Lacewing has been helping Las Marias school in Nicaragua since 2004. Since then, Lacewing has provided multi year scholarships to children leaving 6th grade to complete high school. We have helped them build two new classroom buildings, bathroom facilities and a teacher breakroom. They now have added a fully accredited high school on site. Now all children in this rural area can further their educations without leaving home. We have helped more than 45 students graduate. Currently we have 4 students in La Bastilla. A very good technical, agricultural high school.
We have graduated almost 30 children from five year programs. Currently we have 8 students in La Bastilla, a very good technical agricultural school.
The students at La Bastilla are all doing very well despite the severe political unrest in their country these days. None of them were allowed to go home due to the dangerous situation around their village.
We have worked through Seeds of Progress, a US non profit foundation in Nicaragua for several years. Seeds of Progress originated as a group of Nicaraguan business people who wanted to help rural students become educated. This year they are beginning two pilot programs for rural, coffee area schools that were developed in Colombia. We are very excited to support them in this endeavor. We believe that this new program will strengthen the the school program overall in Nicaragua, giving learning opportunities to students which have not existed in the past.