Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Nicaragua Mission 2017 - Part 1, Granada


 Nicaragua Mission Trip 2017 is complete! 

We had a wonderful visit and mission exchange with our friends at El Porvenir.  I'll be posting photos and info from our trip in parts over the next several weeks so check back for more! 
Also, for some background and more info on our partnership with El Porvenir please check out the June edition of the church's newsletter, Sixth Sense.

The mission team: Our group of six included David Rothenberg, Sara Berg, and Jenny Newman (that's me!) from Sixth Presbyterian Church.  Also along for the journey were Jennifer Novelli, Executive Director of Building New Hope, and her son, Alessandro.  Mark Swift, a member of First Presbyterian Church in Washington, Pa., also was along for the adventure. We were excited to be joined by Building New Hope board member Therese Tardio during our time at El Porvenir. 


Nicaragua Mission Trip 2017: Part 1, Granada 


 
Our first full day in Nicaragua was spent in the colonial city of Granada.  We visited the teachers and students of two educational programs supported by Building New Hope.
In addition to purchasing, roasting, and selling coffee locally from El Porvenir, our friends at BNH support two supplemental learning projects that serve approximately 150 students living in low-income neighborhoods in Granada and staffs local educators.  The organization provides scholarships each year for students to attend high school.  We visited the classrooms of Escuelita Yo Puedo and Quinta Los Chavalos and learned about how the educational system works in Nicaragua and the great need for supplemental learning programs for students.  We concluded our day by visiting sites in Granada including the historic town square, Granada Cathedral, the San Fransico Convent, and the Isletas de Granda.  


David at Escuelita Yo Puedo

Teaching and sharing with the students of Escuelita Yo Puedo about Pittssburgh



David and Alessandro in the court yard outside the classroom

Our group with the teachers of Escuelita Yo Puedo.


Quinta Los Chavalos 
Students learning how to make bracelets at Quinta Los Chavalos 


Visiting with the teachers and students of Quinta Los Chavalos 





Grananda Cathedral





San Fransico Convent and Museum



Boat tour around the Isletas de Granada












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