Attending school puts a financial strain on families, and sponsorship allows them to ensure school attendance for their child. Our Scholarship programme continues to be one of our core activities.Since 2014, the David Grimes Trust has supported 20 families (from a total of 105 in the whole scheme) so that one of their children can go to school as a “becado”, a scholarship student. The scheme is administered transparently by Apreden (NGO) and Alcaldia (Mayor’s Office) in collaboration with Nicaragua Verein Oldenburg (see Oldenburg’s flyer for the scheme here). Preference is given to younger children in families, who otherwise would not be able to continue beyond minimum school leaving age.
Karina, a sponsored student, wrote to us earlier in 2012:
My name is Karina, I’m 16 years old and I´m studying in the 3rd year at the “Salomon de la Selva” High School. Every Sunday I go to school. It’s about a two hour ride on horse. When I was 5 years old I learnt to ride a horse. With no other options of transport, even little children have to learn. I live at home with both of my parents, and five brothers and sisters. I have a parrot whose name is Periquita. At my house there is also a cat and kitten, a horse called Bronco and a mare named Pinta. They are really calm. We also have 5 chickens, a hen and 2 ducks. Now I will tell you something about the typical food we eat. Normally we eat gallo pinto (rice with kidney beans), cuajada (a typical Nicaraguan, soft cheese) and tortillas, and we drink coffee.
Normally I get up at 6 o’ clock in the morning. After breakfast, I help my mum clean the house, water the plants and grind the maize in the machine to make tortillas. After that, I do my homework and do any other studies. The rest of the day I spend with my cousin or with my friends playing football. Far from the house we have a field to plant maize. We also have 3 cows there. Sometimes they give milk, which we drink in the morning.
Best wishes, Karina