Construction Almost Complete

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Here are a few before and after pictures of the new offices, including the new violence prevention office. This week workers are finally able to move into the new office spaces that have been expanded as part of the construction project. After spending months squeezed into one office we’re finally slowly making the transition to new office spaces, some people back into the same offices that have been expanded and some into totally different offices. The process will still involve a few weeks of final touches and getting everyone and all of their supplies settled into where they will be for the rest of the year. Stay tuned for some more before and after pictures of the construction process!

-Kelsey

Happy World Book Day

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Today happens to be World Book Day as well as the 18th anniversary of the Library here at the Center. Starting with just a bookshelf of a few books that the¬†founder Sister Margarita started loaning out has now grown to a collection of 6.700 books. The library currently has over 700 users each month. It’s also a space for personal development for kids and adolescents from the community, from everything to the scholarship students who work in the library to children who come to participate in story time, study circles and workshops about social themes.

To celebrate today the Library is having a marathon of book reading as well as a showcase of books for children and adults alike to explore upstairs along with an exposition of the history of the library.

Happy book day, and here’s to many more years of promoting literacy and personal development through the CCBN Library!

Saludos,

Kelsey

Photo of the Day

Here are some more of our favorite profile picture shots so far, some students get overly excited (or not so excited) about taking their pictures. We’re especially fond of the young girl who showed up to her drawing and painting class completely decked out in her princess outfit. Despite the craziness of profile season, ¬†you can’t help but love the students!

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-Kelsey

Photo of the day: Neighborhood Mothers welcome their host students

It’s that time of year again, as students from the Center for Global Education arrive in Batahola Norte, where they will be staying with host families for the next 5 weeks. The mothers’, many of whom have been hosting students for the last 15 years, welcome these students into their homes and take the responsibility of educating these young folks on Nicaraguan ways of love (and of course the delicious food!). We welcome them and hope that they enjoy these next few weeks that they will surely never forget.

-Erika C.

Photo of the Day

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Yesterday was our last day of level one of the five levels of English we offer here at the Center. We finished with a group of 23 students and we have a couple more who will test in to join next level. Congratulations to this wonderful group! Now it’s off to Semana Santa vacations! The Center will be closed for a week and we’ll return in April to start with level two. Happy Easter everybody!

Kelsey

Photo of the Day

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The past few weeks have been a tight and cozy office space with construction going on. Now instead of just the Trocaire team and us (the volunteers), we have Ivania from the violence prevention program, Tania and Josefa from arts promotion and others coming in and out trying to find a place to work. The hope is that after holy week everyone can move into the newly renovated offices!

Kelsey