Una Escuelita is an after school programm located in Limon Dos, in southern Nicaragua. Founded in the spring of 2007 to help underprivileged children, Una Escuelita is helping children to "learn about life through art". Una Escuelita is 3.25 hours from Managua and 30 minutes from Lake Nicaragua, near the Costa Rican border. Here, in this safe haven that's become a cornerstone of the community, a big number of children shows up and has shown up over almost 10 years everyday to learn while having fun!
The kids receive help with homework and remedial teaching based on the Montessori education, arts & crafts and music lessons, schooling in a variety of languages, science lessons, and a chance to participate in fun and games. Everything provided is free.
Remarkably, a local and international community is showing up, too; to teach, to cook, to gather gourds to be painted, to sing songs, to teach English, to raise money, and to help the children in Limon Dos develop a creative appreciation for and approach to life that will continue to serve them over time.
(7/18/2008) When Pope Noell, a 20-year artist of Montauk, dreamed about building a school for children in Nicaragua, he never dreamed it could become a reality. But with some financial help from an artist friend, Frank Roccanova of Amagansett, and much dogged determination, he saw his dream come true when the school opened this past February.
On July 12, thanks to more support from their fellow artists of East Hampton, Noell and Roccanova managed to raise almost $40,000 at a benefit for Una Escuelita, a school for children that teaches subjects through the use of art.
"For roughly the same cost as a private high school in the Hamptons, $18,000 a year, we can send 30-45 kids to Escuelita for a year," said Noell. "After opening this school last year, we had no idea how many kids were going to come, so we needed this extra funding to stay open."