The Barrio Planta Project (BPP) is an educational NGO in San Juan del Sur created to empower low-income children living in Nicaragua. They teach the kids English, dance and other creative arts to give the students exposure to enriching cultural activities. In fact our first encounter with the project was at the Pitaya Festival where the children put on a dance performance to grease. The BPP believes that through the creative arts and education students will find their voice locally, nationally and ultimately globally—and we couldn’t agree more. It’s an amazing project doing amazing things for these kids and we wanted to see if there was anything we could do to help their project.
We met with Jaime, the director of the program, and told her what we do and asked her if they could use any school supplies. Her mouth dropped as she looked at us in shock and said, “We were literally just trying to figure out how we were going to get all of the kids new notebooks. Everyone needs a new notebook for the new semester!” We smiled. Perfect. We grabbed our box of notebooks and pencils, brought along our new roomies E & Gord to join the fun, and went into each classroom to give every single kid at the afternoon session of BPP a brand new notebook and pencil to start off the new school semester right.
The kids were all so sweet and very smart. When we asked them what their favorite subject in school was, the majority of them said English. When we asked them what they wanted to be when they grow up, they had very specific answers like an energy engineer, an English teacher, a businesswoman, or (our favorite) an adventurer! These answers are a direct reflection of the amazingly positive effects BPP is having on these kids. The teachers are from all over the world, passionate, young, intelligent and fun–the perfect combination of a teacher and it shows in the children.
We came back the next morning to give to the rest of the kids of BPP in the morning session a notebook and pencil as well. They were just as cute, smart and grateful as the kids the day before. We had so much fun with them and immediately understood how special of a place this was. We were honored to be able to give back to it and told Jaime that we wanted to continue this tradition of new notebooks and pencils for the kids each new semester.
We have seen first hand the huge impact this after-school program is making on the kids who attend and it was so inspiring for us to see. If you’re ever in San Juan del Sur, you should check out the wonderful program across from the beach and see for yourself the beautiful things they are doing for the children of Nicaragua. It will inspire you, make you smile and give you confidence for the future generation of this country. It’s a great place filled with great people and great kids.
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