Since our humble beginnings in 2006, SchoolBOX has built 99 classrooms, reconstructed 7 classrooms, and built 57 washrooms. We will complete our 100th classroom in 2018!
The reality in Nicaragua is that most schools in rural areas and poorer urban neighborhoods rely on parents to maintain and replace aging infrastructure and do school repairs. With over 39.1% of the population in Nicaragua living on less than $2 per day, the repercussions of this system are obvious (World Bank, 2005).
SchoolBOX works with partner communities to provide the following:
1) Complete Classrooms: SchoolBOX works with the Ministry of Education, municipal governments, community volunteers, international volunteers, and other organizations to build complete classrooms for communities in need. SchoolBOX is involved in every aspect of the construction, from prospecting and working with the Ministry of Education on paperwork, to the physical labour involved in construction. Our construction team builds new classroom year-round, so visit our projects page to learn more about what’s under construction today!
2) Washrooms: Clean washroom facilities can be a big problem for students in Central America. Often children are forced to go to the washroom outside during classes, use the facilities of neighbours, or use broken down facilities within their existing schools. SchoolBOX works to build new dry washroom and wet washroom facilities for their partner schools. This increases the level of hygiene and dignity for students and teachers.
Before and After shots of bathroom facilities of the Sagrado Corazon de Jesus School.
Check out our photo slideshow of the completed classrooms within the Builds Program:
SchoolBOX Founder Tom Affleck tours the completed Brett #5 School:
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