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Our First Nicaraguan Newspaper Article.

January 28, 2008

SistersWe have all worked hard as a team of donors, volunteers, and local staff over the last 9 years with the goal of making a true and lasting difference in impoverished lives by investing in children’s education.

Today I can say we are definitely seeing the fruits of our labor emerge. The Nicaragua Press is recognizing this as well.

In December of 2007, for the first time, we had two of our students graduate from High School within our Nicaragua program. This is no small feat from the very impoverished country of Nicaragua, where only 50% of all children that enroll in first grade actually complete 6th grade.* Now these young ladies have found sponsors who will assist them to embark on the next level of success. They will be attending the University, one studying Computer Science, the other Tourism.

In return for the support, the two young ladies have started interning with EI part-time and are both loving it. Since this has been one of my personal long-term visions, to see our successful participants become active models and mentors to other program participants, I get chills as I write this.

Enjoy the article and thank you all for making this dream a reality. Little by little we all can be a part of the change in making our world a more educated, thus less impoverished place to live.

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Hope for Students in Granada

Noel Gallegos END – 19:44 – 07/01/2008

Lizbeth Hernandez and Margarita Arroliga are two young women who live in Villa Esperanza, a community situated to the north of of Granada. These Teenagers, like the rest of the people in this community, find themselves in a dire financial situation.

While they have lived on the impoverished streets of this heavily populated area, they never imagined in 2008 they would be able to sit at the desks of a university in their country.

The parents of these young ladies, with limited financial resources, until not long ago could hardly pay for the high school education, and only with a huge amount of sacrifice. However, thanks to the help offered to them by the organization Empowerment International, these two young women will be able to see their dreams become a reality.

This program’s endeavor is oriented toward the social aspect of the community and is led by North American woman, Kathy Adams. The organization is a non governmental, non-profit, organization. for several years, it has been dedicated to making schooling accessible to children of low income families who lack financial means in Villa Esperanza.

Noel Gallegos

END – 19:44 – 07/01/2008

Colaboración

Lizbeth Hernández y Margarita Arróliga son jovencitas habitantes de Villa Esperanza, comunidad ubicada al norte de Granada. Estas adolescentes, al igual que los demás pobladores de esta comunidad, están sumergidas en una precaria situación económica.

Mientras caminaban por las deterioradas calles de este populoso asentamiento, nunca imaginaron que en 2008 estarían sentadas en los pupitres de una universidad capitalina.

Pero, ¿cuál es el asunto aquí? A estas jovencitas de escasos recursos económicos, hasta hace poco, con mucho sacrificios, sus padres apenas podían costear sus estudios secundarios. Sin embargo, gracias a la ayuda brindada por la fundación Empowerment Internacional, las muchachas harán sus sueños realidad.

Este programa de perfil socio-comunitario es dirigido por la norteamericana Kathy Adams, y es sin fines de lucro y autosostenible. La fundación, que está dedicada a la atención escolar de niños de escasos recursos económicos, ha puesto su mirada en un proyecto por varios años en beneficio de los pequeños de Villa Esperanza.

In Nicaragua 50% of the kids that start 1st grade never make it to 5th grade. It is our goal to make this percentage drop significantly.

$30/month is what it takes us at Empowerment International to put a child in school. If you would like to help a child stay in school and get better life, please click on the link below or contact us

Donate at Change.org

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