The Earth Education Project

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We are a UK charity and a Nicaraguan foundation working in the rubbish dump community of La Chureca in Managua, Nicaragua to link women to jobs and second chances. Through a mix of job skill training, psychological development programmes, mentoring for the family, internships and scholarships, Earth Education Project prepares women living in situations of violence, and whom have not completed their formal education, to succeed both at work and in life. Upon completion of our training programme women are linked to jobs with our corporate partners.

In 2013 CHURECA CHIC was created, a fashion label that provides employment to a group of the women graduating the EEP programme by creating handmade jewellery from upcycled materials. CHURECA CHIC operates separately with the profits supporting some of our scholarship programme costs.

We know that through access to income and skills development women can break poverty cycles - not only for themselves, but for their families, communities, and countries too.


This summer 2018, we're raising funds to support our new programmes in response to the socio-political crisis that ensued in Nicaragua in April 2018.  

The current situation in Nicaragua

In April, a devastating sociopolitical crisis unfolded in Nicaragua. Over the last 4 months more than 250,000 Nicaraguans have lost their jobs, over 400 people have been killed, there are reports of over 1000 people missing, roadblocks sprung up across the country and the economy plummeted. Commerce has been next to nothing in Managua and the rest of the country.

How the crisis has affected us

The safety of our students and staff was affected and we had to close on several occasions due to the violence on the streets. Sales at Chureca Chic dropped by 60% from one day to the next, and partners of Earth Education Project (EEP), those that offer jobs to the EEP graduates, also began to close. Chureca Chic as a business usually covers the rent, electricity and admin costs of EEP as well as paying their own running costs. We were faced with a serious drop in income for both entities and a gloomy job market for the students in the scholarship programme. For us, closing was not an option, as we exist to support the most vulnerable, who in these situations are the most affected.

Our bet to continue

Those that have followed us through this time will have seen that we rewrote the script, daily. We partnered up with several entrepreneurs and other community organizations. We searched for alternatives to keep the projects alive and we did not cut any jobs or scholarships.

With the current sociopolitical context we have redesigned our job skill training programme together with current and new employment partners to ensure jobs for the class for 2018. We are adding an entrepreneurship component together with a local NGO partner and, a job skill refresher programme for EEP graduates who have lost their jobs due to their places of work closing. We have the structure in place to impart these ‘crisis courses’ over 12 weeks before the end of the year.

Even though we continue to find solutions to this problem, there is a deficit in our funds for the scholarship programme. On August 1st, we decided to suspended operations whilst we raise funds to adequately respond to the crisis and the job market in what is this new context for the country and our community.  

We need support from our donor community to be able to start EEP classes and deliver the new courses with our partners and to keep on serving our mission: empowering and educating women from high-risk backgrounds.


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