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Posted May 29, 2017 by Casey Callais

Super adobe sacks are up in El Jicarito

By Casey Callais 04/28/2017 — Five and a half months after laying the first sacks, the last sacks have been laid in the community school of El Jicarito, Nicaragua. And to top it off, the major roof work has been …

Posted February 6, 2017 by Casey Callais

Jicarito roof going up

By Casey Callais 2/6/2017 — Still at it. It’s good to watch the progress of this project. Now it is starting to look more like what we have been imagining the school to look like. Walls and roof make all …

Posted January 20, 2017 by Casey Callais

Happy New Year!

By Casey Callais 1/20/2017 — Our New Year’s resolution is the same as last years. This year we resolve to better the access, relevance and quality of education in Nicaragua. So how are we going about meeting those resolutions for …

Posted December 16, 2016 by Casey Callais

Happy Holidays

By Casey Callais 12/16/2016 — Dashing down the road
In a one-way dirt road track…
O’er the bumps we go
Never looking back.

In Ji-ca-ri-to
Arriving to the site…
Oh what fun it is to stuff a sack with all …

Posted November 18, 2016 by Casey Callais

The first window has been bagged

By Casey Callais 11/18/2016 — One of the most well-known truths in the history of construction is that the arch is one of the strongest figures in architecture. This week we built our first window and utilized the power of …

Posted November 5, 2016 by Casey Callais

SOL equips teachers with computers in Tipitapa

By Casey Callais 11/5/2016 — Thanks to generous donations from Seeds of Learning supporters and work groups, four more teachers received laptops and teaching materials such as pens, pencils, notebooks and crayons in the Tipitapa region of Nicaragua.

This makes …

Posted November 4, 2016 by Casey Callais

The day has finally arrived

By Casey Callais, 11/04/2016 — All the hype over this project in El Jicarito is finally starting to become the reality now that we have started laying the first rows of superadobe earth bags. That’s right, we are finally able …

Posted October 28, 2016 by Casey Callais

That is called teamwork

By Casey Callais 10/28/2016 — For those of you who are following the progress of our superadobe school construction in El Jicarito, Nicaragua, this update will come as good news. The footings of the elementary school building have been finished …

Posted October 14, 2016 by Casey Callais

Cement mixer working like a dream, rain every day

By Casey Callais 10/14/2016 — We are moving right along on the super adobe school building project in El Jicarito. We finally located a cement mixer and, after some small repairs, are filling forms faster than we can put them …

Posted October 7, 2016 by Casey Callais

Moving on up in Jicarito

By Casey Callais 10/07/2016 — We love to see up construction. So far we have filled up footings with cement, put up columns for the main classroom and tied up the bottom beam. We still need to fix up the …

Posted October 4, 2016 by Casey Callais

Seeds of Learning’s 25th anniversary celebration

By Casey Callais 10/04/2016 — It was a celebration a quarter century in the making and the Seeds of Learning staff in Ciudad Dario pulled it off in a spectacular fashion. On the first of October staff, friends, family, volunteers …

Posted September 28, 2016 by Casey Callais

Welding workshop graduates receive their diplomas

By Casey Callais 09/28/2016 — The graduates from a Winds of Change sponsored welding workshop received their diplomas in a ceremony at the community house “Casa Verde” in Pedro Arauz, Nicaragua.

The workshop that was held earlier this year was …

Posted September 16, 2016 by Casey Callais

Inauguration of the school in el Papayal

By Casey Callais 09/16/2016 –– This week we were proud to inaugurate the one-room school house that we helped the community build in El Papayal.

We were fortunate to have two work groups building alongside us in the community …

Posted September 11, 2016 by Casey Callais

Jeramiah explains why you should go on a SOL trip

If anybody is wondering what a trip with Seeds of Learning is like, let Jeramiah tell you in only a minute and a half.

Thanks for your hard work, Jeramiah!…

Posted September 9, 2016 by Casey Callais

The architects get dirty in El Jicarito

By Casey Callais 9/9/2016 — Four members of Knitknot Architecture Group who created the design for the earthbag school in El Jicarito visited the worksite this week. Their mission was to get to know the community, clarify questions the foreman …

Posted September 2, 2016 by Casey Callais

We welcome the rain in Tipitapa

By Casey Callais 2/09/2016 — The rain has been a welcome sight here in the Tipitapa area of Nicaragua. Farmers have been busy planting crops but we have also had a good turnout of locals helping with our Jicarito school …

Posted August 19, 2016 by Casey Callais

El Jicarito: Let the construction begin

By Casey Callais 08/19/2016 — It has been a hard two months but we have finally gotten the ground prepared–so we can confidently say that construction can now being. *whew!*

Massive thank you to the open enrollment group from Portland …

Posted August 19, 2016 by Casey Callais

Video of the Portland Open visit

By Casey Callais 08/19/2016 — Check out this time lapse compilation of the visit of the Portland Open group that visited us to work in El Jicarito last week.

Huge thanks to everyone on the trip! And thanks again for …

Posted August 5, 2016 by Casey Callais

Hills of filler spilling hither

By Casey Callais, 8/05/2016 –– Huge, huge, huge thanks to the Portland Jesuit High School and the Sonoma Valley team for all their hard work in the last few weeks. Finally the holes have been dug and filled!

This …

Posted July 29, 2016 by Casey Callais

Many hands make light work – El Jicarito, Nicaragua

By Casey Callais 7/29/2016 –– Like the old-fashioned Quaker barn raising, it’s been all hands on deck to get this school ready for construction. Aside from the 23-strong Sonoma Valley group, people from three neighboring communities came out to …

Sonoma Valley and el Jicarito working together
Posted July 22, 2016 by Casey Callais

Jicarito plus Sonoma Valley equals good stuff

By Casey Callais 7/22/2016 — What a difference a group makes.

This week we have been lucky to share our passion for education  with 23 fun-loving, hard-working individuals from Sonoma Valley, California and of course local community members from El …

Posted July 15, 2016 by Casey Callais

Winds of Change rebuilds water pump in Pedro Arauz

By Casey Callais 7/15/2016 — Water changes everything.

It was a long week of cutting metal, welding parts, making it work and getting it right but on Friday morning the Toronto-based organization Winds of Change, working with Seeds of …

Posted July 8, 2016 by Casey Callais

Still moving dirt in El Jicarito

By Casey Callais 7/8/2016 — The Seeds of Learning office in Managua has seen rain nearly every day for the last two weeks. El Jicarito, only about 15 miles north as the crow flies, has been lucky to receive a …

Posted June 27, 2016 by Casey Callais

Finishing up the school in El Papayal

By Casey Callais 6/27/16 — The one-room school building that Seeds of Learning has been constructing in the community of El Papayal has made major advancements toward its development. The school building now has a floor, sidewalk and roof. And …

Posted June 24, 2016 by Casey Callais

Moving dirt in el Jicarito

By Casey Callais 6/24/2016 — Four dump trucks of dirt. That is how much sticky black mud has been removed for the foundations of the columns so far. Big thanks to the Jesuit High School group from Portland Oregon and …

Posted June 17, 2016 by Casey Callais

Starting the foundations of education with the Jesuits

By Casey Callais, 6/17/2016 — This week we have been honored to have a 21-person strong group of dedicated volunteers from the Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon working with us. And when I say work, I mean hot, muddy, …

Posted June 10, 2016 by Casey Callais

Designed to educate: Breaking ground on the school in El Jicarito

By Casey Callais, 6/10/2016 – There are three areas of education that Seeds of Learning Managua envisions to change in the Tipitapa region: access, quality and relevance. SOL Managua’s latest project isn’t just about giving kids a new place to …