Wow, time flies… It’s already November! I can almost smell the turkey, see the Christmas lights and watch the ball drop. But we’re not quite done yet!
We’ve been blessed to be having a pretty busy year here at Beacon of Hope.
Thanks to your contributions, we have had a lot going with our usual initiatives and were able to help some new initiatives come to life as well.
Here’s a brief recap of all the exciting things that have taken place throughout the year…
Our Games for Change program in Colombia was benefited by…
- Repainting the sports complex and reinforcing the facilities in preparation for the rainy season and the flooding it brings
- New sports equipment was also donated. The kids couldn’t wait to kick around those new soccer balls!
- The sports complex’s makeover was celebrated with a re-opening event that featured soccer games and dance representations put together by the local schools. The event drew a large crowd from not only the schools, but the rest of the community as well
Also in Colombia…
- Over 300 sets of school supplies were provided to young students at a preschool and primary school that both neighbor the sports complex
- We hosted a fun-filled day at the pre-school that included story-telling and crafts led by a Pre-K teacher from the States. The children were also given children’s books, crayons, glue and other craft supplies to continue expressing their creativity and stimulating their young minds
- We’re providing Juan Carlos, whose smile you may remember, with goods essential to his health, hygiene and comfort as he continues pushing to recover from his delicate medical condition
Meanwhile, as part of our Climb for the Future program in Haiti…
- 2 new classrooms were built to house the 6th grade, which in addition to the 2 classrooms we built last year for the 5th grade, makes the school a full primary school with 250 kids!
- All the schoolchildren were also provided with the books and school supplies needed to kick off the school year on the right foot and be prepared for class
- A playground was also donated for the kids to enjoy and use to exercise. Want to make sure there are healthy bodies to accompany those bright minds
Our Happy Homes program in Nicaragua was expanded by…
- Having 10 latrines donated, rounding out the tail end of the initiative of having one outhouse for each of the program’s 25 homes. All new homes will include outhouses from the start
- We are in the midst of providing showers to all 25 homes to further promote good hygiene in a dignified way. All new homes donated through this program will also include showers
Our NEW educational initiative in Nicaragua is…
- A scholarship program available to students from the Happy Homes program. It provides full access to higher education by covering education-related expenses, including a stipend to help with other expenses, and incorporating a variety of empowerment workshops
- 2 of the students are in university studying engineering and nursing
- 3 of the students are enrolled in vocational training seeking computing certifications
- In addition to the scholarships, all school-going children from the 25 families received school supplies and all families participated in education-focused workshops
Thank you so much for your continued support that has made all of this possible. Please continue to support and join us on this beautiful journey. Stay tuned for what the rest of the year and next year have in store!