Our team makes personal visits to the childrens homes. We encourage the children and parents to understand the long term value of education versus the short term gain of putting their children to work full time. We also teach the parents how to reflect positively back to their children about the school work they are doing and the efforts that are made to attend school.
While the program started n Costa Rica we are have been focusing in Nicrarauga since 2004. These are one of our first children and they are now not only healthier but a lot more knowledgable too after 3 years of school!
Many children and families see no way out of their plight. Nicaragua is the 2nd poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere (second to Haiti).
Most families live on less than $2 a day (some much less) and yet public education is not affordable due to the mandatory supplies needed. Also many children need to work to help the family survice.
A municipal fisherman's son proudly displays the day's catch. Municipal fishers, who use small boats and simple fishing gear, are one of the poorest sectors in Philippine society and suffer the most from overfishing brought about by a de facto open access regime in coastal resources and poor implementation of fishery laws.
"Phil Fontaine, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Canada, addressed gathers at the Curve Lake Pow Wow on Sunday, September 16th in a bittersweet celebration of the recent passing by the United Nations of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. While this is an important victory for indigenous people throughout the world, Fontaine strongly criticized the current Canadian government for voting against the UN declaration, saying it constitutes a great shame for Canada."
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