Arlen

Education and Discipleship

Age: 15

Place: Salinas Grande, Nicaragua

Project: Student Sponsorships

Gender: Female

Community: Salinas Grande

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Arlen's favorite subject is English and her favorite food is carne asada. Arlen says that being with her family makes her happy. Her goal is to finish her studies and become an English translator. Arlen helps out around the house by sweeping, washing, and cooking. To improve her community, she would like to clean it up.

Salinas Grande, which means "big salts," is a fishing community on the west coast of Nicaragua. The town is named for a the salt production facility that operates nearby. Most of the boys are becoming fishermen or leaving to work in the agriculture industry around the age of 14 or 15 without completing high school. The girls are under cultural pressure to get "married" and have kids by the age of 15, which leaves them with no hope of completing their studies either.  SuNica's Discipleship & Education program is built to make it easier for them to stay in school, and also provides an opportunity to learn what it means to follow Christ. Since 2015, SuNica has come alongside the community to support the youth and recently, complete a full scale Clean Water project, piping water directly to each of the 460 homes.