Worldwide there are over 100 million children not enrolled in either primary or secondary school. It’s well documented that when children have access to educational opportunities they have a greater chance of breaking the cycle of poverty and making a positive difference in their families, their communities and their society.
The estimated cost to build a new school is approximately $10,000 U.S., a small amount to positively change the lives of a whole generation of children. You can be the one to start making a real difference by DONATING $10.00 U.S. OR MORE!
- 100 million children are not enrolled in either primary or secondary school worldwide.
- The cycle of poverty can be broken through education.
- There are teachers available yet no schools for the children to gather.
CURRENT PROJECT FOCUS
Partnering with Seeds of Learning, we are raising the funds to build a new school for the community of Agua Fria in Nicaragua. Cost is estimated at $10,000 U.S.
The community of Agua Fria sits at the end of an 18km dirt road which connects this relocated community to the closest town of Ciudad Dario. The community was resettled to this new location 4 km from the original village in the wake of damage from 1998 Hurricane Mitch. Since resettling, the community has worked hard to rebuild their homes and reestablish basic infrastructure with the support of an assortment of relief programs.
The new location does not have a good source of abundant water and has little access to adequate resources. The families depend on subsistence farming and struggle to redevelop their community in extreme poverty. Because of the remote location, a bus services the community just three times a week.
There are approximately 40-50 homes in the community with an estamated 300-400 inhabitants. Many of the 60 children enrolled in school do not actually attend due to poor school conditions and the long 3-4 km up and down the steep hills to the old school building located at the former site of the community.
There are two teachers assigned to teach first through sixth grade by the Ministry of Education plus another teacher from the community itself who teaches more than 20 preschool students. In the past few years, the child population has grown and preschool enrollment on the rise. A whole new generation of children look to education as an opportunity to a brighter future.
The community has endured many hardships as a result of Hurricane Mitch and their rural existence. Despite their lack of water, lack of access to outside resources, and relocation, they have been able to unite and work and work collaborately to rebuild their community. Agua Fria has been requesting support in helping them construct a new school within their relocated community for several years now and has shown a great commitment to contributing what they are able to make this dream a reality.
There is an available piece of land where construction has begun for their future school. 1Stove’s initial goal is to assist Seeds of Learning in building one classroom for the first through sixth graders.
A recent letter from Seeds of Learning to our Chairman Ward Luthi updates us and gives reason for excitement that the project should be finished in October 2010. Read it here.
Building one school gives the next generation of a community a chance to better the lives of their society for generations. Our current projects are in remote rural villages where they lack the most basic services and infrastructure. The cost for one classroom building is approximately $10,000. To make a donation of 1School ($10,000.00 U.S.) or become a friend for a donation of $10 or more go to our Donation page.