.