3-Year Preventative Dental Pilot
We are partnering with NYU School of Dentistry Global Outreach & Colgate to implement a 3-year pilot with 2,000 students in 4 schools with the goal of scaling an effective model that reduces tooth decay. (2015-2019)
After School Computer LIteracy and Robotics Programs
We are partnering with CommunityBots and Saint Joseph Academy to launch an after-school robotics program for girls and computer literacy for 5th and 6th graders. The computer program launched Dec. 2018 and Robotics starts July 2019.
Digital Literacy Classes at
Despite the political and financial crisis, we were able to move forward with digital literacy classes at Carlos Bravo. We piloted the first class during school vacation (Dec. 2018 - Feb. 2019) and then added a 2nd class at the start of the school year. We now have 35 students enrolled in the 120 course which takes place before school. It is one of the first of its kind in Nicaraguan public schools. The teachers were excited about the program, and asked to be trained as well. We are now holding 2 hour sessions twice a week for 17 primary school teachers. We will add classes with additional funding and computers. (2018 and ongoing).
PreK Classroom & Bathroom
We constructed a PreK Classroom and adjoining bath to accommodate the growing need for PreK education. (2016-2017)
Via generous monthly donations, the main office has internet and phone, computers, portable PA system, and a high speed printer and has been able to increase productivity significantly. (Ongoing)
We hooked up Margarita Urbina's water tan and repaired the water system coming in form the street (2018)
We repaired bathroom water system and replaced all toilets at Margarita Urbina (2018)
See the interview at the clinic with Hector & Dr. Yakir Arteaga on Channel 2, Nicaragua
Free Annual Dental Clinic
We partner with NYU Dental College Global Outreach to offer a free dental clinic every year that treats more than 350 adults and children. (2015-2019)
Free Permanent Dental Clinic
3 full dental units are now in storage and we are fundraising to build out a permanent space at Carlos Bravo for a permanent free clinic. (2015- ongoing)
Books, Paper, School Supplies
We have donated more than 4,000 books to the library and continue to bring in books and school supplies in luggage or in the bi-annual container shipped by PeaceWorks. (Ongoing)
On ongoing project, we replaced the wood fire pi with a propane-fueled stove, large propane tank and renovated the kitchen which feeds more than 900 students every day. (2013 - ongoing). We cover the cost of monthly propane deliveries.
Playground Renovation: Study Islands
The playground has been transformed by adding 8 islands housing beautiful shades trees to protect students from the sun when eating or working. (2015)
Playground Renovation: Soccer goals and uniforms
Piles of metal scrap were removed and new soccer goals were built and equipped with nets. Fold-A-Goal donated 10 sets of team uniforms. (2014)
Our first big project, the library was extended by 50% - providing more space for books, reading sessions, and special projects. (2010)
Water System and Fountains
Our 2nd big undertaking was to install a water system for 4 bathrooms as well as 12 water fountains. The school had been collecting rain water in large barrels to use in the the bathrooms and had no running drinking water. (2010)
Water Filtration: Las Isletas
Portable water filtration systems address bacterial contamination at schools on Las Isletas. (2013-2014)
Water Filtration: Granada
We are installing high-volume water purification units in the Granada mainland schools and classrooms. (2017-ongoing)
We repaired and primed the 20 ft.wall looking over the playground. Leslie Warren and Jairo Sandino with help from Linda McCrary, Nancy Bergman and Amy Bushnell created an incredible mural showing the water ecosystem in Nicaragua. (2016)
Leslie and Jairo's murals on the front of Carlos Bravo are iconic - but fading. We need a donation of paint suitable for murals and $800 to pay the muralist to restore them.