Jeanine Stewart Lupisella ’87/ MS ’92 and her family spent a month in El Sauce helping to buildan elementary school and ce...
Las Minitas, School ConstructionLas Minitas is a small mountain community outside of El Sauce. Residents lobbied thegovern...
The10-mile ride from El Sauceto Las Minitas took over anhour due to the steep inclineand rough terrain.
A small truck was used to ferrypeople, materials and suppliesto the top of the mountain.
The school that was replaced wasa simple structure made of woodbeams and an aluminum roof.
The school had a dirt floor, adilapidated white board, anddesks in need of repair.
The new school was built upon theold school. The old school structurewas utilized for shade as long aspossible.
Rebar was used to reinforcethe concrete columns andsupport beams.
Four lengths of rebar were joinedtogether using rectangularsupports, and then tied togetherusing metal twist ties.
The first week was devoted to diggingthe foundation and constructing therebar supports for the concretecolumns.
All the water used duringconstruction came from anearby well.
The water was pumpedthrough a long hose andthen carried in bucketsup to the building site.
Water was used to soakthe bricks before theywere laid down.
Everyone of all ages helped bring the bricks from the brick pile to the masons.
Once the foundation wascompleted, the brick wallswent up rather quickly.
Throughout construction, the wallsneeded to be kept moist. Water waspoured over the walls frequently.
Once the wall was a specified height, concrete wasthen poured down chutes to create the main supportbeams.
Special care was taken to preparethe wall in the front of the school.
Sand, stone and cement wereused to make concrete andmortar.
Digging the school’s latrinetook more than two days toreach the correct depth.
After leaving Nicaragua, thefloor, roof, windows and doorswere installed.
BeforeAfter
BeforeAfter
At the grand openingceremony on Feb. 11, 2012,the students were immediatelydrawn to the new books whichwere on the shelves...
Everyone celebrating the grand opening, which includedspeeches, performances and a skit.
El SauceWe lived with Alida in the village of El Sauce whenwe were not in Minitas constructing the school. Sheis one of se...
Las Minitas
The School Promotion Ceremony  Families in Las Minitas celebrated promotion from  first grade while we were in Nicaragua. ...
Coffee ProductionMembers of the Los Altos de Ocotal cooperative who arebuilding tourism in El Sauce are mainly subsistence...
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
Mission Driven: Life and building a school in Nicaragua
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Jeanine Stewart Lupisella '87/ MS '92 was part of a group of SUNY Geneseo alumni, staff, students and friends and supporters who raised money to open the first elementary school in Las Minitas, Nicaragua. The family spent a month there building the school. They share their experiences living and working

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  1. 1. Jeanine Stewart Lupisella ’87/ MS ’92 and her family spent a month in El Sauce helping to buildan elementary school and celebrated its grand opening Feb. 11, 2012. Here are some of theirexperiences living with families and working with the community.
  2. 2. Las Minitas, School ConstructionLas Minitas is a small mountain community outside of El Sauce. Residents lobbied thegovernment for four years to obtain a permanent teacher for their children in elementaryschool. First, the teacher taught in a yard. Fathers then used salvaged wood to build a shelter.Geneseo alumni, staff, students and many members of the public and friends raised more than$11,000 to build a permanent school.
  3. 3. The10-mile ride from El Sauceto Las Minitas took over anhour due to the steep inclineand rough terrain.
  4. 4. A small truck was used to ferrypeople, materials and suppliesto the top of the mountain.
  5. 5. The school that was replaced wasa simple structure made of woodbeams and an aluminum roof.
  6. 6. The school had a dirt floor, adilapidated white board, anddesks in need of repair.
  7. 7. The new school was built upon theold school. The old school structurewas utilized for shade as long aspossible.
  8. 8. Rebar was used to reinforcethe concrete columns andsupport beams.
  9. 9. Four lengths of rebar were joinedtogether using rectangularsupports, and then tied togetherusing metal twist ties.
  10. 10. The first week was devoted to diggingthe foundation and constructing therebar supports for the concretecolumns.
  11. 11. All the water used duringconstruction came from anearby well.
  12. 12. The water was pumpedthrough a long hose andthen carried in bucketsup to the building site.
  13. 13. Water was used to soakthe bricks before theywere laid down.
  14. 14. Everyone of all ages helped bring the bricks from the brick pile to the masons.
  15. 15. Once the foundation wascompleted, the brick wallswent up rather quickly.
  16. 16. Throughout construction, the wallsneeded to be kept moist. Water waspoured over the walls frequently.
  17. 17. Once the wall was a specified height, concrete wasthen poured down chutes to create the main supportbeams.
  18. 18. Special care was taken to preparethe wall in the front of the school.
  19. 19. Sand, stone and cement wereused to make concrete andmortar.
  20. 20. Digging the school’s latrinetook more than two days toreach the correct depth.
  21. 21. After leaving Nicaragua, thefloor, roof, windows and doorswere installed.
  22. 22. BeforeAfter
  23. 23. BeforeAfter
  24. 24. At the grand openingceremony on Feb. 11, 2012,the students were immediatelydrawn to the new books whichwere on the shelves.Volunteers were able to outfitthe school with books, wallmaps and other resourcesoften not available in schools.
  25. 25. Everyone celebrating the grand opening, which includedspeeches, performances and a skit.
  26. 26. El SauceWe lived with Alida in the village of El Sauce whenwe were not in Minitas constructing the school. Sheis one of several host families with whom Geneseostudents and volunteers stay with during service-learning and academic trips. At night, we attendedthe English class organized by Geneseo.
  27. 27. Las Minitas
  28. 28. The School Promotion Ceremony Families in Las Minitas celebrated promotion from first grade while we were in Nicaragua. We were excited to join in the event, and the community party that community leader Gustavo Martinez held. It was the final event held in the old school before the shelter was torn down and replaced. Kids used to have to walk to another settlement to attend classes.
  29. 29. Coffee ProductionMembers of the Los Altos de Ocotal cooperative who arebuilding tourism in El Sauce are mainly subsistencefarmers, growing enough to eat for their families. Theyalso raise coffee and live in the traditional way – noelectricity or machine-based production. Everything ishand harvested, roasted, ground and bagged.
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