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Newton San Juan Del Sur Sister City Project Inc

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Nica

Board Member

Rating: 5

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...

Review from Guidestar