On April 16, 2015, Magrit Liepe, member of PTPI’s Berlin Chapter, presented the educational project “Mariposas pequeñas de Leon,” which she plans to implement in Leon, Nicaragua. With this project, Magrit continues her fundraising efforts for children in an educational scholarship program in Leon.These efforts are set in the framework of a city partnership between Salzburg (Austria) and Leon (Nicaragua).
PTPI Chapter Projects: Learning About "Mariposas pequenas de Leon" in Berlin
At PTPI’s European Office, Margrit presented the results of two previous projects in Leon, shared interesting details about Nicaragua, and showed a number of photos, handcrafted sculptures as well as prints of art work. In the end, participants enjoyed a taste of the typical national drink Pinolillo
made of cocoa and cornmeal.
Here’s an excerpt from Magrit’s presentation:
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our active members of PTPI’s Berlin Chapter, “Brücke der Freundschaft e.V.”, for their continued commitment and support in many ways to a project especially for young pupils in Leon, Nicaragua (the poorest country in Central America). Lots of children have to leave the education system in Nicaragua far too early because their parents cannot afford to send their children to school. To overcome illiteracy and to develop the public health system, a lot remains to be done. The potential for social innovation and sustainable development has not been fully understood or implemented yet, or is at least still insufficient.
Several campaigns and initiatives have been started all over the world to give children in Nicaragua a chance to graduate from school. I met a motivated team of the city partnership Salzburg (Austria) – Leon (Nicaragua) offering a scholarship program to children in Leon. In an effort of further support, I decided to run an additional project to help those children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.
The project combines theoretical learning with hands-on practical elements during leisure time after school lessons. To make the project sustainable, I needed additional financial support, which I received from the members of PTPI’s Berlin Chapter in the form of generous donations. I thank all our supporters and donors for their kind help and hope to be able to organize more support for our young people in Nicaragua in the future. PTPI’s Berlin Chapter “Brücke der Freundschaft e.V.” is standing for bridge of friendship – hands-on and engaged! Thank you!”