In addition to providing monthly financial support to four local non-for-profits that help at-risk kids in Leon, Nicaragua, Quetzaltrekkers also runs its own scholarship program. Recipients of the scholarship are required to maintain high grades and take great pride in submitting their report cards every semester. In return, Quetzaltrekkers pledges to pay the kids’ school fees through university and also pays for some kids to take English classes at the Casa de Cultura. This past weekend, Quetzaltrekkers welcomed these brilliant students for a special lunch at our office. It was a happy, crazy day, filled with games, burritos and proud parents.
As is the case in other Central American countries, Nicaraguan children attend school in shifts. Children typically attend school in either the morning or afternoon. And some children only go to school on Saturdays. After school programs are nonexistent in Nicaragua and children usually have more than half of the day free. Students are typically required to pay school fees for basic supplies and school uniforms. Most schools are unable to afford sports equipment, musical instruments, and technology. As a result, Nicaraguan schools are only able to offer basic subjects to students. Quetzaltrekkers funds many programs that provide children with safe, adult supervised spaces and fun extracurricular activities during the hours they don’t have school. Continue reading
Aguas Frias is the name of a community that is 30 minutes away from the Telica`s crater, one of our famous hikes. The small community has 54 families, all living together as a team. It wasn’t the first time that Quetzaltrekkers helped this community, in 2009 we built a couple of latrines for the school.
One of the biggest needs of Aguas Frias was its school, a place for around 60 kids. The school had only one destroyed classroom where two teachers tried to teach six different grades, the floor was full of holes because of the leaks on the roof and the classroom was literally falling apart. Continue reading
Nicaragua has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Central America. According to government between 40 and 45 percent of all pregnancies registered in the country are of women 14 to 19 years of age. The result is a huge number of single mums, because many dads simply deny the responsibilities of new parenthood.
One of the better ways to help combat these statistics comes through proper education and better access to contraception for teenagers. When Quetzaltrekkers heard about a sexual education workshop hosted by three young Nicaraguan women we wanted to know more. Continue reading
June is when Nicaragua celebrates Children’s Month. Many schools, neighborhoods and communities will be celebrating this month where parties are in preparation with surprises for children.
For years Nicaragua has been promoting the concept of the rights of children and today there are laws protecting children and their rights. But thousands of children in the country do not experience the full joys of childhood and the rights given to them and many of them do not have the benefit of an education passed grade five. Continue reading
The school Hermanos de Salsburgo is located in the neighborhood of Fundesi in Leon. Around 300 kids attend the school from kindergarten to middle school.
It was the director of the school who came to the Quetzaltrekkers office more than one time asking for help. If the director took the time to come several times it was worthy to check out. The first visit we found a big school with beautiful painting walls but with lots of needs, one of them was the playground for the 30 kindergarteners who were having their break inside the classrooms. The games were old and rusted, and most importantly it wasn’t a safe place for them. Continue reading
Quetzaltrekkers has a good relationship with KM. 18 School, located close to Cerro Negro volcano. We built and painted a library, we donate school supplies every year and we helped with graduation day. Because of all these projects together, Marlene the responsible of the library knock one more time our door to make us part of a Math Competition celebrated with five more schools.
The purpose of the competition was to bring all these schools together and built a relationship between the students and teachers, also it was a way to challenge the kids. Continue reading
Quetzatrekkers Leon has been working with communities in Somoto, Madriz since 2009. Our Somoto Canyon hike brings us right into the backyard of many small communities. Our goal has always been to work with these marginalized communities that we come into contact during our hikes.
In the past we built a kitchen and classroom to use as a library in the school. We also fixed the roof and put new floor in three class rooms, all with the help of Henry Soriano, community leader, and the parents who committed their time to help in the construction. Helping this community was really rewarding for us, but we knew that more schools around this area needed our help.
Kilometro 18 school opened in 1989. This school located in rural area away from every major highway, only three buses visits this area every day. The dirt and bumpy road to this school is poor at best. Even with these circumstances, 87 children attend the primary school during the week and 68 teenagers to secondary school on Saturdays. The children live in the surroundings neighborhoods and use horses, donkeys or bicycles to arrive in the morning.
Quetzaltrekkers discovered the school 4 years ago when one of her teachers approached to the office asking for help. Since then we’ve help them with school supplies and materials for special events. Last year we decided to go further and build a library, the school only had three class rooms that couldn`t fit all the children. New library offered an extra space to learn and work for the children. The grand opening was in July 2014, since opening this new space we have 25 children joined the newly created book club. Quickly teachers filled this new space and booked filled the shelves. Continue reading