Brett #7 School in Nicaragua
SchoolBOX is thrilled to partner with the Brett Bentley Crawford Foundation to build the Brett #7 School in the community of Las Noventas, in Chinandega, Nicaragua in spring 2018. The children of Las Noventas did not have any school in their community until a teacher named Gema Picado began teaching there with a small salary paid by the Ministry of Education. With no available building to teach in, the community banded together to build a wooden rancho with a sheet metal roof that would serve as the school. The tiny school has grown so much that 71 children now attend classes there, forcing three teachers to share one whiteboard and the few chairs they have among all of the children. The community is resilient, and full of hope that with a new school their children will have a fighting chance at breaking the cycle of poverty.
Brett #7 School Build
2 Classroom Construction (with electrical system)
Classroom Tools (Desks, Chairs, Whiteboard)
Total Project Cost: $37,500 USD
For more information on the project, please click below to view the project proposal:
In 2012, Brett’s School in Managua was completed. It provides a permanent home for the Jezreel School which began under a tree 8 years ago in the La Primavera community in Managua, Nicaragua. This amazing school, which had not received funding from the Nicaraguan government, managed to operate based on the sheer faith and determination of its teachers. Over the course of its short history the school was forced to move locations 7 times as it could not afford the rent which was as little as $30 a month.
Brett’s School provides an opportunity for hundreds of children to learn how to read and write. The 9 classrooms and 6 washrooms facility was named in memory of Brett Bentley Crawford who was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 19. Brett was a close personal friend of SchoolBOX Founder, Tom Affleck.
Brett’s friends and family were so moved by the community in Jezreel, that they decided to raise money to build a second school. In 2013, the Brett Bentley Crawford #2 School was completed in Tipitapa. The 4 classroom, 3 washroom structure empowers over 244 children to get a basic education.
In 2014, the 3rd Brett School, located in the community of Jardines de Apoyo, in Masaya was completed. The 4 classroom school also has 4 washrooms, a sports area, and water fountains.
In 2015, the 4th Brett School was completed in the Bella Cruz in Ciudad Sandino, just outside of Nicaragua’s capital. The 6 classroom structure empowers hundreds of primary and secondary level students to get a basic education.
In 2016, SchoolBOX worked hand in hand with the Brett Bentley Crawford Foundation to build the Brett #5 School. Located in Masaya, the school began when Mirna Martinez, a community mother, began teaching children in her home who were too small to walk the long distance to the nearest school. Mirna Martinez then donated her own land to the Ministry of Education so that SchoolBOX and the BBC Foundation could build a brand new school with 2 classrooms and washrooms with running water.
In 2017, the BBC Foundation completed their sixth project with SchoolBOX at Josefa Toledo School. The school, named after a famous Nicaragua feminist and activist for women’s education, was run down and overcrowded forcing the 5th and 6th graders to learn outside under trees. The three new classrooms at this school, completed in October 2017, will leave a lasting legacy in their community.
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For more information regarding the Brett #2 School, please click here
For more information regarding the Brett #3 School, please click here
For more information regarding the Brett #4 School, please click here
For more information regarding the Brett #5 School, please click here
For more information regarding the Brett #6 School, please click here
For more information regarding the Brett Bentley Crawford Foundation, please click here.
Check out this video of the Brett #5 School, completed in September 2016:
Watch as the Crawford Family visits Nicaragua to lay the ceremonial first blocks at the Brett #5 School:
Check out this video about the Brett #4 School:
Check out this video about the Crawford Family’s trip to Nicaragua in 2014 featuring the Brett #2 and #3 School:
Check out the SchoolBOX Documentary featuring the Brett #1 School: