Over the last few years Nicaragua has been an example of how Tourism can improve the local communities by creating development and economic growth with out the negative common fall outs that massive tourism sometimes brings when there isn’t a good plan behind it.
The secret? a multi-sector approach that focuses on popular participation and a focus on small and medium-sized tourism companies with a strong focus on giving back to the communities where they do business.
Jicaro Eco-Lodge is one of such companies and we pride ourselves not only of our sustainability policies but also on the Padre Nello School Initiative.
What is the Padre Nello Initiative? Well, in collaboration with US-based 501c3 Earth Equilibrium, Jicaro developed a community-based outreach program focused on the support and implementation of educational projects that encourage sustainable community development.These projects are carried on at The Padre Nello School.
The Padre Nello School is located just a short boat ride away from Jicaro on the mainland shores of Lake Nicaragua. Approximately 88 children attend Padre Nello School every day, Monday through Friday, from 7:00am until noon. The school has just 4 classrooms: one which is used for kindergarten and the other three for elementary education. Each classroom is used to instruct two different grade levels simultaneously by one teacher.
You cam learn more about Jicaro and its environmental and social sustainability policies here.