JustHope to Suspend Operations

December 14th 2022

Dear Friends of JustHope,

The JustHope Board of Directors has come to a difficult decision. We will be ending our current operations in Nicaragua effective December 31, 2022. This also means we will be laying off our staff in both Nicaragua and the United States. With sadness and deep gratitude, we thank them for their incredible commitment and effort on behalf of our partner communities.

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Young student dressed in the white shirt and navy skirt of a school uniform stands confidently outside her home.

Hello everyone!

I am Saraí de Los Ángeles Cajina Romero, and I am 8 years old. I am in 2nd grade and I am from a small sector in the community of Chacraseca called La Concepción.

My dad is in the army, unfortunately I barely see him because he works a lot. My mom is with us and she is a housewife. I have a brother who is 12 years old and goes to high school.

My school is about half a kilometer away, I walk to school and my mom accompanies me since the school is by the road and a lot of heavy trucks pass by. In case she can't take me to school my brother takes me walking or on his bicycle. What I like about school is that I can study and learn more and I can also play with my friends during school break. My favorite subject is math because I love to count.

The backpack scholarship is important because thanks to it we can attend school with our school supplies. I know that for my mom it was very difficult to choose who to purchase school supplies and backpack to attend school, but thanks to this scholarship my brother and I can both attend school.

JustHope's Backpack Scholarship program provides basic school supplies and a pair of shoes stuffed into a backpack that a scholar can use throughout the year. Plus, this year, $5 will go towards pandemic-related PPE for schools to help keep all kids safe.

The recipients are chosen by the community leaders based on family need; only one child per family can receive a scholarship until all families in need have been served. Community leaders follow up with the primary age becados (scholarship recipients). If a child does not complete the school year, that family is not eligible for any of their children to receive a scholarship the following year.

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