Community Building Projects

Since 1992, SOL has collaborated with the residents of rural communities in Nicaragua to build school classrooms and other needed infrastructure. We expanded our program to El Salvador in 1998. SOL provides all building materials and supervises the construction process, while community members provide labor and organizational support. During the construction process, volunteer work groups from the United States and Canada lend a hand with the construction.

Communities invite SOL to carry out a project through a formal request. We then hold a series of meetings during which we visit the community to explain how we work. If a project is approved, we work closely with all community members, whose involvement and leadership is critical to the project’s success.

We feel strongly that a community’s investment in as many aspects of the project as possible is vital to its immediate success as well as its longer term impacts on the community’s development process. Click below to read about some of our recent projects

15 de Septiembre

The community of Tule has over 2,200 people, most of whom work in the nearby city of Matagalpa. The local elementary school serves over 500 students from preschool through 6th grade and has 15 teachers. The school was named “15 de Septiembre” in commemoration of the Act of Independence in 1821, in which [. . .]

Brisas de San Luis

Brisas de San Luis and Anexo a Los Trejos are neighboring communities of about 1,200 people in the municipality of Tipitapa. Most community members are laborers who work on large farms or cattle ranches. Others, mainly women, work in a free trade zone next to the community. A few community members have informal businesse [. . .]

El Chaguite

El Chaguite is a rural village of about 250 people located in the municipality of Ciudad Dario, Nicaragua.

Most community members work as subsistence farmers, or outside the home as door-to-door salesmen or in other entrepreneurial endeavors. There is potable water and electricity in most houses, and most homes ha [. . .]

El Progreso

El Progreso school is located in the rural, mountainous community of Despala Quemada #2 in the municipality of Matagalpa. The majority of the 300 community members work as farmers, growing coffee, flowers, and vegetables.

The community is well organized, and the people are very interested in improving the conditi [. . .]

Mesas de Acicaya

Mesas de Acicaya is a rural community of about 856 people located in the municipality of Tipitapa. Most are small farmers who grow beans, corn and sorghum. Some also have small, informal businesses. There is electricity available, but no water in individual homes. People must walk to the nearest communal spout and carry [. . .]

Villa Japón

Villa Japón is a rural community of about 3,000 people in the municipality of Tipitapa. Most members of the community work on large farms owned by national and foreign companies or in nearby free trade zones. Most families earn barely enough to support their most basic needs. They live in conditions of extreme poverty, [. . .]

El Jicarito

El Jicarito is a small and poor rural community in Tipitapa of about 250 people. They had a group of pre-school children (about 15) having classes in provisional facilities in a family house. Around 30 more elementary-school students have to travel to neighboring communities (more than two miles away) to access education [. . .]

El Papayal

El Papayal is a rural community located in the municipality of Tipitapa, Nicaragua. Most community members work on cattle or rice farms for very low wages. Out of the 140 people who live in the community, just three people have completed high school. Even in the face of many obstacles, community members are committed [. . .]

Three Community School Refurbishment Project

La Remonta, Asiento Viejo, and Las Mesas are rural communities located within 20 km of Ciudad Darío. Seeds of Learning and volunteers have worked with all three communities in the past to build much-needed classrooms. Although these classrooms provide important educational opportunities through improved infrastructure, [. . .]

La Laguna

Thanks to additional funding from a number of generous donors, in 2016 we were able to continue work on the La Laguna Satellite Center in Matagalpa.

In 2013, SOL began to work with the community to build a new preschool and learning center.  Although the preschool and parts of the center are operational, the cen [. . .]

Pedro Arauz

Pedro Arauz is located in the municipality of Tipitapa, Nicaragua. Most of the 480 inhabitants of this rural, low-income community work as farmers. In 2013, Seeds of Learning partnered with Pedro Arauz to build a small elementary school. Classes were previously held outside, with students sitting on the ground under tree [. . .]

El Triunfo

The community of El Triunfo is located in the municipality of Tipitapa. Most of the 500 inhabitants of this low-income, rural community work as farmers, either on their own small farms or for large agribusinesses. In 2014, SOL worked with the El Triunfo community to expand the elementary school. Together we built one new [. . .]