Place: El Limonal, Nicaragua
Community: El Limonal
Avery lives in El Limonal with his parents and 3 siblings. His favorite subject is math and he wants to be a chef when he grows up. Avery enjoys helping around the house in his free time by keeping it clean and taking care of his younger sister. Avery says his goals are to pass his grade and to learn more in the discipleship program. Avery would like to improve his community by installing garbage bins so that people stop throwing their trash in the streets. When asked what would make him happy, Avery said he would like to have a bike, to always be healthy, and that more people would attend church.
El Limonal sits adjacent to the city of Chinandega's municipal dump. Chinandega is the 4th largest municipality in Nicaragua. It's mostly a working class business hub and there isn't a whole lot of flare to this place. The farther in the outskirts of the city you go, the more poverty you will encounter. The city's trash dump, El Limonal, is the location of SuNica's first education and discipleship program. Many families pick through the trash in this dump site everyday looking for recyclables or anything else they can sell to make a living. When we first stumbled upon this community in 2009, we found kids picking through trash when they should have been in school. As is the case in most rural communities in Nicaragua, most of the boys feel pressure around the age of 14 to leave school to begin working in the agriculture industry. The girls come under pressure to get married and start families as early as 15, which also leaves them with no chance of enhancing their job prospects through education.