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Gratitude Coordinator. Sabrina has been a part of the Amigos story since it began, and she is truly grateful that she is able to tell the story of impact to our family with photographs, videos, stories, and art. Though trained as a nurse, she believes her work now is the same- she can bring healing and hope into people’s lives by allowing them to see their involvement in Amigos as God does – with deep joy that they are bringing about the Kingdom here and now for families in Nicaragua.

A Dream Come True

In the Nicaraguan community of San Marcos, primary school teacher, Marisela Ordoñez, proudly looks out at her on this special day. The school’s classrooms are decorated with ribbons and balloons, and the entire community is gathered to celebrate the school’s inauguration.

Construction of the Model School began in June 2016, but before that the school operated out of an abandoned house, a structure made of sticks and plastic tarps. The school was inadequate and could not protect its students from the extreme Nicaraguan heat or torrential downpours. 

The students did not have chairs or desks and the teachers had very few resources to facilitate learning. The fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students traveled several kilometers on hazardous roads to a different school because there was not enough room for them in the cramped house. Altogether, these conditions made for poor attendance and distracted, unengaged students.

In the face of these realities a dream was born: a beautiful school in a place where it was desperately needed. Now, the San Marcos primary school is complete. With four classrooms, a cafeteria, and a teacher workspace, the school is big enough to hold the hopes of dozens of students from preschool to sixth grade. The community of San Marcos now boasts a 100 percent school attendance rate. The walls within the classrooms are covered with decorations and learning aids.

“I think of what we had before and there’s no comparison, my students are in this place now where it’s beautiful and where they love to learn.”

Marisela Ordoñez
For the community of San Marcos, it’s a dream come true: invested teachers, engaged students, and a place to learn – all under a sturdy roof.
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