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October 24, 2012

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February 24, 2011

The Free High School offers a second chance to people who were cut out of the school system for various reasons. Girls who became mothers before they finished school , boys who did not finish by seven... more

October 24, 2012

I have visited the high school for adults, a Newton Sister City Project as well as other projects in San Juan. The sister city has helped citizens of San Juan for years to get education for people who are otherwise unable to go to school because they are working or because the women have children, to get clean water and get stoves with chimneys that alleviate the lung diseases caused by the interior cooking fires. Every project in which I have participated used used the small amount of money it had wisely, primarily for supplies and salaries for the San Juan teachers and other workers. Wherever I went in San Juan with any of the Sister City Project workers we were greeted with enthusaism and gratitude even from students who had attended the school years ago. This is a project that deserves all the support it can get because the returns in terms of betterment of people's lives are so great and obvious. This organization has had a life changing impact on people who, for instance, got jobs they would not otherwise have been able to get because the free high school for adults offered them an opportunity Nicaragua denied them.

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Life-changing

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2012

February 24, 2011

The Free High School offers a second chance to people who were cut out of the school system for various reasons. Girls who became mothers before they finished school , boys who did not finish by seventeen would never have had a chance at an educaton without the Free high School and that's what gives this school its aura of heroisim and achievement and promise for the future where old and young will assist each other and the distinctions will be less important. The graduates go on to more productive lives than they had hoped for and that is what makes supporting this endeavor so particularly satisfying.

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Unfortunantely my experience is all vicarious but the stories of the graduates are inspiring

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make more schools like this one

October 18, 2013

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October 22, 2012

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 "p... more

October 18, 2013

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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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 22, 2012

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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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 1, 2011

Imagine a huge population--over 18, or pregnant, or married, or with kids, or need to work during the week--who simply aren't permitted to attend the public high school. Then along comes a FREE High School for ADULTS and before you know it the new school has more students (and higher morale) that the public school. This is incredibly cool, and a real tribute to the founders, the teachers who give their time and skills, and the students who simply love their school! I've been there, I've seen the energy in the classrooms. It's truly inspiring.

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learning about how successful they were after graduation and what a difference it has made in their lives to be able to complete high school after waiting for so long.

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make it a model of adult education for all of Nicaragua.

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

El instituto Libre para Adultos Margareth Morganroth Gullette, es una institucion que ha venido a solucionar grandes limitaciones educativas que existian en nuestro municipio , madres y padres de familia ,obreros , campesinos que no tenian la oportunidad de accesar a un sistema educativa en una modalidad especial , gratuito . materiales libres y disponibles para cada asignatura , maestros con una gran calidad humana .
Ahora estudiar ya no es una dificultad , si no una desicion individual de interes particular y el instituto libre para adultos , no es solamente para adultos sino para todos aquellos que quieren un futuro mejor para sus vidas y la de nuestro municipio , sin importar su edad o condicion de vida.

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February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

El instituto libre para adultos tiene sus orígenes en la alfabetización entre mujeres, en 1998, 240 mujeres organizadas en núcleos rurales y urbanos decidieron romper las cadenas y vencer la oscurana a la que fueron sometidas por muchos años, ellas muy decididas aprendieron a leer y escribir y alcanzar su primaria, luego demandaron mas educación y se apertura el instituto para educación secundaria y técnica beneficiando a 550 estudiantes. El instituto tiene un gran impacto social en el municipio, ha contribuido a mejorar el nivel de vida de las familias, a erradicar el analfabetismo y a dar capacidades para sentar las bases para el despegue de un desarrollo económico.

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Hemos tenido excelentes resultados ya que los pobladores que estudian en el Instituto para adultos tienen mejores oportunidades de empleos y estan formando sus propias microempresas, ellos reciben una educacion social y se integran a tareas concretas como el cuido de la salud y el medio ambiente,alfabetizan, hacen investigacion social para proponer e incidir en la soluciòn con el gobierno local.

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Integraria un programa de reconocimiento a las mujeres destacadas desrrollando el emprendimiento social.

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

I am working actually with the Technicals Institute in San Juan del Sur, I am a teacher for the Construction students,I want to say that i fell very proud to share my knowlodge with very interesting and hopefull peoples whoes don`t matter their bad economical situationr to continue student and progress.
This Project is very important for the Education and the economy in San Juan del Sur. Thank you very much to the Doners, and the Directions to made true the dreams of a lot peoples here. and to continue working for this town.
Muchas Gracias...

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A lot peoples whoes studied in this technical Institute, now they are working and the opportunity to get a job is better than before.

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