Shirley Case #2 School (29th, 30th, 31st, 32nd classrooms):
Completion Date: August 2012
Community: Provedencia – Roger Deshon Community
Region: Leon, Nicaragua
# of students: 160
# of teachers: 5
# of classrooms built: 4 (including Laurie’s Library)
# of washrooms: 4
The Need: The Roger Deshon Community in Leon is on the outskirts of the city. It is impoverished economically. Most families earn less than $1000 a year, and have on average over 5 children. They struggle to meet the basic needs of everyday life. The school was housed out of two buildings that were in poor condition, and not owned by the Nicarguan Ministry of Education. They were in danger of being evicted at a moments notice. With over a 50% dropout rate, the community desperately needed a new school.
Stories from the build: Construction of the school started in February of 2012. The community provided a large number of volunteers daily during the construction. One of the leaders within the community, Guillermo even provided his house across the street from the school to shelter the volunteers from the sun, and as a makeshift lunch room. The Shirley Case #2 School saw over 50 international volunteers empower the community. A large number of Shirley Case’s friends and family had the opportunity to get their hands dirty and construct the school. The municipality of Leon was kind enough to offer a large amount of the rocks, dirt and sand that was used during the construction, which helped lower the construction costs.
The Finished Product: SchoolBOX completed the 4 classroom/3 washroom school in August 2012. The school also contained Laurie’s Library – which included over 250 books, 2 weather proof bookcases, two large tables, ten chairs, and an entire day of teacher training. The school featured a large number of water fountains for the students to enjoy, and also featured 4 play structure activities (2 see saws, a 2 large slides) The entire community, including students and teachers were thrilled with their new school. All of the community attended the inuguration on an especially rainy day. The inauguration was also attended by members of the media, other non-profit organisations, and the entire SchoolBOX team in Nicaragua.
Shirley Case #2 School Before
Shirley Case #2 School After
The Aftermath: SchoolBOX was proud to hand out educational packages to the students at the Shirley Case #2 School in 2012, and will continue to do so in the future. SchoolBOX will continue to evaluate the school’s needs to determine what requirements they have in the future.