Nicaragua | Talchocote [2012]

Chague Public School, Nicaragua

Project fully funded.

We are happy to announce that our current project will be taking place in Central America. We will be contributing one classroom to a new four classroom building that will help change the lives of many.

Located in North West Nicaragua, the community of Talchocote is in need of a new school block for their Chague Public School. Classes are currently held in a three classroom building that was constructed 55 years ago by the Nicaraguan Government. Enrollment has increased dramatically in recent years but the actual building is in very poor condition.

The school needs to be completely rebuilt and expanded to meet the needs of 137 students and 4 teachers. A new school facility will ensure that all students are able to study in a safe and secure environment.

The current Chague #2 School building does not provide sufficient shelter from the sun or the rain. The leaks in the roof lead to large puddles on the schools floors and disrupt classes. Furthermore, the structural integrity of the building is not sound which leaves the school and its students vulnerable to earthquakes.

The construction of a 3 school block has already been funded (but not yet started) by our partner, SchoolBOX. However, in order to accommodate the ever-increasing enrollment in this school, an additional classroom is required. In addition to the school itself, the need for a safe washroom is also clear. In addition to the classroom, 2 latrines (1 boys, 1 girls) will also be constructed for the children.

The new school will result in more students staying in school and more parents sending their children to study.

About the community
Talchocote is a rural agricultural community located on the outskirts of Leon, Nicaragua’s 2nd largest city. There are approximately 915 people and 105 families living in the community. Residents work as subsistence farmers, labourers, market vendors and increasingly as brick makers. The community is impoverished and parents find it difficult to pay for basic school supplies for their children.