Past Projects

Our overall project, past and present is education.  It’s hard to measure how many children have learned to read, or understand numbers, with the dedication and patience of our volunteers through the years.  It’s much easier to quantify buildings and improvements to schools where we can take a picture of the bricks and mortar.  Past projects may read more as list of building achievements, but it is in no way intended to diminish or overlook the individual efforts of the many hundreds of volunteers who have given their time and their hearts to the children here.  Likewise many hundreds of donors who have given their support to providing school supplies, dental care, high school sponsorships, university scholarships and so much more.

Achievements in 2012

  • Volunteers contributed more than 50,000 hours working with children in the schools tutoring, teaching English, sports, arts and crafts, etc
  • Hosted 85 high school sponsorships, and 13 university scholarships (ayudante program)
  • Provided dental care for around 900 children
  • Started a fluoride rinse program to help prevent tooth decay
  • Did eyesight checks and provided eye glasses
  • Provided used clothing for the schools fundraising sales
  • Contributed to school teachers salaries
  • Took hundreds of children we work with on excursions
  • Repaired 200 desks for the schools with Le Chantier carpentry students
  • Built a computer classroom at Nueva Esperanza Secudaria school
  • Built three classrooms at Nueva Esperanza Secundaria school, including a technical classroom
  • Built two classrooms at Pablo Antonio Cuadra school
  • Put in power poles and ran electricity to the Nueva Esperanza Secundaria school
  • Started university sponsorships for nine students through Grupo 2013 (Spain)
  • Painted the Pablo Antonio Cuadra school inside and out
  • Built retaining walls and repaired collapsing walls of one block of classrooms Pablo Antonio Cuadra school
  • Built stone causeways in the main road at Nueva Esperanza to help when it rains
  • Built six new homes for families in Nueva Esperanza neighborhood
  • Rebuilt the toilet block at Pablo Antonio Cuadra school
  • Rebuilt the gate at Escudo school
  • Built dividing walls in four classrooms at Escudo school
  • Painted the classrooms at Escudo school
  • Built a retaining wall to stop erosion at Nueva Esperanza primary school
  • Installed electricity and fans to one classroom block at Pablo Antonio Cuadra school
  • Did roof repairs at Pablo Antonio Cuadra school
  • Completed a classroom at Padre Misiere school
  • Painted the classrooms at Padre Misiere school
  • Painted the classrooms at Dezambeg school
  • Repaired the bathrooms at Dezambeg school
  • Painted the school, repaired cupboards, and installed basketball hoops at Naciones Unidos school
  • Repainted inside the school of Nueva Esperanza primary school
  • Rebuilt the latrines at Nueva Esperanza primary school
  • Held a summer school program in Nueva Esperanza for 120 children in January and 200 children in December
  • Held a special ‘Reading Week’ program during the July term break for grade 3 and 4 students at Pablo Antonio Cuadra school

Achievements in 2011

  • Volunteers contributed more than 50000 hours working with children in the schools tutoring, teaching English, organizing sports teams, arts and crafts, etc
  • Increased our computer program in the schools using computers as a learning tool for young children
  • Hosted 80 high school sponsorships, and 11 University scholarships (Ayudante program)
  • Provided dental care for around 900 children
  • Did eyesight checks and provided eye glasses
  • Provided used clothing for the schools fundraising sales
  • Contributed to school teachers salaries
  • Conducted a course on the environment and renewable energy for more than 500 children funded through a Body Shop Foundation grant
  • Took hundreds of children we work with on excursions
  • Repaired 200 desks for the schools with Le Chantier carpentry students
  • Built steps to the classrooms at Jose de La Cruz Mena
  • Repainted classrooms at La Epifania
  • Bought tables and chairs to use in each school for the computer classes
  • Re-wired a classroom in each school to enable charging of the computers during use
  • Replaced the collapsing asbestos roof on four classrooms in Escudo with roofing iron
  • Had our first ‘Families for Families’ home renovation project in January, followed by three more throughout the year
  • Purchased and programmed computers for the new high school
  • Fully fenced the land for the new high school, built the first three classrooms, and latrines, and painted the classrooms inside and out

Achievements in 2010

  • Volunteers contributed 50000 hours working with children in the schools tutoring, teaching English, organizing sports teams, arts and crafts, etc
  • Started our computer program in the schools using computers as a learning tool for young children
  • Commenced a Skype link program with a St. Louis school
  • Created and printed English workbooks
  • Hosted 80 high school sponsorships, and 11 University scholarships (ayudante program)
  • Provided dental care for around 900 children
  • Did eyesight checks and provided eye glasses
  • Hosted veterinary clinics in two schools
  • Provided used clothing for the schools fundraising sales
  • Contributed to school teachers salaries
  • Took hundreds of children on excursions
  • Built two new classrooms and a storage room at the school of Juan Diego- with A.T.O.S. Communications Group
  • Put a new roof on existing classrooms in Juan Diego. (A.T.O.S.)
  • Built a new classroom at Elba Zamora with Aaron Sharp
  • Put a new roof on existing classrooms in Elba Zamora with Aaron Sharp
  • Put a new roof on the older classrooms at La Epifania
  • Built a storage room at Nueva Esperanza
  • Replaced the roof on one classroom block, and replaced the doors at Jose de la Cruz Mena (A.T.O.S.)
  • Put new doors on the latrines in La Epifania with Desi Mcaul.
  • Built a shade/rain shelter at San Ignacio with Daniela Bonelli
  • Painted the school of Angela Morales
  • Rebuilt 80 desks for the school of Nueva Esperanza with Le Chantier carpentry students.

Achievements in 2009

  • Volunteers gave more than 45,000 hours working with children in the schools, tutoring, teaching English, organizing sports teams, arts and crafts, etc
  • Hosted 70 high school sponsorships, and 9 University scholarships (ayudante program)
  • Contributed to school teachers salaries
  • Provided dental care for around 700 children
  • Did eyesight checks and provided eye glasses when needed
  • Provided used clothing for the schools fundraising sales
  • Ran a summer-school, activity group, and computer class program involving 100 children at Nueva Esperanza for the vacation months of December and January
  • Took hundreds of children we work with on excursions
  • Built a new school in San Ignacio with six classrooms, named Centro Educativo Nueva Esperanzaa, complete with fenced school yard, latrines, and water tank
  • Improvements to the Juan Diego school at Tepeyac,  including six new latrines, a water tank, fence around the whole school, playground equipment, classroom partition, cooking shelter, play area and classroom painting. (supported by A.T.O.S. funding)
  • Improvements at the new school we built in San Ignacio- playground equipment and a stage area for presentations.

Achievements in 2008

  • 35,000 volunteer hours working with the children in the schools, tutoring, teaching English, organizing sports teams, arts and crafts etc
  • Hosted 70 high school sponsorships, and 3 University scholarships (ayudante program)
  • Contributed to school teachers salaries
  • Provided dental care for around 500 children
  • Did eyesight checks and provided eye glasses
  • Provided used clothing for the schools fundraising sales
  • Ran a summer school, activity group, and computer class program involving 80 children at Juan Diego for the vacation months of December and January
  • Hosted two health clinics in the La Epifania school conducted by Vida
  • Built three new classrooms in the Las Camelias school with Bricks for Schools
  • Built two new classrooms at the Salomon de la Selva school
  • Furnished three classrooms in the La Epifania school
  • Installed fans and whiteboards in the Las Camelias school
  • Installed whiteboards in the Salomon de la Selva school
  • Installed water tanks, for drinking water and for hand washing in the Elena Arellano (Las Camelias) school
  • Built a cooking shelter at the La Epifania school

Achievements in 2007

  • 35,000 volunteer hours working with the children in the schools, tutoring, teaching English, organizing sports teams, arts and crafts etc.
  • Hosted 55 high school sponsorships, and 3 University scholarships (start of our Ayudante program thanks to Adstock).
  • Contributed to school teachers salaries.
  • Took hundreds of children we work with on an excursion
  • Built two new classrooms in the La Epifania school
  • Furnished two classrooms in the La Epifania school
  • Furnished the library classroom in the La Epifania school
  • Built a storeroom in the La Epifania school
  • Constructed a new roof on a double classroom in the Elena Arellano school, and raised the height of the classroom
  • Repaired roofs on two buildings in the school of Elena Arellano.
  • Repaired the toilet building at the Elena Arellano school (new roof and doors)
  • Built large shade/rain shelters for tutoring and other activities in the Elba Zamora and La Epifania schools
  • Fully renovated Los Angeles Morales school, including purchasing the land where the school is located, fully fencing the school yard, replaced roofs, repaired walls, floors, installed windows, fans, whiteboards and water tank (Mark Turner)

Achievements in 2006

  • 35,000 volunteer hours working with the children in the schools tutoring, teaching English, organizing sports teams, arts and crafts, etc
  • Hosted 10 high school sponsorships, and 1 University scholarship
  • Contributed to school teachers salaries
  • Took hundreds of children we work with on an excursion
  • Fully repaired/rebuilt a double classroom in the La Epifania school (George Berenschott)
  • Built two new classrooms in the La Inmaculada school in La Prusia
  • Built a fence around the Elena Arellano school in Las Camelias
  • Installed playground equipment in the Elena Arellano school in Las Camelias
  • Installed fans in the classrooms of La Epifania school
  • Installed fans in the classrooms of Elena Arellano school in Las Camelias
  • Installed whiteboards in the La Epifania  school
  • Installed whiteboards in the Elba Zamora school in El Pochote
  • Installed water tanks and pumping system at the Elba Zamora school in El Pochote
  • Installed drinking water tank in the Elena Arellano school in Las Camelias
  • Constructed a cooking shelter at the Elena Arellano school
  • Constructed a large shade shelter at the Elena Arellano school

Achievements in 2005

  • 12,500 volunteer hours working with the children in the schools tutoring, teaching English, organizing sports teams, arts and crafts, etc
  • Installed whiteboards in the classrooms of La Inmaculada school
  • Installed fans in the classrooms of La Inmaculada school
  • Built a community center called ‘Casa la Esperanza’ in the La Prusia neighborhood

From here back we go into more detail, in the later years there was simply too much to list – some of the details from the early years may look small now, but they were a big deal at the time, and very exciting.

Achievements in 2004

  • Volunteer hours given to the community: 7500
  • Paid the salary of an extra teacher for the school of La Inmaculada in La Prusia
  • Installed playground equipment in the school of Elba Zamora at El Pochote
  • Painted murals on the walls of the school at La Inmaculada
  • Organized a Carnival day with games and prizes for all the children at La Inmaculada
  • Repainted all the blackboards (green boards) in the school of La Inmaculada
  • Hired a school nurse to work both within the school and the community
  • Installed and network six computers, monitors and a printer at the school of La Epifania and supplied desks for the computer equipment
  • Repaired school desks in the school of La Inmaculada
  • Built a clinic adjacent to preschool classroom at La Inmaculada for the use of the school nurse

 Achievements in 2003

  • Volunteer hours given to the community: 5000
  • Paid the salary of an extra teacher for the school of La Inmaculada in La Prusia
  • Installed playground equipment in the school of La Inmaculada
  • Painted murals on the walls of the school at La Inmaculada
  • Organized a Carnival day with games and prizes for all the children at La Inmaculada
  • Repainted all blackboards (green boards) in the school of La Inmaculada
  • Repainted the toilets, replaced doors, and installed a sink for hand washing at the school of La Inmaculada
  • Started visits by volunteers to the schools Elena Arellano in Las Camelias and Elba Zamora in El Pochote
  • Gave an interest-free loan to a woman in the village of La Prusia to start a bakery making traditional Nicaraguan pastries. Volunteers helped in several ways, including painting the building, installing fly screens, and instructing her on how to manage her finances to buy materials and pay for other expenses.
  • The first La Esperanza Granada web site was designed and launched

Achievements in 2002

  • Volunteer hours given to the community: 5,000
  • Volunteers started assisting teachers in the schools, as well as teaching English to the schoolchildren in the school of La Inmaculada in La Prusia
  • Water system in La Prusia was restored- One new pump was installed, a pump house was built, new electrical transformers were installed and the water piping running up through the village was repaired, and where necessary replaced with new pipes
  • The old building in La Inmaculada was repaired, rewired and a new roof put on so that it could be used as a preschool/kindergarten
  • The interior of the La Inmaculada school wall was painted white, and the first of many murals painted to brighten the school yard
  • Two La Prusia village women were supplied with sewing machines so that they could earn a living making clothing to sell in the markets
  • A volunteer network was started with listings on such sites as Idealist.org