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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, International, Job Training, Promotion of International Understanding, Secondary & High Schools, Vocational & Technical Schools

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.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 David

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 the public high school--pregnant women or mothers, married people, anybody over 18. Newton's work in "Appropriate Technology for Public Health"--BioSand Filters to purify water in the home, EcoStoves for smoke-free cooking, Composting Toilets, etc--reaches high standards and have produced valuable innovations. Dozens of volunteers work for the Sister City Project during the year, and give rave reviews. So do I.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Free High School serves a pressing need in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua--a huge number of people (over 18, or pregnant or with kids, or who have had to work) are simple not allowed to attend the "public" high school. The FHS is a lifesaver for them. They get to complete a secondary education, either in their villages, or by coming into town once a week and studying all day in the Sabatino or Saturday School. And because they follow the national curriculum, their degree has the same value as a public school diploma. It's been wildly successful, so much so that they're bursting at the seams, with enrollments rising steadily year after year. People know a good thing when they see it. Until the government Does The Right Thing and starts to fund secondary educations for EVERYBODY who needs it, we all need to support the FHS, which has been called "a model for the rest of the country."

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Paula18

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm an educator, and I love schools. A good school is at the heart of a community. The Free High School, by providing education and services (for 550 people!) is doing something not just for the students, but for the communities they are a part of. San Juan Del Sur is fortunate to have partners here who understand (1) the importance of a good education and (b) that we owe something to the people of Nicaragua.This project makes a difference.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My visits to the Fee High School for Adults in San Juan del Sur have been marked with admiration and awe for both the students who arrive in large numbers to attend the classes and the project directors who have conceived and sustained such an amazing institution.
The classrooms were so full that folks were hanging out of doors, taking notes in their tattered notebooks.
The women spoke of their hopes for a different future because of the education they were receiving today.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For 20 years, the Newton Massachusetts - San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua Sister City Project has made a dramatic difference in the lives of literally thousands of residents of this city on Nicaragua's Pacific coast. Today the Project has deep relationships with actors throughout the community, and dozens of local and international volunteers, in the fields of childhood and Adult Education -- including the indispensible Free High School -- and Appropriate Technologies, including drinking water systems, kitchen-smoke evacuation, and sanitation. The collaboration is two-way, with many San Juanenos visiting their northern sister city. The Sister City project is a model of international cooperation, and deserves the support needed to sustain and grow its activities.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Newton San Juan del Sur Sister City's Free High School has it right:
Give the struggling poor educational tools and watch them soar.
A well thought out and well managed program. Educating these adults has positive repercussions for the students, their families, their communities and for the small country of Nicaragua where in the past dictators kept the people ignorant and in poverty by denying them the opportunity to become literate.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a long-time resident and ESL t eaching volunteer in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, I am keenly aware of the great contribution that the Free School makes year after year to this struggling community. This year I was able to offer some assistance to some of the volunteer teachers in the way of ESL materials.

Review from Guidestar