In 2011, IAPW funded the construction of two schools in rural Nicaragua. The first is in the small community of Dulce Nombre, located 105km from the capital, Managua. The second school is located in El Coyolar, 90km from Managua. Hosting over 200 students in total, these schools provide educational resources to children in a country where only 50% of children complete primary school.
in life expectancy, literacy, education and standard of living amongst all the countries in the Americas
of children in Nicaragua currently complete primary school
Dulce Nombre, Nicaragua
Dulce Nombre is a small community of only 26 houses located in the department of Jinotega. This community is about 105 km from the capital, Managua, and has approximately 200 residents. Fidel Blandon and his wife Gabriela Meza founded Dulce Nombre before the Nicaraguan revolution. The current elected community leader is Danilo Blandon Lagos. Most residents of Dulce Nombre are farmers who grow some combination of coffee, bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, onions, corn and beans. The climate is tropical, with a warm dry season and a cooler rainy season each year. There is no electricity or running water in Dulce Nombre, and the closest medical clinic is 3 km away in a small town called La Rica.
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El Coyolar, Nicaragua
El Coyolar, also in Jinotega, has a population of approximately 350 people. It was founded in the 1970s by Francisco Rugama- he donated the land for the existing school and a baseball field- along with Santiago Cornejo, Ramon Rodriquez and Antonio Cornejo. The current elected leader of the community is Santos Pineda Blandon. El Coyolar is 90 km from Managua and 6 km from the closest town, San Sebastian de Yali. The road from El Coyolar to Yali is good enough to allow for public bus service to operate between the community and town on a regular basis. There is also a river just 500 meters from the school site. The farmers of El Coyolar make their living by growing coffee, tomatoes, potatoes, corn and beans. April is the hottest summer month and October is the coolest and rainiest of the winter season.
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