Education Plus – February Newsletter

Above: Education Plus students with their 2017 Christmas present and backpacks and thank you cards
Dear friends and family,Happy 2018!  Our community center Casa de los Sueños opened on January 8, 2018 after a two-week holiday break to welcome 254 Education Plus students.  Thanks to your child sponsorships, this included 14 children off of our waitlist!

In Christmas recap, thanks to your incredible generosity, 236 children were sponsored, nearly 50 more than last year.  The students were overjoyed to receive their school supply and food laden backpacks – the only hitch we had that day was that the backpacks were so full some of the smaller kids couldn’t lift theirs! 

This year’s Christmas party was also our biggest ever. An hour before the party was scheduled to start on December 25 there were already about 100 kids waiting eagerly to enter.  With the help of staff, a party company, and almost 20 volunteers, we had music, piñatas, two large bounce houses, a sumo ring, a station for pizza and drinks, and two separate stations for popcorn and cotton candy. The highlight for most kids was definitely the sumo ring, it was occupied the entire afternoon, and the students really got into it, fighting one another… in a safe and controlled space, of course :D! Toward the end of the party, our Dance Club presented two Christmas dances along with hip hop and folklore dances, which was a special opportunity for the students to perform for the public.

To view more photos of the party, click on the photo collage below:

We thank everyone who helped make this past Christmas the best ever for the children.  Once walking around Pantanal on Christmas meant seeing children sitting at home listlessly doing nothing, receiving nothing, and often eating nothing.  Now it means hundreds of children and their families enjoying fun, full bellies, and the knowledge that they have everything they need for school.  Now this, I thought, was a true Christmas miracle.

With gratitude,

Monica, Jim, and the team and children of Education Plus

Monica Loveley
Executive Director
Education Plus Nicaragua

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