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Rodney Barker 49 Wooodcliff Road 02461
Margaret M. Gullette 68 Pembroke Street 02458

Massachusetts 02458

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Target demographics: Under-served low-income women and men who have been excluded from regular high schools

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2013, 681 people enrolled in our three high-school programs

Geographic areas served: The 250-square mile area of San Juan del Sur Nicaragua

Our mission is to empower the 18,000 far-flung people of San Juan to develop their education and skills and improve their health. Current programs include maintaining school buildings, providing biosand filters and eco-stoves in the rural areas, and overseeing the free High School for Adults/ Technical Institute.
By the end of this year the Free High School will have graduated 616 people. It enrolls about 700 every year, the most-underprivileged in the region.
Over 700 biosand filters have been given out.
We built or renovated 17 schools, including new pre-schools in rural villages.

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I've been volunteering with the Newton Sister City Project for years. This group is doing cutting edge work in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, in both education and health. The Free High School for Adults is a one-of-its-kind treasure, offering high quality secondary education to those not welcome in ... more »
"The Free High School is a model for the nation.” Vice-Minister of Education, Marlon Siu. “The Free High School is changing the culture of the region.” –former Vice-mayor of San Juan I co-founded the Free High School in 2002, and, as a volunteer, I raise funds for it every year. I think... more »
My husband and I are living in Nicaragua, and are witnesses to the amazing effects that the Newton San Juan del Sur Sister Project has on this part of the world. We volunteered on a project in which they created a school for a community that otherwise had no schoolhouse to teach their young ... more »
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