When Pat started her work in Nicaragua, she met Maribel, a precocious 7-year old who wanted desperately to learn to sew. She could barely reach the pedal, but was a quick learner and an inspiration to the older women, who soon learned to sew, too. Because public schooling in their village ended in the third grade, Pat decided to sponsor Maribel’s education. Maribel, who had only aspired to complete third grade, went on to graduate from college.
Pat had friends who wanted to help, too, and soon matched a dozen sponsors with excited students. From there, the program grew and now makes a significant impact on the entire community.
With approximately 100 girls currently sponsored, we offer students the ability to attain an education without becoming dependent on foreign aid. Each student receives a monthly stipend that helps cover cost of living, allowing them to remain in school. Students have access to a lending library, community center, art classes, and computer lab. Academic success is supported by our staff psychologist, and students receive scholastic support from our full-time tutor.
Starting at less than $50 a month, you can send a child to school and help the whole family. Once you have committed yourself to this great cause, we work quickly to pair you with a needy student. We encourage you to communicate directly with your student via post. You may also visit and volunteer at our center in Nicaragua — meet your student, her family, and our community in Jinotega.
Making a Commitment
Individuals often wonder how they can possibly help such an overwhelming issue as global poverty. CdA offers you a chance to make the world a better place by providing the basic necessities of life to a needy child. Deciding to sponsor is a big step and your commitment makes a tremendous difference in the life of your student. Because of poor infrastructure and little means of production in-country, a good portion of items for sale in Nicaragua are imported from the United States. As you can imagine, the cost of living is very high. This is why sponsoring a student in Nicaragua, the second-poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, is more expensive than in many other parts of the world.
Your regular contributions provide your student with a monthly stipend that assures she is able to continue her education, as well as improves the living conditions of her entire family. Annual sponsorship also includes a holiday gift that we distribute in December; this money buys holiday presents for the entire family, as well as extra food. Sponsorships fall into two basic categories:
Primary/High School sponsorships – $578/year ($48.17/month)
University sponsorships start at $758/year ($63.17/month)
Payment schedules are flexible and we are happy to make your sponsorship as conveinent for you as possible.
We hope that you will consider taking the step to so-dramatically improve the life of a desperately poor child….
We have created a realistic set of expectations for our students that include (but are not limited to):
Maintaining passing grades. When grades start slipping, students are required to spend extra time with our resident tutor.
Delaying marriage and the start of a family.
Writing to their sponsors a minimum of 4 times per year.
Attending scheduled seminars regarding subjects such as domestic-violence prevention, family planning, and oral hygiene.
We want you to get the most from your sponsorship and we do our best to pair sponsors with students that have similar interests. We highly encourage you to communicate with your sponsored student through cards and letters. You are welcome to visit and volunteer at our center in Nicaragua — meet with your student, her family, and our community in Jinotega; accommodations available on premises. Find out more about staying at our Community Center.
What current sponsors say about their experience with CdA:
“Sponsoring Fatima has brought joy and love to me in so many ways that I never would have expected: from seeing the great work that CdA is doing in Jinotega to meeting and getting to know several of the students there. Fatima is now 21 — 2 years into a 5-year nursing degree. When she graduates, I plan to be there, knowing that my husband and I have helped in a small way change someone’s life for the better.” -Millie
How to Start Sponsoring
If you’d like to sponsor a student or have further questions, please fill out the form below. We will respond quickly with more information on how to start your sponsorship today!
Already a sponsor? See our Sponsor Information Page for more details.