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Review for Norwalk Sister City Project, Inc., Norwalk, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I visited the Norwalk/Nagarote Sister-City Project in Nicaragua last February. I returned deeply impressed with the quality and scope of the Project, even more strongly dedicated to helping it continue to succeed.

Now in its 26th year, N/N supports a pre-school program for little ones and an after-school program for teens. Computers, baking, sewing, hairdressing, art, and martial arts are just a few of the programs the staff offers to 185 kids as an alternative to the gangs, drugs, and pregnancies that often go hand-in-hand with poverty. The Project also offers an extensive organic agriculture and home gardening program.

Most importantly, the Norwalk/Nagarote Sister-City Project provides hope. Eighty-two students are offered scholarships from grade school to the university. While most of their parents never finished sixth grade, almost all of our scholars complete high school and continue on to college. (Sixth grade is as far as my own father went; I know first-hand how important education is, how much hope it gives).
Part of the attraction of N/N is how personal it is, how local. Friends and neighbors here in the Norwalk area are working together to help friends and neighbors in Nagarote (and once you have visited, you know these are friends and neighbors!).

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