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Relocating a school in Masaya, Nicaragua for the purpose of improving health, literacy and community
“WOW!” is all that can be said about the District 5010 International Service project to Masaya Nicaragua. After a Rotary team visit to a school in San Jeronimo, Masaya Nicaragua, the urgency of relocating it became apparent. The new school was needed in order to relocate the students and teachers away, from the nearby diesel-fueled power plant emitting pollutants extremely harmful to the children, teachers and staff. Our club members experienced the rapid onset of severe respiratory symptoms during our visit. The existing adobe building had significant cracks in its structure and no sanitary latrines were available, creating many additional health risks. Children were lethargic and teachers ill due to heavy acid in the air which created a difficult environment for health and learning. Relocating the school was a project which met all six areas of Rotary’s focus: disease prevention, water - sanitation, literacy, community development, children’s health and conflict resolution.