Peace Project Newsletter September and October 2017

The Peace Project Newsletter
September and October 2017

The Peace Project ended the summer with a new team of volunteers and staff excited to take a more holistic approach to sustainable development in the laguna! Our vision for the organization includes continuing the Becados Program and community English classes, while expanding to include youth empowerment and job skills training.

Young Divers Program
In August we launched the Young Divers Program to capacitate five Nicaraguan youth with the skills necessary for generating income in the tourism industry, as divers with an environmental conscious! Each participant receives diving courses and certification in Open Water, Rescue, First Aid, Photography, and Species Identification, as well as job training in the dive shop.They partake in weekly specialized English classes focused on hospitality, tourism, diving, and fish species. The program will have an environmental impact by having youth monitor the laguna’s ecosystem and its fish species.

Underwater
and Beach Clean-Up

We ended September with an underwater and beach clean-up. The Young Divers joined us, along with our dive shop, and volunteers for a day of fun and environmental learning. We walked away with bags of trash and enthusiasm for next month’s clean-up!

Girls Empowerment Group

We are gearing up to start a Girls Empowerment Group this month! The goal of our Girls Empowerment Group is to build a sense of self-worth and self-esteem in girls in the laguna and to support them in making smart and informed choices about health, education, family, and careers. Our motivation for the group comes from a desire to combat societal and systematic issues experienced by females in Nicaragua. Nicaragua has the second highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Latin America, a total ban on abortion, and rates of gender based violence that have risen in recent years. We aim to raise the awareness of girls about these issues which commonly impact them, as well as domestic violence, peer pressure, health, and sanitation.

Capacity Building
at Laura Vicuña

Teaching afterschool tutorials to our Becados has inspired us to have a greater impact at their school. The school currently has one English teacher that works in both the primary and secondary school- resulting in a weaker quality of education due to limited time and resources. To strengthen the English language program we are currently seeking applications for a Full Time English Teacher sponsored by The Peace Project. The chosen candidate will teach in the primary school and work alongside Laura Vicuña’s current English teacher in developing the annual curriculum, which will then be reinforced in our afterschool program. This effort strives to improve the quality of English language instruction at the school and expand our reach to students outside of the Becados program.

Interested in volunteering with us? Questions about making a donation?Please contact us at thepeaceprojectnicaragua@gmail.com!
The Peace Project Nicaragua

Our mailing address is:
El Proyecto de Paz, De los Ranchos, 100 metros al norte, Laguna de Apoyo 21532