Came across a surprise follower on twitter this week, Project Chacocente in Masaya, Nicaragua(South of Mexico). Out of the Dump website is fantastic, promoting their campus for educating children from primary school to high school and adults in vocational classes learning their way out of poverty, with great success stories. They have T shirt fundrasier campaigns and normal donations, the campus was founded by ten families living on a city rubbish dump.
Its clear evidence that persistence in any situation can be overcome, not that you would see much success story like this in traditional media where you are told what to think and no doubt a country with this kind of poverty, would possibly have a worse structure. However lets not focus on the negative and instead lets focus on the empathy, one of the success stories is Chiky, check out the excert pasted from the website below;
When Dona Reyna made the decision to leave her home atop the trash heap at the Managua Dump and move her family to take part in Project Chacocente in 2004, her son,José Francisco Ortiz Soza, (nicknamed “Chiky”) was angry. At age 15, he was quite the rebel! The violent gang he belonged to threatened him if he left. Reluctantly, he joined his mother, sister and brothers in the rural countryside of Masaya but quickly became bored and moved between the dump and Chacocente for several months. Thanks to the perseverance of his mother and the staff, he realized his future could be quite different than the futures of his gang member friends. He began to spend more time at the Project, helping with home construction, farming and attending public school. Since then he has earned his high school diploma, completed a technical course in electricity and earned a certificate for English fluency from the University of Central America. He is employed in Managua in telecommunication and often helps translate for visiting delegations. We are so proud of the strong, determined young man he has become!
How great is that, check out the Out of the dump website http://www.outofthedump.org/ and follow them on twitter https://twitter.com/ProjChacocente
Take care and keep the faith 🙂
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