Mission: 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.
Results: 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.
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
Programs: Supplies and services exclusively for charitable activities for the relief of poverty in san juan del sur, nicaragua including construction of schools, educational and cultural programs.
"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 it is the most important institution in San Juan del Sur for empowering women and men for life. Every year we change the lives of 650-700 students who could not continue their education otherwise.
The Free High School has been independently reviewed and found to be the best of its kind.