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george sand

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Review for Newton San Juan Del Sur Sister City Project Inc, Newton, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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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Role:  Board Member

Review for Newton San Juan Del Sur Sister City Project Inc, Newton, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make more schools like this one

Role:  Board Member & I have helped to raise money to support the free high school.nWhat gave me an edge in my campaighn is how little if any money goes to support the fund raising activities.