By Gea Schmid
I’m Gea Schmid. I live in a rural community in Northern Nicaragua with my husband and 2-year-old daughter. We are a one-hour drive from the closest urban town with grocery stores and adequate schools. Our community is in great need of quality education for all ages. This Learning Center will benefit the local Nicaraguans who desire English classes, foreign visitors/residents who want to learn Spanish and families who want to provide an adequate education for their young children.
Due to the current political crisis in Nicaragua, one of the housing developments in our community, called Azul, has seen a dramatic decline in activity. What was a lively and promising development is now a neglected space with a quickly-decaying yoga platform. This vacant building has great potential to be transformed into a Learning Center offering superior education to empower and educate our community in need.
I am organizing this campaign to raise money to fund a Learning Center for the community. The initial funds raised will be used to convert the building from a yoga platform into a proper classroom setting. The majority of the funds will be used to pay the qualified teachers we hire to work in the center. By employing a well-educated staff we can improve the quality of life in our community. I will withdrawal the funds as needed for the various expenses itemized below.
During the first year of operation, I will lead monthly advisory board meetings to monitor the interest and progress of the Learning Center. The goal for the future is to be a sustainable center in the community for years to come. We just need a little help getting things off the ground! Please consider donating here.
I am donating my time and efforts to spearhead and ready the space, hire staff and direct operations. We have already received the approval from Azul who has kindly donated the space rent-free to us for one year. Now we need external funding so that classes can start on August 5th, 2019.
Our first step is to fumigate the space for termites, ants and bats. Then, we will have a local carpenter add temporary walls, screens and a front door. After a deep cleaning, it can then be transformed into a classroom with tables, chairs bookshelves and curriculum materials. In the mean time, we will be interviewing applicants for the available positions and enrolling students.
Below you will find a list with the estimated initial start up costs and operating costs for one year.
Who else in your network could help? Please share this fundraiser with your family, friends and colleagues, thank you for your time, and check back here to see our progress!
|Wood, Screen, Front Door, Labor, Cleaning & Fumigation||$1250.00|
|Furniture for Classroom|
|Children Size Tables 4 X $25||$100|
|Children Chairs 16 X $10||$160|
|Book Shelves 4 X $50||$200|
|File Folders/Hanging Folders 1 X $15||$15|
|Folding Adult Chairs 25 x $17||$425|
|Folding Adult Tables 4 x $60||$240|
|Drawer Organizer 1 x $44||$44|
|Storage containers 2 x $30||$60|
|Filing cabinet 1 x $92||$92|
|White board 1 x $40||$40|
|Mop, bucket, broom, cleaning supplies, cleaning towels, trash cans, stools etc||$175.00|
|Ongoing Expenses 12 months|
|Water, electricity, facility supplies||$1680.00|
|Employee salaries for 12 months|
|Facilities Cleaner, English & Spanish Teacher, Tutor and Teachers Aid||$6336.00|
|Head Teacher salary for 12 months (preschool/kindergarten/curriculum operations)||$6000.00|