Monte Horet Community Development:
Monte Horet—barrio in the city of León where roughly 80 families live in the most modest of conditions, including plastic tarp shelters, tin shacks and cement block dwellings, beside the city’s septic lake. When the wind blows to the north sewage fumes drift over the area, but this location is the best and only option for many families.
PGL’s initial contact with Monte Horet came in 2010 when community leaders visited PGL’s office in León to request help with an electrification project for all the homes. PGL, in its largest financial contribution of 2011, funded the system that was installed by community volunteers.
A very different need was met with construction of a new pre-school / community center. Monday, February 11, 2013 was the exciting first day of school for 22 4-6 year olds! PGL contributed $20,000 for construction materials, while Monte Horet provided the planning and labor. Other community projects have included solar oven workshops for the women, and a loan fund for the purchase of wood-conserving stoves.
Gettysburg College student delegations have partnered with community leaders on several occasions for community workdays and cultural events. In the first-ever cultural event held in Monte Horet a 2012 student delegation performed traditional Nicaraguan dances alongside youth of the community! Both grassroots development and cultural exchange have been carried out with great enthusiasm in Monte Horet.
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Your monthly contribution of $20 will help purchase materials for the children, supplies for the teacher, equipment for the school, and will help with the teacher’s compensation.