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Raleigh International is a leading youth and education charity and their expeditions have inspired over 30,000 people from all walks of life, nationalities and ages, helping them develop new skills and friendships to make a genuine difference to communities and environments across the world. In addition to sending young, underprivileged people to underdeveloped countries to carry out various works, the Trust will also be donating towards capital projects eg. the building of a school, water aid, which could carry The Myles Trust name as well as that of Raleigh.
There is information on the Trust on their website and the Myles Robinson trustees will be involved in the selection process.
December 2018 update
In Uluk Kicha, construction work has now been completed. Raleigh have built one secondary school with five classrooms, a dining hall to ensure that students have access to nutritious meals (financed by the government), the instalment of a gravity fed water system to the school cafeteria and the establishment of an organic vegetable patch to be managed by the Parents’ Association.
A pic of the completed school building at Uluk Kicha. As you will see this depicts the unsuitable structure the community previously used next to the new building.
In Jak-Tain, heavy rains meant that the volunteers had to be withdrawn from the community and moved elsewhere, resulting in delays in infrastructure development. The construction work is being picked up by two foremen and community members to ensure the classrooms can be completed as planned. The work should be finished by the end of December.
Unfortunately the situation in Nicaragua remains the same at present. Raleigh will continue to monitor the situation but they have taken the decision not to send any Expedition volunteers to Nicaragua this Autumn. However they are going to improve access to education for indigenous communities in the Alto Chirripo Indigenous Territory of Costa Rica instead.
This project will work with two indigenous communities to improve school infrastructure, consisting of a classroom, dining area and teacher accommodation per community. They will construct two schools in two communities for the benefit of 125 children. Volunteers will work closely with the community to gain an understanding and raise awareness of barriers to school attendance, with the aim of ensuring sustained school attendance for generations of children in the Alto Chirripó indigenous territory.
Anti-government protests and clashes have been taking place in Nicaragua intermittently over the past two months (a recent BBC report can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-44269498). The protests and tensions are now affecting more of the country and it is unclear how or when the situation will be resolved.
Although there hasn’t been much coverage in the international press, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is now advising against all but essential travel to Nicaragua. The safety and security of Raleigh’s volunteers and staff are at the heart of everything Raleigh does. In light of the FCO’s advice, and the advice provided by Raleigh’s in-country team, they have taken the decision not to send any expedition volunteers to Nicaragua this summer.
Without expedition volunteers available to deliver the work over the summer, Raleigh will however have to take the step of delaying the start date of the increasing access to, and uptake of, safe and sustainable water project, which The Myles Trust are supporting this year, with the current aim of commencing the project in the Autumn. Assuming the project commences later this year, Raleigh will be able to complete the aims of the project by March 2019. However, the situation in the country is a fluid one and Raleigh are continuing to monitor it closely.