Nicaragua 2020


Christmas Wish Comes True for One Happy Girl in Nicaragua 

Article By: Barbara Dunsworth

Holding her new laptop computer in her hands, Blanca Silva thanks Tom and Leslie Philips for the gift that will make a world of difference in her life this year. After graduating high school with honors in 2018, she received a full scholarship to study Industrial Engineering at the National University of Engineering in Managua. 

Blanca has just finished her first year, and, until now, has had to stay late at the university to use the often-overbooked computer lab and/or rely on tiny cyber cafes scattered throughout the city to complete her class assignments on time. Her new computer really is a Christmas Wish come true. 

The Philips’ have sponsored Blanca’s education through Hand in Hand’s Pathway to Change program since she was a little girl in 2nd grade.  They have followed her progress through her grade school and high school years, watching her place 1st in her class again and again.

Becoming a child sponsor in the Pathway to Change Program is a hands-on opportunity to make a lasting change in a child’s life. For $2000 a year – a little more than $5.00 a day – you can partner with us not only to educate a deserving student but break an entire family out of the cycle of generational poverty that entraps them.

Coming from a poor family, where neither of her parents finished high school and have never held steady jobs, Blanca is paving new ground for her family’s future. She really is a poster child for what we seek to do through the Pathway Program. Our goal is to provide children and youth living in poverty the best opportunities for academic, physical and personal growth that we can, building into their lives the chance for a fulfilling and happier future.  Blanca, along with all the kids of Pathway to Change Nicaragua, join us in wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! 

*Starting in 2006 with three (3) 1st graders, Pathway to Change has grown over the years to ninety (90) students. During the life of the program, a total of forty (40) students have graduated from high school. In 2020 we are continuing support for thirty-eight (38) of these forty (40) program graduates. Of these thirty-eight (38): four (4) have completed university degrees; thirty (30) are enrolled or will be enrolling in degree programs at university, and four (4) are registered in other courses of post-secondary learning. If you would like to join us in giving the gift of an education to a child in Nicaragua, please let us know.