Mesas de Acicaya is a remote, rural community located in the municipality of Tipitapa, Nicaragua. Most of the 856 inhabitants are small farmers who grow beans, corn and sorghum. Historically the community has received little support from public and private agencies, which makes development a challenge. The local leadership has organized most of the local projects, using resources raised within the community.
In 2017, Seeds of Learning partnered with the Mesas de Acicaya community to build a Learning Resource Center (LRC). The LRC was requested by a group of high school students who belong to a local organization named Caminos al Saber (Pathways to Knowledge). This group of youth is dedicated to promoting access to quality education in the community. In addition to spearheading the LRC project, the youth are committed to running the LRC in the long-term as well as organizing additional educational projects. Click here to read more about the LRC project.
In 2018, the students of Caminos al Saber and local teachers have requested support in expanding the local school by building two new classrooms. We look forward to working with the local community on this project, as well as partnering with Winds of Change, who is providing funding. The school currently has just three classrooms for five different grade levels, which means that some students attend classes during a morning shift while others have to wait until an afternoon shift. There are also high school classes which operate out of the school on Saturdays, but there is not enough room for all the students. One grade level is forced to hold their classes in the local community center, which has a damaged roof. The two new classrooms will not only alleviate overcrowding and ensure there is enough space for the current students, but will also provide sufficient space for both elementary and high school classes to expand.
8/10 Update: Construction of the two new classrooms began in April. The project has been delayed due to the political unrest in Nicaragua, but will resume in the next few months. We look forward to continuing to work with local community volunteers and partner organization Winds of Change to complete this project. We thank the volunteers from the Sonoma Valley High School Spring Break group, who participated in the construction.
Click here to view photos of the construction progress.