November Magic

November is a magical month. The leaves are changing – well, I hear they change colors in places other than Texas, there is a crispness in the air (once again, other than Texas), and Thanksgiving is coming up!

All wonderful things. But that is not why November is magical for me.

For all of us at With One Hope, November is magical because it is Nicaragua’s graduation month. You see, Nicaragua’s school year runs from February to November. That means every November children all across the country are getting promoted.

So for us at With One Hope, November is when we see the fruits of our labor. November is when we watch children in our schools proudly step forward when their name is called at graduation. And November is when we can share our joy with all of you, our supporters.

So what is going to happen this November??

Because of your support, there are 170+ MORE children that are going to graduate or promote this November!!

But that’s not all that is happening! Let’s look at the numbers!!

First of all, over the past 3 years we have helped start and/or grow 7 schools; 6 preschools and 1 primary school. In 2009, before we got involved, only 3 of those schools existed and less than 50 students were enrolled.

Now, those same 3 schools and the new 4 schools we have helped start serve more than 750 children!!!

That is an increase of more than 700 children attending school!

The graph on the right shows how many more children have started attending school every year (each box represents 10 children). Let that graphic sink in for a second.

YOUR support has enabled more than 720 children to attend school that would not have attended otherwise!! That’s a lot of children, but for me it is about more than children – it’s about schools years. When you add up all the time those 720 children have spent in school it becomes almost overwhelming for me to think about.

Over the past three years, YOU have helped us add more than 1500 years of education to Nicaragua’s poorest communities!

In a country where the average child only completes 5 years of education, that is HUGE and you are helping us turn the tide. If you don’t believe me, just ask the 170 children that will be graduating from our schools this year to go on to the next level of the education. Or better yet, ask their mothers if what we are doing matters.

Do you see why November is so magical for me? It reminds me that we CAN make a difference in the lives of these children. More than that, it reminds me that TOGETHER we ALREADY ARE making a difference. That we are sharing love with the unloved and giving hope to the hopeless by furthering education.

It makes me smile, and I hope it makes you smile too!

After all, you are helping us make a difference in the lives of these children, and for that we are ALL eternally grateful!

I have much more to share, and will soon, so be on the look out for more blog posts!

Chris & the With One Hope Team


  1. R&D Middleton says:

    Wow! Shows what can be done with God’s help and lots of love.

  2. John says:

    What a huge impact your organization is having! Makes me very happy to know my money is going to such a great cause! Keep up the great work!

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