Help rural kids finish high school

$580 of $1,100 goal

Raised by 12 people in 1 month
Dale Hunter  Vancouver, BC


Please help kids get past grade 6 and finish high school.  The  Instituto Gaspar Garcia Laviana in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua urgently needs  a printer to continue Saturday classes for these kids that are unable to attend school during the week.
In rural Nicaragua, most high school-age kids have to work in agriculture, schools are too far away, and the cost is too high for families.  Yet, education is their best opportunity to climb out of poverty. 

A San Juan organisation, Instituto Gaspar Garcia Laviana, has been providing Saturday classes to these kids for 17 years.  Rural children in the countryside around San Juan del Sur achieve high school graduation, and in many cases enter post-secondary studies at a nearby university.

The Institute is currently serving 75 rural students in two centers, Tortuga and Bernardino Diaz Ochoa, each about an hour from San Juan del Sur on rocky country roads. High school teachers spend their Saturdays there teaching the whole high school curriculum across all grades.

The Institute is a certified charitable organization and a government-certified distance education provider, but receives no government funding. They depend on donations from individuals and foundations to carry on their work.

The teachers are in dire need of a printer.  Funds raised will pay for a Canon MF 216n multifunction laser printer – $360 USD in San Juan del Sur – and a supply of toner cartridges and paper to last approximately two years.

 $800 USD will cover their printing and photocopying needs for 2 years.  Please reach out and help this courageous and generous organization of Nicaraguan educators.
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Update 11
Posted by Dale Hunter
2 days ago
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Hi everybody, hope you are having a great Sunday. Our fundraiser for the weekend school program here is over half way to target, and we have enough to buy a printer. Now we are working on buying toner cartridges, which cost about 35 USD here in Rivas, and will last about 6-8 weeks. If we raise all the way to our target, we will be able to buy about 10, and ensure that the program can handle its printing costs through 2018. Please help!
Cheers!
Dale
Teachers and students at Tortuga school
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Update 10
Posted by Dale Hunter
18 days ago
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Hi everybody,
We have reached 50% of target - thanks to all who've contributed so far!

In Nicaragua, the job market is unbelievably tough and you need every edge you can get. People in the rural areas need to use all available means to get out of poverty, in many cases extreme poverty. An opportunity to get a high school diploma is priceless. Please donate - your dollars will do a lot here.

Saludos cordiales,
Dale
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Update 9
Posted by Dale Hunter
24 days ago
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Hi everybody, we are almost at 50%, which is very positive! Thanks to all who have donated so far, much appreciated. The teachers are encouraged and looking forward to having a good printer and copier available. I think the photo illustrates how important this opportunity is to rural kids and families around San Juan. There is so little money available to people here - we can really make a difference with small amounts of funding:-)
Proud mom and son at graduation
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Update 8
Posted by Dale Hunter
27 days ago
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Amig@s: por favor, help us reach our target so the teachers can keep teaching out inTortuga and Bernardino. They have a long track record and a good one, and they will put your $$ to the best use. Note that everything here in Nicaragua costs double the US or Canadian cost, or more, so printer and toner cartridges are out of reach for them. I will post all receipts online once we get to the target and have the materials in hand. Please help folks move ahead in Rivas Nicaragua!
Students, families and grads
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Created March 10, 2017
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