October 29, 2012
Seven years ago, I took my first trip to Nagarote, Nicaragua to help establish a photo project and see first-hand what was happening in this project that I had heard about since 1986. I was hooked! I was so impressed with the work being done with the youth that I came back determined to help the project grow (and indeed it has grown tremendously over the past 7 years). But more importantly for me personally, I had made some wonderful friends. The young people that I first met when they were 14 and 15 years old are now college students working with the youth currently in our program. They are thoughtful, energetic, and hopeful - wonderful role models for the young people of course, but also for the older ones who see them determined to make a better life. The family I stay with is like my own family. They have all given me far more than I have given them. For a small organization with a very small budget, NNSCP has made a huge difference in the lives of the people - from preschoolers and their parents, to elementary age students in the reading circle, to young people in our youth project, to all the children, youth, and college students in our scholarship program. It has also had an impact on the whole town, through its reforestation project and model organic farm. Its success in so many areas makes it a model for good development work.
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