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NICARAGUA

Improving Sanitation in Schools

where:

In the municipality of Camoapa in Boaco, northwest Nicaragua.

what:

The project will provide access to sanitation for 125 children and 7 teachers, reducing open defecation and improving health. The community’s capacity is also increased as they build the latrine and work to meet the needs of school children. Children will suffer from fewer diseases resulting in less disease and fewer missed days of school. Education leads to community-wide improvements.

Lack of adequate water and sanitation increases infant mortality and child malnutrition. Globally, contaminated water is the second greatest cause of infant mortality; an estimated 1.8 million children die each year as a result of illnesses linked to consumption of polluted water.

who implements:

The project will be implemented by El Porvenir, a Palms for Life partner who has 25 years of experience helping rural Nicaraguan communities build appropriate technology as well as providing communities with the tools they need to manage their water, sanitation and forestry resource

impact:

Short term expected results are:

  • Access to improved sanitation (cleanable surface, non-public, ventilated)
  • Usage of new latrines instead of open defecation
  • Improved health
  • Improved community capacity/self-efficacy around sanitation

Long term expected results include:

  • Sustainable access to sanitation facilities
  • Fewer deaths, disability, and DALYs lost from unsanitary conditions due to open defecation
  • Fewer missed school days leading to community wide economic improvements

why we love it:

In all of El Porvenir’s projects, the community gets involved and provides the sweat equity to get the project built. Men and women from the school’s parent’s committee will be involved in carrying materials, digging, building, providing food to the workers, follow-up maintenance and hygiene training in the school afterwards.

This project stems from a request from the community who recognizes the need for school sanitation and reached out to El Porvenir for support to build the latrine. The latrines are designed and produced in Nicaragua.

If a school does not have a latrine, some children avoid going. Girls in particular find it embarrassing if a school does not have a latrine and are more likely to drop out. The average length of schooling in rural Nicaragua is 3.6 years (Envío, UCA). Under‐education or lack of education is increased by absences and poor performance due to diseases that could be avoided through clean drinking water, improved sanitation, and hygienic practices. CARE estimates that school attendance increases by up to 30% when schools have water and sanitation services.

All EP projects include health education through classroom lessons, hand-wash-a-thons, and environmental education coloring books. Children learn how to use a latrine (keep the seat covered when not in use, what to do with paper waste, adding a drying ingredient, etc) as well as how to properly wash hands. The school teachers are trained in these topics as well so that the material is presented repeatedly.

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NICARAGUA

Children’s Library & Tutoring Space

where:

In the city of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

what:

The goal of this project is to launch a pilot Children’s Library and Tutoring Space in the city of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. The Library will help students develop a culture of reading, an interest in books, and provide the space in which they have opportunities to exercise their imagination.

Studies find that regular reading leads to a number of benefits such as increased vocabulary, improved comprehension and improved memory function. The Library will help stimulate the children’s imagination and creativity, improve their reading and comprehension skills, and aid students in completing homework and understanding concepts taught in school.

who implements:

The project will be implemented by Palms for Life Fund local partner in Nicaragua Seeds of Learning who has been working in Nicaragua since 1991.

impact:

Short term expected results are:

  • Begin to build a culture and interest in reading books
  • Create a space where listening, learning, curiosity, and imagination skills are supported
  • Grow children’s literacy, reading comprehension, and vocabulary skills
  • Through tutoring support, increase the number of students who regularly complete and understand their homework

Long term expected results include:

  • Improved student performance in school
  • Students developing lifelong reading habits
  • Students gaining more self-esteem by having adult guidance
  • With tutor support, students learn lessons as opposed to simply memorizing them

why we love it:

Although the Children’s Library is a pilot project, it is based on several of SOL’s proven projects: our learning resource centers (LRCs). LRCs are a unique community space developed by SOL, which provide educational resources to community members of all ages. All five LRCs are located in low-income, under-resourced communities, where they are the only resource of their kind. The impact is huge; in 2014 alone, we received an estimated 33,000 visits from students, teachers, and community members.

The proposed Children’s Library is modeled after the success of our LRCs. The focus is on books and tutoring because this is the primary need in Matagalpa. In the urban area of Matagalpa there are more than 14 primary schools (public and private), yet none of them have libraries. There are two municipal libraries in town, but neither one has a children’s section. There are no dedicated bookstores in Matagalpa. Schools do not promote a culture of reading outside of their curriculum.

There are also no publicly available tutoring services, although there is a huge need. Many parents are not able to help their children with homework or to review their lessons (often due to lack of education themselves). It is also a very common occurrence for children to fail primary grades. This in turn affects future educational attainment. This year (2015) an extremely high percentage of students failed the entrance exams for entering the Universidad Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN-Managua). Out of 13,000 students who took entrance exams, only 8.76% passed in Math, and 24.5% passed in Language (Spanish).

The SOL Matagalpa Children’s Library will be the first resource of its kind in Matagalpa. It will fill a much-needed educational niche and help create a path towards improved educational attainment.

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