managed by P. Jackson (Communication)
Local help, Development cooperation , Socially deprived
La Esperanza Granada is a registered non-profit, non-governmental, non-denominational organization which has been working to improve children's education since 2002. We believe that by improving education and broadening access to it, we can help people living in the poor barrios of Granada improve their quality of life.
Our motto is to give a hand up, not a hand out. Volunteers who work with us get a very rewarding experience. The effect we have on the lives of children is amazing, through motivation, encouragement, and support we can provide them with the means to continue their education.
Our efforts are focused on providing English teaching and other learning activities such as Spanish and mathematics in the periphery of the colonial city of Granada. The Nicaraguan education system is overcrowded, underfunded, and works with few resources. Roughly 40% of students do not graduate the 6th grade, and another 40% are not even enrolled in school. That's why we started building our own Learning Centers in 2016. The children come here before and after their regular school hours for free. Our volunteers support an interest in learning. We use positive reinforcement and encourage creativity to promote attendance and graduation. A key part of our program is working with small groups off children in a more informal way in order to stimulate their interest in learning.
In addition to our volunteer efforts, we provide secondary school sponsorships and University scholarships to enable young Nicaraguans to pursue higher education, a rare opportunity for many. We also complete home repairs for families in extreme need, repare classrooms, provide school materials, and offer eye and dental exams for students. While working with La Esperanza, Volunteers gain a better understanding of Nicaragua, the culture, Spanish, and create life long relationships with other volunteers.