This sustainable, solar-powered public library in the community of Chacraseca, Nicaragua. The library will serve a critical role in the development of educational services in the community. Serving the needs of both children and adults, the tools and skills learned will enable many to break the cycle of poverty. Construction began on the library in late September, 2013.
Friends New England has a committee of very dedicated individuals from various backgrounds working on this project both in the United States and in León, Nicaragua. They are currently conducting academic research on domestic violence in the León and developing a resource inventory of organizations that work with women in the community.
In addition to the short-term outcome of immediate water for drinking, cooking, and bathing, family members can focus concerns on other issues like better education and employment opportunities because of the assurance of access to this precious resource. Participating in a grassroots project like this gives community members a sense of ownership and a stake in its construction and maintenance.
Tengo un Sueño is a grassroots effort of the Imagination Federation, which supports 29 fourth and fifth grade students (“dreamers”) by providing an English teacher, two full-time community coordinators, uniforms, shoes, school supplies, along with 4 times a week English lessons and a warm lunch.
Niño Feliz is a school for children with special needs located in the city of Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. There are five classrooms: Down’s Syndrome/low functioning, severe physical disabilities, primary level, auditory disabilities/deaf, and visual disabilities/blind. In addition to these classes, there is also a class that offers instruction in daily living skills and crafts.
FNE has been working with the Engineers Without Borders chapter at the Illinois Institute of Technology on a Bridge Project in San Claudio, Nicaragua. The project seeks to span a river that develops during the Nicaraguan rainy season; it will directly affect approximately 3000 individuals, and will indirectly affect another 12,000, and is scheduled for implementation in 2016.
FNE helps Stony Brook University, Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic of Ohio coordinate their annual medical mission trip to the Sacred Valley of Peru and Cuzco each summer. For four to six weeks groups of medical students, volunteer attendings, physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and civilian public health workers from these schools will collaborate with healthcare professionals in Peru to improve the lives of people living in medically under-served communities.