Blog

13 Apr

Sustainably Ours

We had the pleasure of hosting Melaina Gasbarrino, founder of Sustainably Ours, and her sister Elise a few weeks back at Coco Loco.  Sustainably Ours is a Canadian based company that educates elementary schools and community centres about our earth using a creative approach to learning through our Clean Earth Workshops, Community Shop and Local Earthly Events. Here are some words Melaina shared with us about their experience. ‘Our time at El Coco...

11 Mar

New school for Francisco Laguna

Check out the completed school at Francisco Laguna! This year there are 130 students, up from 103 last year, and all of the students have desks. The new bathrooms, roof, walls, and tile floor make it safer, easier, and more enjoyable for the students and teachers. ...

07 Mar

New Pre-School in El Manzano #2

The school year is starting out great at the new preschool in El Manzano #2! Here are pictures of the the old pre-school, and teachers and students in front of the new school. Thanks to the interest and dedication of the community and collaboration with generous donors, we are excited to see such positive changes! ...

17 Feb

Alternative Break to Nicaragua

Like most GW Students, I was drawn to GW because of the amazing opportunities students had because of living in the heart of DC. And even if I am just a sophomore, I have experienced my fair share of amazing #OnlyAtGW moments. In the short year and a half I have been a colonial, I attend speeches given by both President Obama and Vice President Biden, I have started an internship which I would never have dreamed of being a...

20 Oct

PLEASE DONATE TODAY!

We are writing today as we are in need of your help as accounts are running dry down here and we are badly in need of donations to help keep our programs running and our progress moving forward. We also wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on how we have been spending your very generous donations over the past 18 months. PLEASE HELP OUR CAUSE BY DONATING TODAY! Waves of Hope High School As...

06 May

The Sideways Approach

My passion for traveling has allowed me to experience different parts of the world and see some amazing landscapes, try exotic foods and get lost in new environments. Yet, at times, I have found that my travels feel a bit selfish and just contribute to my own need for adventure and escapism. I only get a taste of the culture from an outsiders view and never fully understand the lives of the native people or make a genuine connection. Deciding to...

07 Apr

Service Trip Reflections

Samantha Marek, a senior from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, joined us at Coco Loco again this March on her second Alternative Spring Break trip to Nicaragua and shared the following email with us afterwards. Thanks Sam for allowing us to share this. – It was interesting to be doing kind of the same things as last year, but with different people. It was rewarding to see the high school come so far from the two brick walls...

03 Sep

4 years and counting…

It seems incredible to think that four years have gone by since we began our humble efforts in the community of El Manzano #1. The time has definitely flown by but it has been filled with a sense of renewal, hope, happiness, gratitude and joy. These are the emotions that we feel for those that support our efforts and make this all possible. When we think back over the past twelve months (ok 13 months, we are a touch behind with...

08 May

Greenhouse for the people of El Manzano Uno

Hello, my name is Stephen Tolpinrud. I am 26 years old and I recently finished a certificate in Agroecology from UCSC. The certificate, which was obtained while living, working, and studying on a farm, taught me how to grow food using organic methods.  The experience impacted me viscerally.  Since then I have been impassioned to make a difference. That is why this spring I will be riding my bicycle from New York City, NY to Astoria, OR. I want to...

29 Sep

July is for consistency…

The month of July has now come and gone and in Manzano #1 we continue to play baseball. The beginning of my time here, teaching baseball, required little initiative on my part. The children in the community are very used to playing multiple sports in the course of a year. Futbol (soccer), surfing, volleyball and baseball are the most common sports that the children as well as most adult men take part in so getting the kids to play baseball...