the 1970s Nicaraguans have suffered through war, overthrowing a
dictatorship followed by the Contra War; and as recent as 2018
they've lived through violent political upheaval, with the
result that Nicaraguan society suffers from generational trauma.
Ciudad Sandino, located just outside the capital, a dumping
ground for refugees of societal upheavals and natural disasters,
suffers from violent crime. Family breakdown, a crisis of
values, and machista systems are elements that negatively affect
childhood and adolescence, creating the cause and effect of
social exclusion, discrimination, and devaluation. We must stop
seeing at-risk children, adolescents, and young adults in
vulnerable situations as the problem and instead develop
programs that encourage them to fulfill their potential.
Sandino is one of the poorest urban areas in the country. The
lack of opportunities and the levels of poverty in most families
within the municipality make it difficult for young people to
counteract these societal issues on their own. Therefore, this
project proposes to promote the culture of peace in these new
generations by cultivating young people's talents in the
arts. O ur Rotary Club has
embraced this peace and reconciliation work.
with the Municipality of Ciudad Sandino (pop. 180,000) to
improve safety and equip the city's Ruben Dario Cultural Center,
where 200 at-risk children, teens, and young adults receive
courses and workshops in dance, fine arts, music, performance,
as well as participating in cultural festivals, community art
murals, and competitions. Dance and music classes are free of
charge, enabling the students to develop their skills and
talents in the arts and enabling the center to expand and
improve the classes it offers. This project
prevents violence by
1) Cultural Center Security Wall
To keep students safe and encourage more students to enroll in the free classes, the Center needs improved security. Currently there is no perimeter wall so delinquents often come in to annoy students and area gangs have entered the center to rob students. Another problem is that in the afternoon young people hang around on the grounds to do drugs. With a perimeter wall, the security guard would have a better way to control the entry and exit of only students, providing greater security and students' families would feel more confident, thus allowing more students to participate in the activities.
In addition to the security wall, the cultural center urgently needs musical instruments, art supplies, dance costumes, and computers.
The Municipality of Ciudad Sandino has budgeted for staff
to develop the classes, along with providing these basic