Superemos annual report for 2016

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Annual Report - 2016

2016 was another successful year for our programs which continue to evolve in response to the needs of the communities we serve. Through 2016 we tried to maintain an integrated balance between our projects so that each one contributes to the development of the others. Our core programs continue to be secondary education for women, music and dance education for children, our program addressing domestic violence, skills training for women and adolescents and preventive health care. We also maintained our support for the "Sinai" community preschool.

In January, we finished what for us was a major remodeling project to improve the cafeteria and classroom space available for our programs. We hosted another very successful medical brigade in February  2016 and a successful international guitar congress in July. We also organized two week-long teacher training workshops for rural primary school teaches in the far north of Nicaragua. Throughout the year we supported an important preventive dental health program carried out by Boston University's school of dental medicine.

To everyone who helped us through 2016 we are very grateful both for the indispensable financial support we have received and also for the concern and guidance various supporters have given us to help evaluate and improve the way we measure the impact of our programs so as to be able to assign resources to our various projects in a cost-effective way.

Improved infrastructure

new kitchen

new kitchen

new dance area

new classroom area designed for the dance classes


improving access between the main classrooms

Secondary Education - Estelí Women's School


Teacher Joxer Reyes teaching physics to women night class students

In 2016, the Estelí Women's School secondary education program assisted 67 low income women students.

The students studied from 6pm to 9pm three nights a week with extra tuition in the month prior to the twice yearly exams, supervised by Ministry of Education staff from Managua.

The program guarantees our women students transport home to their barrios each night they attend class.

Our students also receive medical and counseling support and, as in past years, can also choose to take computer classes held on Thursdays and Saturdays.

This year our students performed exceptionally well in every subject except mathematics.

Our second level students in particular unexpectedly had very poor results which our teaching staff are trying hard to redress. In summary, our exam results in the end of year examination cycle were as follows:

First Level (1st, 2nd, 3rd year) No. of
% Pass Pass Fail No
English 29 75 100 % 29 0 0
Spanish Language and Literature 29 70 97 % 28 1 0
Natural Sciences 29 66 83 % 24 5 0
Social Sciences 29 67 90 % 26 2 1
Mathematics 29 55 62 % 18 11 0
Second level (4th and 5th year)            
English 38 72 92 % 35 3 0
Spanish Language and Literature 38 64 92 % 35 2 1
Biology and Chemistry 38 63 82 % 31 7 0
Social sciences 38 68 95 % 36 2 0
Mathematics 38 52 32 % 12 26 0
Physics 38 73 100 % 38 0 0


Sones Segovianos

guitar congress
Edward Grigassy with participants in the guitar congress

In 2016, the Music and Dance Education program maintained the number of dance students at 30 and number of music students at 60. The program supports classes for another 15 young students in the town of Palacagüina about 70km north of Estelí.

The music program teaches choral singing, music reading via the Suzuki method, individual instruments, guitar ensemble and orchestral playing. These music activities are certified by Nicaragua's Institute of Culture.

As in previous years, students learn both classical music and traditional Nicaraguan music. In 2016 the program started art classes for a group of 15 children.


guitar congress
Students practice for a concert

Every two months or so the program organizes a public concert for the students to perform what they have learned. 

It is the only program providing this mixture of group and individual music, dance and art education to children from low income families in Estelí. The program coordinates its activities with the Institute of Culture and with the cultural activities program of the local municipal authority.

From July 7th to July 9th, 2016, Superemos hosted the second Nicaragua Guitar Congress organized by guitar educator Edward Grigassy.

This event brought together musicians from all over Nicaragua with visitors too from the United States, El Salvador, Spain and Guatemala. The Congress aims to improve the teaching of guitar and involved both educators and students in three days of workshops.

Addressing domestic violence

Community promoters in a training activity

Our program addressing the prevalence of domestic violence continued its outreach work in local communities as well as providing legal advice and counseling for family members suffering abuse. The program team consists of one psychologist and a lawyer supported at different times throughout the year by final year students from the social work and psychology faculties of the local campus of Nicaragua's National Autonomous University.

We maintain our close liaison with the local Ministry of the Family, the local police and public prosecutor's office as well as the local court system. In 2016 the team began work with with the Ministry of Health's Casa Materna hostel doing educational work with expectant mothers from rural areas. 

The outreach work now consists of educational workshops and self-help groups in 17 rural communities around the city of Estelí with a schedule of eight workshops a month. Towards the end of 2016 the program brought together around 16 community promoters from around Estelí for a program of four monthly workshops to improve their community work skills.

Over the year, the program psychologist worked with 43 women and children giving psychological attention and counseling. The program's lawyer assisted 27 cases requiring legal advice and support. The program maintains a shelter which cared for 30 people victims of abuse over the year including women, adolescents and children who, once they leave the refuge, receive follow up from the program.


Pre-school educator Edelma Acuña with students

Superemos continues to support the Sinai community preschool program that we have supported since 2001. The preschool is sited in what used to be the western outskirts of Estelí, which have now been overtaken by the rapid urban development resulting from significant migration to Estelí from across the rest of central northern and north west Nicaragua.

Families move to Estelí attracted by the chance of employment in Estelí's thriving cigar industry. The area the preschool serves is a district of low income families with a high incidence of single mothers and one where many adult women are at work all day.

In 2016, the program taught and cared for 47 students throughout the year aged from two years old to six years old. The program has two qualified pre-school educators and a teaching assistant as well as an assistant to help with cooking. The program provides breakfast and lunch as well as a morning and afternoon snack.

The educators are supervised by Nicaragua's Ministry of Education and follow the Ministry's curriculum to prepare the children for primary school. Local families have a strong incentive to take advantage of the preschool because their children age five before before the start of the new school year can start primary school so long as they have a valid preschool diploma. Without the diploma, children have to wait until age six to be able to start primary school the following year.

Health care

In 2016, the health program consisted of:

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Medical delegation see mother and child in a rural health post
  •  64 twice weekly workshops on preventive health as part of the program of the Estelí Women's School with an average participation of 48 women per week;
  • counseling and psychological support to 8 to 12 women students of the Estelí Women's School each month;
  • weekly attention by a woman doctor for over 40 patients a month from among the students of the Estelí Women's School. If these students  need attention such as papanicolau exams, ultrasounds or mammograms, the Superemos doctor coordinates this follow up with the local health centre.
  • weekly monitoring of on average 8-12 patients with chronic illnesses like high blood pressure and diabetes;
  • medicines at cost price to patients among our community program participants;
  • purchasing medicines for patients who cannot afford to pay for them (on average 6-8 patients per month);
  • paying for laboratory tests for patients unable to afford them (on average 2 patients a month);
  • monthly preventive health activities in five local communities for a total of over 300 children aged 2 to 12 focusing on skin and scalp care, anti-parasite medicine and dental hygiene;

Superemos also coordinates with the local health center follow up with patients seen by the annual medical delegation. This follow up usually lasts for a period of three months and usually involves over two hundred patients).

medical brigade
Dr. Henshaw oversees a fluoride varnish application

In 2016 the medical delegation had three components, a medical brigade coordinated by Dr. Peter Loewinthan, another medical brigade coordinated by Dr. Larry Molina and a dental medicine brigade from the Henry S. Goldman School of Dental Medicine of Boston University.

Dr. Molina's brigade lasted one week and visited five communities in the municipality of Esteli. Dr. Loewinthan's brigade lasted three weeks and visited fifteen communities in three municipalities, Estelí, La Trinidad and San Nicolas. The dental medicine brigade worked for one week in Estelí's municipal health center. In total the brigades attended well over 2000 patients.

In addition to these medical brigades, Superemos continued throughout the year to facilitate a pilot preventive dental health program serving over 800 children in preschools in the city of Estelí. This program is coordinated by Dr. Michelle Henshaw of the Henry S. Goldman School of Dental Medicine of Boston University.

The  program coordinates with Nicaragua's Ministry of Health and Ministry of the Family teaching local preschool educators to apply fluoride varnish four times a year as part of a five year study to evaluate the effectiveness of these applications in improving children's dental health at an early age so as to prevent or diminish the chances of dental disease in later life.

Skills training activities

Our skills training program works very closely with our other education, social work and health programs, for example by sharing transport costs on visits out to local communities around Estelí, or producing inputs and providing services the other programs would otherwise have to pay for elsewhere.


In 2016 Superemos coordinated with the local municipal vocational training program
providing space and equipment for sewing workshops training
over 40 women in weekly trainings throughout the year.


solar panels

Preparing photovoltaic cells for a solar panel. The solar panel  workshop trained over 20 people
in two formal training workshops and also informal training activities over the year
with 6 to 8 adolescents and students participating in other Superemos program activities.


gef san nicolas

Primary school teachers during a training in San Nicolas. The secondary education training team
trained another 50 rural primary school teachers in two week-long workshops during the end
of semester break in July. The activities served rural primary school teachers from rural communities
 in the municipalities of Estelí and San Nicolás.


amparo painting

The ceramic workshops trained fewer people in 2016 than the year before because the ceramics team have been
focusing on production activites. Over the year, a total of 5 to 8 people participated in an informal way
learning basic ceramic skills, like how to use moulds and painting.



Another 20 women and adolescents learned craft skills such as making jewellery and piñatas over the year.


computer skills

Superemos runs computer skills training classes for over 30 women and adolescents a month.

computer skills

Since 2015 Superemos has offered audio visual skills training
to over 20 young people each month in Managua

Social work hardship fund

Superemos operates a hardship fund which this year helped over 40 people from families in need of material or financial help. For example:

  • costs of traveling to Managua for a medical appointment;
  • solar panels for families in communities without electricity;
  • overnight accommodation for low income patients from remote rural areas with medical appointments in Estelí or the nearby hospital at La Trinidad;
  • families needing help with house repairs;
  • food, clothing and shoes for impoverished families in need
  • coordinating medical costs with the foundation's health program


Dr. Agustin Velloso

Institutional relations

Superemos maintains very good relations with local institutions such as the Health Ministry, the Ministry of the Family, the Institute of Culture, the local Police, local municipal authorities and the local campus of Nicaragua's National Autonomous University.

The positive cooperation the foundation has developed with these institutions over the years has greatly facilitated our community work.

In October of 2016 we facilitated a visit of three weeks by Dr. Agustín Velloso of the University of Distance Education in Madrid to work in an advisory capacity with staff of the Nicaragua's National Autonomous University in Estelí.

Dr. Velloso visited various programs of the UNAN Estelí in surrounding areas and also participated in an activity to launch Nicaragua's Open On-line University in Managua.




Income and expenditure 2016

Superemos Foundation  
Income and expenditure report for 2016 US$
Brought forward from 2015 39780
Donated income  
Dot House Health Multi Service Center 26400
Global Education Fund 10564
Japan Help for Nicaragua Association 700
Peter Loewinthan and friends 47300
Proyectos Sociales Albanisa 8800
Various individual donations 5965
Private foundation 59000
Local contributions 1266
Bank interests 332
Total income 200107
Computer skills program 9583
Preventive Health Care 10953
Social work/family violence program 20506
Music Education 22973
Preschool support 5880
Skills training 22757
Women's secondary education 21415
Ayuda humanitaria 3974
Administration 21773
Site maintenance/remodelling 17654
Medical delegation and patient follow up 22950
Teacher trainings 6270
Bank commissions and charges 577
Total expenditure 187265
Carried forward to 2017 12842