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A Call for Help: Tropical Storm Nate Relief

A Call for Help: Tropical Storm Nate Relief Mission

~ Tropical Storm Nate Relief Mission in the community of Tortuga 1 hour South of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

As Tropical Storm Nate made it’s appearance in San Juan del Sur on October 5, 2017 the rural community of Tortuga was not prepared for what was to come.

A nearby river – one that has never been a concern or danger – began to rise. And at approximately 3 am 61 families were forced to flee their homes.

All but one managed to escape.

Tragically a young woman was swept away in the rushing waters leaving behind her husband and her 7 year old son.

A Call for Help: Tropical Storm Nate Relief Mission

~ $93 USD covered the cost of a new bed and foam mattress for 7 year old Gredy whose Mom was swept away in the river. 

Tortuga is just one of many communities near us that has been devastated by Tropical Storm Nate. 

Currently thousands are without access to clean drinking water. Countless have been left with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Many areas are still without power.

With so many in need – the task to provide necessities and eventually rebuild – is overwhelming. We know we can’t help everyone. For now we will focus our relief efforts on the tiny – nearly forgotten – village of Tortuga.


On Sunday – with an assembly of others – we took part in our first relief mission.

An hour’s drive South of San Juan del Sur and a 1 kilometer walk – crossing the river several times – took us to our drop off point in the community of Tortuga.

Our group distributed drinking water, food, clothing, baby supplies and medicines.

What we saw as we walked through the village was heartbreaking.

Community wells are contaminated and need to be restored. Personal effects have been lost and need to be replaced. Homes have been destroyed and need to be rebuilt.


It’s going to take some time and resources to rebuild this community. We can’t do it on our own and hope you can help!

Any donation – whether it’s a little or a lot – will make a difference.

100% of the funds donated will be used to buy the following:

  • Additional food & baby supplies
  • Water filters
  • Foam mattresses & sleeping cots
  • Household items
  • Home building supplies

We will also use some of the funds to cover costs associated with well cleaning and restoration.

On behalf of the effected families of Tortuga thank you in advance for your support. We sincerely appreciate your help with rebuilding this community!

How can I make a real difference in Nicaragua?

Today we are super excited to tell you how a couple clicks of your mouse and $100 can make a substantial long term impact on a child, family and entire community here in Nicaragua.

$100 = 1 child’s tuition for an entire year

It is often said youth are the future. This is especially true in Nicaragua. 

We are at a cross roads with this generation. Until recently a child could focus on the family trade. Fishing or farming often put education on the back burner.

In the new Nicaragua the workforce is changing. Focus is on English speaking tourism, skilled labour, entrepreneurship, technical abilities in IT and university educated professions.

Nicaragua has high unemployment rates and maintains stunning levels of under employment. We live in a reality where only the best and brightest are really able to flourish.

I know! I know!

– A class in session at Escuela Adelante: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua (PHOTO CREDIT: Jessica Gildersleeve)


Program Destiny is a critical first step in helping San Juan del Sur youth ages 6 – 12 on the journey to a different Nicaragua.

It is a two year supplementary ESL (English as a Second Language) program that is taught through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) based learning.

Students of Program Destiny get exposure to university laboratories, organic farming operations and health servicesThey also regularly engage in Skype sessions with students in the United States who are studying Spanish.

Escuela Adelante students are not just taking a step forward for themselves, they are helping their family and community move ahead.


Tuition for Program Destiny is just $20 USD per month per student.

The parents of these students believe in the effectiveness and necessity for this education and therefore are happy to pay the $20 per month fee.

$20 may not seem like much, but jobs in Nicaragua are scarce. The majority of individuals that are actually employed are earning $200 (or less) per month.

While Nicaraguan families aspire to provide a better life for their children, many simply can’t afford any additional monthly expense beyond that of which they pay for food and shelter.

For this reason Escuela Adelante sets aside 20% of its enrolment capacity for families that just can’t manage to pay full tuition.

Escuela Adelante does not receive funding from government or non-government organizations. Funding comes primarily from student tuition.

Although they get support from Bring It Volleyball Tours (who generously provide the school’s workbooks) and local businesses AURIC clothing and Chicabrava women’s surf camp (who help cover some of the operational expenses) they still need help to fund these scholarships.

Escuela Adelante has successfully secured a matching grant for all scholarship fund donations received through this appeal!  This means a $100 donation, combined with the $100 match, actually pays for one student’s tuition for an entire year.

If our In Nica Now readers can raise $1650 we can fully fund the scholarship program for the 2015/2016 school year.

With the upcoming semester starting on September 16th time is of the essence.

We would love to have 17 people step forward and fund a student for the whole year, but we know $100 is a lot to ask.

No donation is too big or too small!  Every single dollar will help us reach our end goal and we sincerely appreciate any help you can give.

Donate now & make a meaningful, lasting impact on a child, family and community in San Juan del Sur!

On behalf of the students and staff at Escuela Adelante we thank you in advance for your kind support!

Level 3 Graduation Ceremony

– Program Destiny Level 3 Graduation Ceremony

Please note:  All donors who are either living in San Juan or plan to be visiting are invited to meet with co-founder and school director, Jaime Hunter. She can show you first hand what you’ve helped make possible.

To learn more about Escuela Adelante you can check out their Facebook page or visit their website at


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