I almost didn’t get around to posting about the last leg of our trip to Nicaragua (because our chicken coop fiasco distracted me), but I would have left out the most important part! It was a true joy to go to some schools and distribute uniforms to the children there in Chinandega, Nicaragua.
There were 2 large schools with 500 students each and 2 small “schools” with about 80 students each. At each school Mike (my husband) and Craig Rickenbach (Co-owner of Persnickety Clothing Company) spoke to the children directly. They both speak Spanish and told the kids that we were so excited to share these uniforms with them. They encouraged them to study hard and do something kind for someone else.
We went into the separate classrooms and called each child out by name to give them a white shirt and blue bottom; the boys received shorts, the girls got pleated skirts.
The kids were so excited!
It seemed that all of them wanted to learn, but having a uniform formalized the opportunity and made it equal for the poor and those who were less poor.
Aren’t the children in Nicaragua beautiful?!
After the first big school, I noticed that our daughter Raquel and the Rickenbach’s Leah had brought some nail polish with them. I suggested we offer to paint the nails of the little girls at the next small school. The idea was a hit. The girls loved having their nails painted and our girls loved doing the service.
Corinne, her sister-in-law Candice, and I also got in on the nail-painting action (in the middle photo above, check out the girl’s pet!), and even ended up painting the nails of the mothers as well. We bought more nail polish to keep it going at the rest of the schools we visited. That little act of service was so fun, and it made our hearts brim over with even more love for those sweet people!
We learned that ultimately we loved providing uniforms, even more so than the dresses, to all these wonderful children! It made them excited to learn, and for many of them, made going to school a reality. We bought some school supplies to give out as well.
Persnickety Clothing Company will continue to provide uniforms for less fortunate children, and will be expanding the giving into other areas of need.
After all our projects around town, we had a great time visiting a gorgeous local beach.
The kids brought the hermit crabs back with us and had fun with them at our last dinner.
We were sad to say goodbye to Nicaragua and all the beautiful sites, people and experiences we enjoyed there.
We saw these boys on the side of the road on the way to the airport. They were selling these large lizards, which people there cook in their soups. Crazy!
We hope to visit again soon!
Stay tuned for another giveaway of Persnickety clothing on Mom Essentials!
This is my fourth (and last) post about our recent Persnickety Clothing trip to Nicaragua. If you want to read the others, here they are: