I would like to give you a little background as to how I literally came upon your organization in the Plaza in Granada. My husband and I had taken a trip to Costa Rica in September of 2013 and fell in love with it. We decided to take a day trip to Nicaragua (I wanted to see the country, but also wanted another stamp in my passport) and went to Masaya, Apoyo and then Granada. We were dropped off right at the Plaza and, as soon as I got off the bus, a little girl of about five put her hand in mine and started following me around. I knew she wanted money, but we didn't have any small bills available to give her. Her name was Jasmina and she was at the Plaza begging with her mother and younger sisters. She was filthy and broke my heart.
When we got back to the US, I sponsored a little girl from Nicaragua through Feed the Children. I also began looking for a group that I could return with to Nicaragua that helped children. I went to Leon with a group called Spark Ventures and worked with an organization there called Las Tias. The last part of the trip was three days in Granada.
As soon as we had settled into our hotel, we went looking for Jasmina. Sad to say, that we didn't find her, but found a whole wonderful group of children reading in the Plaza instead! I was able to sit and read with the children and it was quite a moving experience for me. We, as Americans, oftentimes do not know how "good we got it". I'm so used to having an easily accessible public library to go to for help and reading material (I also work in one).
Your organization is amazing! I've attached some pictures of your children and me. I had brought down some things to give out to Jasmina if I found her, but gave about 2-3 bags full of things (flip flops, crayons, coloring books, hair clips, etc.) to your group.
Thank you so much again for your time.