San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua
In past years, usually in January, members of the parish spend a week with host families in San Juan de Oriente, a small community in Nicaragua, where the parish works with the local Catholic parish and others seeking to help break the cycle of poverty through educational assistance. The first visit was in January 2008, the second visit in 2009. Future visits will be undertaken when circumstances permit. According to UNICEF only 43% of Nicaraguan children stay in school until the fifth grade.
Education support need
Because education plays an important role in helping to develop the spiritual, physical, and emotional well being of the the community and its members, we support education in the village of San Juan de Oriente through a partnership with La Vida Education, which operates an Educational Community Center in the village. You can help in any of a variety of ways: collect and donate books, art supplies and toys; raise funds for the center’s expansion; and participate in our next work trip to the village.
To read about our first visit to San Juan de Oriente, read the Blog postings at http://astanicaragua.blogspot.com/.