85% of our total operating expenses fund programs for children. So the majority of your dollars go toward exactly what you intended - supporting children in poverty.
Nicaragua – in Central America – has a long history of foreign intervention and dictatorships that limited the country’s development. A revolution in 1979 brought some changes, but the country – while not lacking in natural resources – is a small fish in a big sea among powerful economic players. The Nicaraguan government has invested more on education and public health, but overall resources are limited. The primary work in the area DCI and New Haven/León Sister City Project are supporting is on a sugar cane plantation, which pays about $1000 US/year.
DCI is partnering with New Haven/León Sister City Project to expand support for preschool education to the rural community of Troilo. The support will focus on teacher training, parent involvement and providing educational resources necessary at this critical developmental age. Similar work in Goyena has resulted in increased parent involvement in education support, increased attendance, better nutrition, and children better prepared for 1st grade.
The primary work of the NHLSCP in León is to support community organization initiatives in the rural community of Goyena (12 km outside León), and to facilitate programs and projects that supplement the efforts of the formal education system.
This work includes:
New Haven/Leon Sister City Project (NHLSCP)
NHLSCP is a 30 year old bi-national organization with offices in León, Nicaragua and New Haven, Connecticut. The organization was invited to Goyena eight years ago to help the community recover from Hurricane Mitch (1998).