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.
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!
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.
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 somosohananicaragua.org 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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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.
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.