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A smile says more than a 1000 words

A smile says more than a thousand words - I literally experienced that every day during my time working with La Esperanza Granada. Even though teaching was tough sometimes and it was hard keeping the kids under control, I always came home with a happy face on. Once the kids realize that you like working with them, they will give you so much in return.

It feels really good to know that you can actually change something in those little people's lives and you can see them appreciate it. Every day my students would say 'Hola' and 'Adiós' to me with a hug and a big smile on their faces. This picture really stays in my memory.

Chrissi - Germany

Eva talks about her experience

My experience working with the kids at José de la Cruz Mena has been rewarding but also sometimes a struggle. First, I had to get to know the children, see what they already knew and what not. Some of the second graders couldn't read a short sentence in a book because they didn't know the difference between the capital and the lower case letters. So I practically had to start by teaching them the alphabet and go on from there.

Building a relationship and getting to know the kids better helped a lot to know how to keep them interested and motivated. Playing games, doing puzzles or coloring was fun for the kids and for me too. By doing this, they were improving their practical skills without even knowing. And they improved a lot! Some children need to be encouraged more than others but once you see the smile on their faces when they realize that they can do it, it's a great feeling.

Never stop encouraging and supporting the kids, even if work might be hard and exhausting som…

Vacation classes


How time flies.....

How time flies - doing updates on our website and see that we haven't written a blog since July last year.  So many things to remember, update our volunteer listings websites, keep up postings on Facebook, write a monthly newsletter, keep in touch with donors, keep in touch with sponsors etc. etc. etc.  However rest assured, we may have fallen behind on the blogging, but we haven't fallen behind on our main goal - helping improve the future for the children through education.

Here in Nicaragua life does run at a different pace.  We have so many volunteers who come, and so many who go, sometimes it is difficult to maintain the continuity of all we are trying to do.

But the continuity of working with the children is not lost.  It is right up there at the top of our page every day.  I have a note on my screensaver that I see each morning when I turn on the computer:
When a child learns to recognize the significance of letters and numbers, a gateway to the whole world opens up for …