Each week Helen and/or Amy wait patiently at he Centro d'Arte for people to come for the house tours we conduct. Tuesday mornings we will take people to see the insides of three spectacular Granada houses. Each week they are different homes that from the outside look quite featureless but inside sport beautiful gardens, pools and stunning bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. It is always a revelation to see how the traditional colonial-style homes have been renovated to incorporate modern features. The tour costs $15 per person and half of that goes directly to the running of the library. The other half of the money goes to scholarships in a local school. These scholarships go to assist Nicaraguan children whose parents wouldn't be able to pay the fees for the school.
Darrell, has his own way of supporting the funding for the library. He puts out the weekly Nica Nuggets that give expats information about what is happening around town, including advertisements for local businesses and classified ads. He doesn't charge for this advertising but instead asks that people contribute to the library. As a result the other day he stopped by to give us $10 an advertiser had given him. That might not sound like much more than a couple of cups of coffee in North America but it brings a lot to us. Actually, yesterday, Sunday, I was able to buy for that very amount, two very large, modern good children's books in Spanish from a man who came to my door!
Ruth and I do workshops for other NGO's who not only pay for the workshop materials but donate to the library too. We also have the annual chili cookoff and various other small events. Of course, many people donate books to the library which always helps.
So please be assured we are all very committed philosophically and monetarily to keeping the library open as we believe it is an important component of a brighter future for the children of Granada.