Nicaragua has experienced a recent history of civil war and natural disaster. Its economy has suffered greatly from this history, and its people endure deep poverty and stand upon an inadequate educational system, which is based heavily in memorization. Leadership is lacking, as many of the older generation were killed in or displaced by the civil war in the 80‘s. Poverty has taken much of the people’s hope. Weak education has stifled their progress. A lack of leaders has left them without a place for discipleship.
We are a vocational discipleship school with 10 years of experience developing vo-tech education in the developing world. We seek to fill the current and future void of skilled workers; to give hope to young people who are seeking God by giving them certified vocational (Inatec) technical training and biblical discipleship. These are the youth who become God’s means to transform their communities with Gospel living by participating and tithing in their churches; sharing Christ with their families, communities, and co-workers. We provide a vocational program for a Christian school, serving their 187 secondary students. We also have a long-term, apprenticeship program.
Vocational training is an integral part of Nicaragua’s growing economy, as it seeks to catch up to the ever-advancing technology of the developed world. There is a negative stigma in Nicaraguan culture surrounding someone who works with their hands, and this must be broken for the arrival and growth of a professional, working class to fill the coming need and bridge the gap between the upper and lower classes of society. Students will have the opportunity to graduate with a nationally recognized certification in automotive mechanics, welding, carpentry, industrial sewing, and electricity.