Earth Education Project
THE CURRENT SITUATION IN NICARAGUA
In April, a devastating sociopolitical crisis unfolded in Nicaragua. The safety of our students and staff was affected and we had to close on several occasions due to the violence on the streets. Over the past 4 months more than 250,000 Nicaraguans have lost their jobs, over 400 people have been killed, there are reports of over 1,000 people missing, roadblocks sprung up across the country and the economy plummeted. We are faced with a gloomy job market for the students in the scholarship programme.
With the current sociopolitical context we have redesigned our job skill training programme together with current and new employment partners to ensure jobs for the class for 2018 which we will implement over the course of 12 weeks September – December 2018.
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE EARTH EDUCATION PROJECT
We believe what’s needed is change that is both more comprehensive and more pervasive. Our model is that of a hybrid organisation: Earth Education Project is a charity with a social enterprise trading arm, CHURECA CHIC. We believe this structure serves as an example for our partners and the wider society where we work to see the benefits of our social and job skill development programme in action.
We are a UK charity and a Nicaraguan foundation working in the rubbish dump community of La Chureca in Managua, Nicaragua to link women to jobs and second chances
HERE IS HOW WE DO IT:
Through a mix of job skill training, psychological development programmes, mentoring for the family, internships and scholarships, Earth Education Project prepares women living in situations of violence, in isolated communities and whom have not completed their formal education, to succeed both at work and in life. Upon completion of our programme women are linked to jobs with our corporate partners.
In 2013 we launched CHURECA CHIC, a fashion label that provides employment to some of the women graduating the EEP programme by up-cycling waste products. CHURECA CHIC operates separately with the profits supporting our scholarship programme. For more on the CHURECA CHIC story that has gone to London, New York, Panama and beyond please go to www.churecachic.com