Thank you for supporting the successful planting of Mi Pozo de Jacob Church in Los Pocitos Community, León, Nicaragua. This final report provides a recap of the construction process and a pair of interviews with people who will benefit from the church: The Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal MI child development center director and a registered child.
We hope this report brings you joy, knowing that you have literally built a sturdy foundation which will support generations of people with sustenance, safety, education, hope and – most importantly – an introduction to the love of Jesus.
May God bless you through these words just as you have blessed so many over the past year and for years to come.
Construction Timeline Review
Aug. 16, 2017: Compassion Nicaragua staff members met with the church pastor, church leadership team and child development center leaders. They discussed the scope of the project, reviewed the objectives, budget and implementation calendar. They also talked about the contract for the labor force and the dates for follow-up visits.
Oct. 14, 2017: The church partner hired a master builder with experience in large construction. The church contributed construction assistants.
Oct. 15, 2017 – Feb. 5, 2018: The church, with the support of the parents and members of the community, cleared the grounds that would become the construction area, and the building was built in a little less than four months. The construction work included a sanctuary, three classrooms, a kitchen, and restrooms for boys, girls and adults. The construction company employed 40 builders, and many church members worked in support of their efforts.
Feb. 9, 2018: The partner church organized a ribbon-cutting ceremony and inauguration service to dedicate the new facilities to the glory of God. More than 250 people attended, including parents, community leaders, beneficiaries, leadership of the mother church, members of the daughter church, and members of Compassion Nicaragua’s national staff.
Indicators of Success
In addition to the goals of completing construction on time and on budget, the following indicators demonstrate the near-immediate impact of this center and church:
- 100 percent of the goal of 190 children are enrolled in the Compassion program at the end of the construction phase.
- 30 percent (14 of 47) of beneficiaries’ families attend church services as of the end of this intervention.
- 100 percent of the beneficiaries increased the practice of good hygiene habits such as handwashing by the time the new building was ready in February.
- 100 percent of the beneficiaries increased their intake of nutritious food made in a clean environment due to the construction of a well-equipped kitchen.
The Project’s Impact
The child development center staff reports this planting intervention has been a great blessing for the church, the beneficiaries and the community. Before this work began, the children were in an improvised hut, there was just one latrine, and the food was prepared outdoors. During the rainy season, the children got wet because the hut didn’t have walls. Now the children have classrooms with well-built, safe, clean conditions; the food is prepared in a safe and healthy environment; and there is a beautiful church which has already hosted wedding ceremonies and Quinceañera celebrations, marking 15-year-old girls’ transition from childhood to womanhood.
The 20 active members of the daughter church are happy because now they have the conditions and space to celebrate, worship and carry out different evangelistic activities. Because of this, more children are coming to Sunday school – between 60 and 80 children along with their parents – and 14 families of beneficiaries regularly attend church services.
This construction project has also allowed the church to reach into the community, engage with local leaders and be a more integral part of the community. This has created a sense of belonging and ownership of the church among community members. The church now is known for having better facilities than the local school.
Testimonies of impact
Martha Eugenia Salazar Torres, child development center director:
How have the lives of the affected beneficiaries been changed since the intervention’s completion?
It has been a great blessing to the beneficiaries. They are very happy because now there is more security in their classrooms and more hygiene when they eat their meals and use the restrooms. They feel very excited about this beautiful blessing that came to their community.
How has this intervention benefitted the church and community?
We are very happy to be able to work with the children in the community Los Pocitos. The community is amazed to see how the church is helping. Parents of children who attend say they now have a place to go and where children can be well cared for.
Beneficiary child Mauricio Jose Gutierrez Velasquez, 12:
What was your life like before the intervention was implemented?
It has changed since the child development center came to the community. Before, when I came out from school I went to the countryside to look for lizards to play with around other children, but now I go to the center in the new building. I still get to play with other children, but I learn new things and I like that a lot. I have learned about God.
How has your life changed now that this project is complete?
Before this intervention I did not attend any church. Now I go with my aunt and I feel happy to be able to share with the members of the church and learn from God. I like Sunday school a lot.
What would you like to say to those who provided the financial support for this work?
God bless you. Thank you very much for your support. Before this, we did not have a place as beautiful as this. Now we have classrooms, bathrooms and a great church building. Thank you very much.