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My Next Journey

Posted: September 23, 2017 in SchoolBox Trip

Back in 2014, I traveled to Nicaragua with SchoolBox to help build a new school in the community of Jardines de Apoyo.

In November, I have the opportunity to travel with this amazing organization again.  I will be helping build a classroom  at the El Porvenir School in Matagalpa.  This is a small community in the coffee growing region of Nicaraugua.  Currently the school has 77 students from kindergarten to grade 6.  Currently the kindergarten students share a classroom with the 4th, 5th and 6th graders, divided only by a piece of plastic. Lack of space and excessive noise make it an extremely challenging learning environment. This build will add an additional classroom so that all students have an optimal learning environment. For information about this project please check out https://schoolbox.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/El-Porvenir-Matagalpa-Project-Proposal-2017.pdf

During my 2014 trip I witnessed first hand the challenges that student and teachers face in this community.  Children were learning  in classrooms without walls or using tarps as walls.  The metal roofs had holes in them, letting the rain in.  At one point during the trip, I had the opportunity to assist some students with their math.  It was a windy day and the dust from the sandy yard was blowing through the class and blowing the books and papers around.  Despite this, the children were resilient and worked hard, as they realized how important education is to help them out of the cycle of extreme poverty.  Another thing that blew me away during this trip was how the community members, including the students would come to the build site to help build their new school.  To learn more about my last trip you can check out this link. https://canoeheadjay.wordpress.com/category/schoolbox-trip/

I have set a goal of $500 to help build the school.  These funds will go directly to the classroom building project.  Any donations are greatly appreciated.

To donate follow this link:  Making Education Possible – CanadaHelps

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As followers of my blog are aware, back in February I volunteered with the SchoolBox organization in Nicaragua and assisted with the building of a school in the rural community of Jardines de Apoyo.  If you click on the ‘SchoolBox Trip’ menu item you can see all my posts related to this amazing opportunity.  I am so excited to share with my followers the videos of the opening ceremonies that were help at the school on July 3rd.  If you look through my pictures in my posts you will see just how far the facilities have come in this community.

I am truly honoured to have been a part of this process and I am looking forward to having an opportunity to join a build again.  When I return to work in September, I plan on sharing this experience with my grade 5/6  class and hope to inspire them to help make a difference.

More information on SchoolBox can be found on their website at SchoolBox.ca

I have included a few of the videos of the opening provided by SchoolBox.  This is a link to the all videos on the SchoolBox Flickr feed.  This is a link to the photos from the opening on the SchoolBox Flicker feed.

 

Here is an update from SchoolBox on the project that I was a part of back in February.  I can only imagine how excited, the student, teachers and members of the community must be.

 

SchoolBOX – May 2014 – Construction Update at Brett #3 School.

SchoolBOX – May 2014 – Construction Update at Brett #3 School

Here is a video that shows the progress that has been made at the school in Jardines de Apoyo also known as Brett #3 .  The pictures below the video are ones I took on my first day of the build Feb 21, 2014.

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