What is great about the programs of Empowerment International in Granada, Nicaragua? They are promoting a greater solidarity on so many levels. If you visit the center for example you will see most of the work is being done by the members of the community itself. Like this older boy helping this younger girl in her school work.
EI is creating a sense of responsibility and empowerment in these communities by providing them the tools to lift themselves out of poverty. Older children in the community are getting additional responsibilities that help the community itself and contribute to create strong values for each of them. An added bonus is the rise in esteem visible in these young tutors. They are also accountable to their young students, which help keep them in school themselves and a sense self-worth is has injected in each of the teen participants as they help make a difference in their neighbors lives as well as their own.
Without EI, this older boy would probably may not even be in school by now. When EI started working in the barrios, most children dropped out by 4th or 5th grade. This boy would instead helping the family make a meager living or worse, by hanging out on the streets or doing drugs. At the EI activity and education center, everything is in place to support this solidarity. Desk, chair, pencils, a small library and even computers. it is certain this young girl will follow the same model of her peer mentor when she gets older.
Should you be interested to know more about our journey (also in solidarity) in July 2012 in Nicaragua, please follow this link. If you are interested in taking a similar photographic journey such as myself there is another trip coming up in February of 2013.
How could you increase solidarity?
For 1$ a day, Empowerment International will get a child like her in the program. EI will meet with the student and teacher on a regular basis to monitor his or her progress. After each meeting EI will meet with the parents to report on the progress and will recommend corrective action as needed. EI also helps facilitate solutions to barriers that arise which would typically cause a child to drop out of school.
So can you sponsor a child like her for 1$ a day? This is less than a cup of coffee.
You can also buy this Calendar. For each Calendar sold 10$ will go to EI to help these kids. And believe me, this $10 can go a long way in a country like Nicaragua with a program like Empowerment International!
Or you can buy a print of one of these kids. Again, all the proceeds will go to EI.
The ultimate way to help though is sponsoring a child. When you make a commitment, you will receive regular report on the progress of the child you are sponsoring and will have the satisfaction of giving this child the opportunities that associated with education.
Take a few minute to hear Anielka’s Story:
Wouldn’t you like to see your protégé show such determination and character in a few years from now?