We had made the move back to our beloved beach town of San Juan del Sur to work with an organization that we had connected with when we first moved here: The San Juan del Sur Library (as see on our House Hunters episode!). The San Juan del Sur Library is a wonderful NGO, started by an awesome woman from Colorado, that provides students with a safe place to study, do their homework, read and learn English after-school and on the weekends.
They also have a Mobile Library project where three days a week, every week, the library goes out to schools all over southern Nicaragua and acts as a public library where they can borrow used books. We had volunteered with their Mobile Library project last year and saw first-hand the huge impact they were on the community & their education. It was beautiful and we could not wait to be a part of it.
Back then, we were in the very beginning stages of researching and figuring out what items were needed the most here in Nicaraguan education. Since then, the Mobile Library, along with the other various NGOs we have worked with since we moved here, taught us that things as simple as school supplies or books were in serious demand and can make the world of a difference in a kids life down here. Now that our store was open and we were getting new customers daily, we were excited to give out a mass amount of school supplies!
We met with the founder, Jane, and talked to her about how we could work together to get school supplies and/or books in the hands of the kids who go to the schools that their Mobile Library project goes to. She was of course so excited and eager to work together. She explained that the Mobile Project was on pause for a period of time while they focused on fixing up the local schools that needed some serious help.
We completely understood and asked if we could help out and give school supplies to the school that they were going to go fix up. We were all very excited to work together and learn more about the school systems, the kids, the community and how else we could make a difference here.
To learn more about the Library in San Juan del Sur, check out their site: http://www.sjdsbiblioteca.org/.
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