It is the end of the school year and we are about to have our annual Christmas party down at Club Esperanza! The kids put together different dances and music performances, we invite all the parents, and we have a big meal together…it is always a great time and an awesome end to the school year! Celebrating Jesus’ birthday is the best party we have all year!!! (These are some pictures from last year’s fun.)
We want to make sure every student has a present, but when there are nearly 300 kids that bill can get really big really fast. So we are going to ask for help…your help 🙂
We would love to buy each child a $10 gift.
Maybe you can donate one, or two or ten? We have 287 students to shop for.
And we don’t want to leave out our incredible teachers and staff. They dedicate themselves to serving our kids all year long and many of them make big personal sacrifices to serve at Club Esperanza. It is a great group of people and we would like to do something special for each of them. So once we are able to raise enough funds for all of the kids, we want to raise funds for our teachers and staff’s Christmas gift.
We would love to buy a $30 gift certificate for each teacher and staff member.
There are 29 total faculty, staff and volunteers we would like to bless.
We hope you can help this year….and please keep our end of the year festivities in your prayers. It really is a special time that God uses to pour out blessings and joy on the children and families we serve at Club Esperanza!
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Thanks and God Bless!!! We’re pretty sure this is the best #BlackFriday #CyberMonday deal there is out there LOL!
Sincerely though, thank you so very much!
And hopefully we are the first to say…..Merry Christmas from Nicaragua!
This will have to be a post with very minimal pictures, or maybe I will add some of our awesome students and teachers at the end. But we are having some incredibly bad problems with our septic system and our city water bill at the School! We need to resolve this soon, maybe you can help?!?
SEPTIC: We have a major problem that when the city sewage system on the road backs up, all of the sewage backfills into Club Esperanza because we are lower than then everyone else. Well that has been happening frequently this past month and it is unbearable. We arrived for school and our check valves on the sewage line that prevents back flow had malfunctioned and the “agua negra” back filled into all the bathrooms, spilling out into the classrooms and office. We had to cancel classes two days because the city takes that long to respond. It is incredibly unsanitary and honestly disgusting. But our teachers are incredible and go into action cleaning to keep things from being worse. Photos – First is our school flooded and the massive two day sanitization and clean up. The second is our sewage registry box that is overflowing, raising that metal lid and seeking a solution was definitely something where I felt like I was on that show “Dirty Jobs”, only worse because on TV you can’t smell anything! The third photo below is our teachers and staff working out in front of the club where the manhole was backed up…this is work the city should be doing, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do! Many of the parents of our students came to help as well…they are equally frustrated with the city!
SOLUTION: We need to install and independent septic tank and leech system so that we can be off of the city sewage lines. It will have to be a huge tank because we have 300 people a day and a full kitchen serving two meals a day.
WATER ISSUE: These photos below may look like normal toilets. But what if I told you that these were causing our water bill to spike to $500 a month! That is what has happened. The water company sent us a bill that was INSANE, so for the past two months we have been fighting with them. We thought we might have a major leak under the foundation that was not visible or that someone was stealing water from us. It turns out that our toilets are so old that the kits went bad and they were leaking two gallons a minute. It was hard to narrow it down because of the city water being high pressure at night and low during the day. Worse yet the internal kits for the toilets are no longer available in Nicaragua. We need to get this resolved as well.
SOLUTION: It is pretty simple. We need to buy new toilets to replace the old ones. It will be an entire overhaul to the toilets of all of our bathrooms.
Please pray for us as we seek temporary solutions for these major problems!
If you can donate in any way towards this please do so here or use the buttons below…thank you for your support of Club Esperanza!
A very big thank you to our friends from Pennsylvania who came to the club to put together a dental clinic! There were huge efforts made to get the team into the country and not just be present but also be ready to do the best job they could. Dental care is an extra for most people in Nicaragua. It costs extra money that most don’t have, and it often loses priority to other health needs.
This team was an incredible blessing the neighborhood we serve at Club Esperanza! They came with excellence…it is often an easier solution to just pull a tooth. But this team didn’t want to pull teeth if they were able to save them. So, they made the extra efforts to have all the supplies and equipment to do fillings. That made this clinic top notch! It was a fun weekend too!
The relief brought by a dentist to someone’s life that is dealing with a bad tooth is probably worth a million bucks for that person. If you have ever had a tooth ache you know exactly what that is like. There was lots of relief this weekend!
I do want to add some funny comic relief here though. The end of the day is relief. But the moment you first sit in the dental chair….well that is not full of many smiles LOL! Pictures tell the story a little better….look at those faces!!!
We can’t wait to have you all back again at the club! Thank you again to the entire team from Hearts, Hands and Smiles!
If this post get your mind thinking about a way that you could help here in Nicaragua, we would love your help! Shoot us an email… firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thank you to everyone who helped us to purchase the wheelchair for Don Julio. He was very blessed to receive it. We have some photos down below but wanted to share another story about one of our student’s needs. Together we can keep making a difference in people’s lives in Nicaragua, here are some words from Sheyla about a little girl named Kathia (posted on our Facebook Page).
“Loving each other is what the Lord asks us to do. This is Kathia from our fifth grade school tutoring program. She is in recovery because she had surgery on her disabled arm to correct a birth defect. Now she needs a specialized splint for her arm to recover well, the cost is $ 140 dollars. You can be part of her and her family’s rehabilitation. Thank you for supporting and praying for Kathia!”
If you would like to help here is some info or click a familiar button below.
Your continued prayers are very much appreciated for Don Julio. We will continue to help him with his needs of Depends and Ensure. He recently had another bout with illness and had to be hospitalized. But his wheelchair continues to be a huge blessing towards his dignity and mobility…so thank you for that! And please keep praying for Don Julio!!!
Don Julio is the uncle of one of our students and a part of a family we have served at Club Esperanza for the last five years. He has a debilitating illness that has left him wheelchair bound. There is a dignity to being mobile and Don Julio has been suffering for months. He had to borrow a children’s wheelchair to come to a clinic at the Club last weekend. We would like to help buy him a wheelchair!!! Would you be willing to help? A new adult wheelchair will cost $250.
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Thank you so much for continuing to support Club Esperanza!!! Helping friends like Don Julio is something that we do under our program at the Club called “Juntos Para Inclusion” where we assist families that have members with disabilities and special needs. Teacher Henriette who herself is the mother of a son with special needs founded this program a few years ago. It has been a huge help to the families and we have even done some fun things like “Night to Shine” Prom a couple of years ago.
There have been some pretty awesome things that we have been able to accomplish with your help over the years. Jason who you see pictured with Teacher Henriette last year recently received a brand new sophisticated wheelchair that cost nearly $1,000. Just last year he was in a makeshift chair made from a pool chair (as you see in the picture), but now he has a high quality chair that makes life easier for both Jason and his mom! God has placed us here to serve, there are needs that present themselves daily, and together we are the Lord’s hands and feet to serve his children’s needs! Amen.
We have a number of monthly needs in the program as well. We serve a group of about 15 families and there are needs like diapers, formula, ensure, monthly meds, etc… If you would like to make a donation for any of the below items it would be awesome!
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Thank you! Please keep praying for God to move here in Nicaragua!!!
This past week was focused on the spiritual formation of all of the children the Lord has put into our hands at Club Esperanza. The Bible verse for the week was Colossians 1:16 “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him”. Even at their young ages we want to encourage all of them in the things of God. We want them to know they are created by God, they are loved by God, and that God has a special purpose for each of their lives.
Will you please join us in praying for all of them at least once a week. We want to see all of God’s good things in their lives…so we ASK God for that! Amen.
And it is lots of fun too….what is happening on the other side of that partition? 🙂
Another encouraging and fun thing that we hope to share more about as the year goes on is a new church plant happening at Club Esperanza. Roberto and Sheyla have had a burden for a while to start a church at the Club. Roberto completed Theological training over the past two years through New Jerusalem Church in Tampa. It is a church Roberto and Sheyla have had a relationship with since the days that we were still inside of La Chureca. They opened their Spanish language theological courses (Instituto Biblico Internacional) to Roberto and he completed his studies last year to earn his degree in advanced Theology “Titulo en Teologia Avanzada”!
At the beginning of this month “La Iglesia Hashem Adonai“ was planted at Club Esperanza. Their first meetings were actually pretty full as they converted the dining hall into a church. It was a great time of worship and inaugurating the church. Roberto was very encouraged, and just this last week over a hundred people came. I know Roberto’s heart is to share the Gospel with the people we serve and teach them what it means to be a follower of Jesus. He and Sheyla both have big pastoral hearts and they want to help lead the people who come into a deeper understanding of God.
Please also pray for this awesome new thing God is doing!
This year we are opening another level of Elementary school! Last year, many people helped us buy 2nd Grade desks, this year would you help us buy desks for the new 3rd Grade classroom? We need 35 desks in total. We are excited for the school year and to be able to offer another classroom for the families in our neighborhood. The classroom is almost fully remodeled, and now it is time to buy desks. As you can see in the video I took our kiddos to find out if they had enough desks at the metal shop…they did!
Each desk is $31 (I was wrong when I said 33 in the video)… Maybe you can buy one this year…or maybe buy two….or buy ten 🙂 We love your alls support!
School starts in two week…Praise Jesus!
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