6046 Gilbert Way, Golden Colorado, USA
We offer a series of community-based, holistic educational programs to children and their families in two extremely impoverished communities in Nicaragua. This is done through daily home visits where parents are encouraged to send their kids to school and are mentored on how to enhance their children’s education.
Also during these visits, counseling and emotional support are provided to help them find solutions to barriers, physical or otherwise, that prevent children from attending school.
EI provides mandatory uniforms, shoes, backpacks and supplies, tuition (secondary school), transportation for rural high school students, medical care, parenting programs (how to be more effective and supportive parents), enrichment activities, and counseling both individually and in groups.
Since 2009 EI has achieved a school retention rate of over 96% within the program participants from the two communities we work. As of 2012 over 87% of all school age children are now in school in EI’s first community, up from 55% in 2003!