On Saturday November 3rd, a meeting of former Fundación A. Jean Brugger scholarship students was held at the Fundación offices. The objective was to strengthen links with the graduates, in order to maintain close communication between the graduated professionals and Fundación A. Jean Brugger.
The meeting was also an opportunity to propose new projects for the graduates to participate in. Our Executive Director Vilma Bustos, who is a former scholarship student, presented Fundación A. Jean Brugger’s actions in 2018 in support of the educational development of our community and the plans for the year 2019. She also proposed the formation of a committee of former scholarship recipients to work together with FAJB in different iniciatives.
The graduates are excited about becoming mentors to the current students. At the meeting a plan was devised so that, beginning next year, graduates can be involved in the community service projects that match their career. Of particular interest were the community service programs involving computer classes and talks on human trafficking. Some of the graduates also envisioned helping to train the current scholarship holders in teaching techniques.
The attendees also enjoyed a delicious breakfast. Fundación A. Jean Brugger thanks all the graduate students who participated in this meeting.
On November 6 the Cannonball group delivered backpacks full of school supplies to 19 children who are part of the community service project called Bio-clean, which has as its objective the empowerment of children through environmental education. Bio-clean is the community service project of the Economic Sciences students of FAJB.
The Cannonball Group is made up of American Airlines employees, along with their friends and family, who have been coming to San Juan del Sur every year since 2004. The activity began with the presentation of the service project by members of the group, including María José Sánchez Muñoz, Ingrid Pamela Pérez, Francis Aliana Quiroz, and Lidieth del Socorro Jiménez. The students explained the objectives and activities of their social initiative to the Cannonball group, which include collecting trash from the beach and making crafts from the collected materials.
For example, the students made piggy banks from discarded plastic soda bottles, which also gave the economics students the chance to teach the children about saving money. After the school supplies were delivered the children enjoyed a snack and burst a piñata. Every November Fundación A. Jean Brugger and the Cannonball Group deliver school supplies to children in San Juan del Sur, to ensure that children have the necessary materials for their studies and to help ensure a better education. Fundación A. Jean Brugger appreciates the support and participation of the Cannonball group.
Thank you Sandra Sheil, Randy Hale, Maria Teran-Hale, and Sharon Larock for being willing to come to Nicaragua at this time. Other members of the Economic Sciences community service group are Ruth Rostran, Casta Margarita Rivera, and Cesar Augusto Romero.
This year Fundación A. Jean Brugger developed a new Life Skills Program to provide more educational opportunities for our scholarship students. The latest addition to this program is an intensive Advanced Excel course. Sixteen current students and four graduates are taking the 30-hour course, given in five six-hour sessions. The first session was held Friday, October 26. This course was developed in partnership with the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua (UPOLI).
The course is being taught by UPOLI professors. This partnership has been made possible due to the close working relationship that the staff of Fundación A. Jean Brugger have developed with UPOLI over the last 12 years. Every student will receive a certificate for completion of the course. Barrio La Planta Project (BPP), located in San Juan del Sur’s ‘House of Culture,’ has graciously provided the use of their facilities and computers for this course. We thank Savannah Armstrong, director of BPP, and Professor Denis Calderón, director of the Casa de Cultura, for collaborating with us to make this program possible. We also want to thank each of the donors who helped make the Life Skills Program a reality. This Program also includes a four month, four-hours-a-week English course.
The Life Skills Program is designed to develop greater professional skills and create more opportunities for our students in the workplace.
Fundación A. Jean Brugger scholarship students in the careers of law and the humanities have developed presentations on the issue of human trafficking for their community service program. Because San Juan del Sur is close to the border with Costa Rica, the young people of this region are vulnerable to traffickers. The scholarship students have developed this program with the aim of preventing young people from falling victim to the crime of trafficking in persons.
The FAJB students are giving talks in different classes at Stella Maris, with the program adjusted to the age level of the students. On September 26 they gave a talk to 21 students, aged 16 to 19 years, who are in their final year of high school. On October 4 they presented to 44 sixth-grade students, and they will be speaking to a third class on October 17.
The community service group has also spoken at a church in Ostional, and will be visiting a school in Pochote later this year. The FAJB students worked hard to create a compelling presentation, and the Stella Maris students were very attentive, with lots of questions and comments. Part of the discussion involved Facebook and other social media, and the importance of being cautious about who you speak to on social media, and the kind of images and information you post. This initiative is a coordinated effort between the Stella Maris Educational Center and Fundación A. Jean Brugger in order to help prevent young people from falling victim to this crime.
"Trafficking in persons" means the recruitment, transport, transfer, or reception of persons, using threats or the use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deceit. It means abuse of power or abuse of a situation of vulnerability for the purpose of exploitation. ‘Exploitation’ includes, at a minimum, prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices analogous to slavery, servitude, or the removal of organs.
Scholarship students in the Economic Sciences continue their community service with the Project Bio-clean: empowerment through environmental education.
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