I have been on the Carribe Coast of Nicaragua for a little over 3 weeks now, working again in the community of Haulover.My focus is teaching children to read and I have begun my work in the classrooms of two wonderful teachers, Marlett and Lolita. These two teachers have roughly 45 students combined. After my first week I was able to evaluate each student individually, and it became quite clear that there was a real problem with literacy, however I feel very confident that with some time these students will be reading in no time.Books are hard to come by, but highly appreciated and I could never get tired of my students coming to my house asking to borrow one. This community of 3,000 people are indigenous inhabitants who speak a variety of languages, which adds to the problem of learning to read just one. Most people of Haulover speak English Creole, which is not a written language and others Miskito, another non-written indigenous language to this area. The people are fisherman and live off of the land they work. Corn, breadfruit, plantains and seafood is abundant along with other jungle vegetables and fruit bearing trees. The people are familiar with their lands and the things that they share that land with, however they are many obstacles to hurdle still.
Haulover is located in the RAAS region of Nicaragua, and autonomous, self governing part of the country. It is very secluded by the jungle and winding rivers and it shows with the non-exsistant help from the many NGOs that are found on the Spanish-speaking side of the country.
By investing my time in the community here makes a significant impact. To see how my time has already brought change to the children here makes me feel like with more time we could see a lasting difference. If you are able we are looking for five people to become sustaining monthly donors to help Jaime and I continue our work with the children of Nicaragua. A monthly donation of $10-20 can bring more books, teaching tools and trainings to struggling teachers we work with.Donations are now tax-deductible since Future Roots Project has become a 501c3 non-profit organization and your help is important to keep our project sustainable. Please continue to visit our website to get updates, share our work with family & friends, and do not be shy to contact us with any questions you might have.
Thank you again for all of the support, it truly changes lives!