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April 2018 – Los Cardones inaugurated in honour of the Grant family

Kids, parents and teachers gathered excitedly at Los Cardones School on April 19th to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony for their brand new classroom. This school was severely overcrowded, forcing the grade 5 and 6 students to take their classes on the open-air patio of their school, or in a community member’s borrowed house. The situation was very tenuous, and the children’s learning outcomes were being effected by the poor conditions.

Our Nicaraguan Director Ronald Chavarria thanked the community for the hard work and volunteers hours that they contributed to help us finish the school’s construction. He then signed conventions to give the school over to the Ministry of Education, and cut the ribbon on the new classroom. The kids wasted no time, streaming into the classroom to check it out for the first time!

This classroom was generously donated by Susan and Peter Grant, and built in honour of Peter’s parents James and Elsie Grant. The plaque on the classroom reads: “”In memory of James and Elsie Grant. ​They were born in England and emigrated to Canada with two boys. Their romance began on a ballroom floor and their love lasted for 72 years.” It is a moving tribute to a beloved couple.

Here are some photos from the inauguration day: