Cultural traditions and art are often the first things lost when a community struggles with persistent poverty, depriving young people of a sense of identity and belonging. This, in turn, puts youth at higher risk of gang involvement, drug use, and dropping out of high school.
In Chacraseca, teachers, youth, and community leaders are joining together to resist the slow erosion of their culture that puts their young people at risk by reclaiming the traditional music, dance and art that have shaped and defined Nicaragua's history.
JustHope is proud to have partnered with the Chacraseca community in realizing their dream of a Cultural Center. The Center supports meaningful training and performance in culture, arts, leadership, entrepreneurial and social skills to drive development within the community of Chacraseca. This environment is created by delivering lessons in music and dance, establishing a youth musical group that performs in the area, and providing choirs in the local high schools in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
The Center cultivates and strengthens the traditions of Nicaragua’s cultural expression, while also contributing to a brighter future for the people of this region.