Our Affiliated Project: The La Recoleccion Home in Leon, Nicaragua

 

Quick facts about The La Recoleccion Home:

  • Ages served: 4 to 15 years
  • Facility Description: A two-story building in good condition, including a courtyard and dormitory, surrounded by trees and flowers. A very large school lies adjacent to the orphanage.
  • Education: In addition to core academic subjects, the home also offers training in sewing for the girls’ mothers.
  • Academic year: Typically begins in February and ends in November. Students enjoy summer break from early December to early February.
  • Daily activities: The girls assist in a variety of chores around the home. Afternoons provide plenty of time for outdoor recreational activities.
  • Health: The girls’ health is closely monitored, and medical attention is provided as the need for it arises.

Known as the land of lakes and volcanoes, Nicaragua boasts fertile Pacific lowlands, north-central highlands and Atlantic/Caribbean lowlands. Nearly a fifth of the nation is set aside as protected parks or reserves — unique ecosystems teeming with a variety of wildlife.

Nicaragua includes diverse ethnicities as well. Indigenous peoples, Europeans, Africans, Asians and people of Middle Eastern origin all call this breathtaking land home. Nicaragua’s wealth of natural resources and rich culture, however, belie the deprivation in which most of its residents live. This largest Central American nation is also the region’s most destitute — it’s the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere — and is riddled with natural disasters, political instability and widespread poverty and underemployment. The vast majority of Nicaraguan workers earn less than two dollars a day.

Nicaragua’s second largest city, Leon, is no exception to these maladies. Since its founding in 1880, the La Recoleccion Home has been assisting orphaned, abandoned and neglected girls. Offering a well-rounded education, vocational skills training, and a safe living environment to call home, La Recoleccion (which means “The Harvest” in English) provides the neediest girls of this community with the opportunity to reach their full potential, rise above the difficult socioeconomic circumstances from which they come and break the cycle of poverty.