Evaristo Cano and Dr. Irela Diaz realized the children in a poor neighborhood of Managua desperately needed a school of their own. So they built them one – a section at a time. A few years later the enrollment in the school is over 300 students.
Evarsito quit his job to oversee the school and become a teacher himself. Dr. Irela teaches classes when she is not seeing patients at a health clinic in a rural community outside of Managua. Dr. Irela also takes care of sick students – and other members of the community – in a makeshift exam room at the school.
The couple ask for a monthly donation from the families whose children attend the school – if they can afford it. If they can’t, the children are welcome anyway. The six teachers are paid as much as can be managed. Often the donations from the neighborhood do not cover the teacher’s salaries and other expenses. Evarsto and Dr. Irela often cover the gap themselves.
Ellie took the opportunity to help teach one of the classes english – while speaking spanish!
The next two images were taken from the road outside of the school walls.
The next set of images are of the school children themselves. I took dozens of photos because, after their shyness wore off, everyone wanted to get their picture taken and see the results on the camera screen. Here are a few of my favorites.
MY WEEK IN NICARAGUA SURE HAS GIVEN ME A LOT TO THINK ABOUT!