TIME TO GIVE BACK
Making a difference in the lives of the Nicaraguans that helped us create Orquidea del Sur is very important. Our relationship with the local community goes beyond simply creating employment opportunities. We involve ourselves where needed and help through existing channels, creating new projects for us and others to make a difference.
One of our community based projects are assisting local schools. There are several in the immediate area that we are helping achieve higher educational standards and improve their infrastructure. We have been very impressed with the children's dedication, as some walk significant distances to attend each day. Teaching is difficult for the teachers who are very motivated, despite the low pay. There are almost no books, no games and they are all very thankful for the much needed school supplies like books, pencils and other learning materials.
Students Sanding Green Board before Painting
We employ several students to help offset their bus fares to San Juan del Sur each day. All our art work, inside and out, is done by Nicaraguans and we have assisted local crafts people to set up their own studio.
Recently, we were able to purchase school outfits and shoes, back packs and supplies for several students in the nearby village from donations made by our clients. It was a real treat to see the smiles on their faces as they went to school with the spider man backpack... thanks to our clients.
We are also helping a small library that has been built, by a fellow Canadian, in Tortuga, a small village South of Orquidea. The building is ready, the librarian is there, but the shelves are bare.
We have organized a number of guest volunteer activities for people of all ages. Come and let your children make a difference during your family vacation. We have had guests bring clothes and other needed items to distribute to our local community.
If you would like to help, please bring learning materials and books (preferably in Spanish) and we will be happy to take you to the facilities so you can make the donation personally; or let us know how you might want to assist by emailing us at