We are excited to have received a generous donation of 10 Kindle e-readers to accompany our other 4 Kindles. This creates so many more opportunities for our kids. E-readers have many advantages over physical media for us.
Books are expensive in Nicaragua, and there are many free, or highly discounted, Spanish books available
- Kids can now all read the same text at the same time in our reading groups (we hope to soon also bring the Kindles once a week to our small rural school in Santa Ana for the teachers to use).
- Reading from electronic tablet-like devices is fun for kids and even more of a novelty than books, making it fun to read.
Thank you Jonna and Fraser Stanley Jones for making this happen!
Note: If you have a Kindle you are no longer using or would like to donate a new one as Jonna and Fraser did, you can mail them to Empowerment International, PO Box 1215, Lyons, CO 80540.
Simple things like a backpack full of school supplies can really make our kids day! A small part of our program involves giving kids their school supplies and uniforms/shoes each year.
Over the years we have learned the importance of parental involvement and buy in to move the children’s education forward. Thus we turned our parent meetings into a “Parent School”. Here they are given different perspectives on how they can parent differently. After many years in the community of Villa Esperanza they have proven to learn a lot and during the exercises they participate with unprecedented enthusiasm and wisdom. It won’t be long before they can teach our less development communities.
Many of you who have been here over the years know Melki. He was with us for 8 years. He is a talented photographer, cyclist, soccer player, always number one in his class. Everything Melki does he does well. The amazing thing is he always remained humble and good natured. Sadly, a year ago, his father took him out of the program for various reasons. He was forced to finish school during Saturdays and work during the week at a local bakery, yet true to Melki’s character, he finished and finished on top. He graduated #1 in his class and this gives him a lot of opportunity for scholarships. Congratulations Melki! We know you will continue to move forward with your determination, perseverance and dedication. In our hearts you are always part of the EI family! Photo by Armando.