Nueva Guinea, Nicaragua.

Bob and Barbara Kelly have been married for 35 years and have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. They served as missionaries in Central America, primarily Nicaragua, during the 1990’s working with orphanages, schools, Bible Institutes, and churches. From 1997 to 2010 they have pastored the Spanish speaking congregation of Grace Outreach Center in Plano, TX.

In May, 2010, they returned to Nicaragua to work in the rural community of Nueva Guinea (5-6 hours from Managua), helping to develop a Christian school and a medical clinic. The vision is to not only give the children a quality education, but to also do several things: 1) Teach them a Christian worldview  2) Have quality science programs  3) See them fully bilingual when they finish high school and 4) Develop a quality music program.

There is in place an excellent team to work with – In Managua, a Nicaraguan foundation “Fundación Nicaragüense para el Auxilio y Desarrollo (FUNAD)” which has been working with the poor of Nicaragua since the early 90s, and in Nueva Guinea, Rodíver & Victoria Amador have spent the last 15 years ministering to children, including more than 50 children that have passed through their mini orphanage.

Read more about The Kelly’s work on their Blog page and Website.

The Kellys are now receiving donations through their organization “NACE(email contact naceemail ).

Zoya Ministries will continue to handle donations for them for the next several months.

Colegio Cristiano Manto de Gracia

“Colegio Cristiano Manto de Gracia” started its first full school year in February of 2010 with preschool, first, and second grades. We plan to add a grade every year through high school.

The school’s vision is to provide a quality, biblically-based education that emphasizes:

  1. Reading Nicaraguans typically do not read beyond what is necessary, including teachers. We want to develop a passion for reading in our students and, for that reason, have established a lending library (which is very rare in Nicaragua). We also plan to take a mobile library to even poorer communities.
  2. Music Nicaraguan marching bands primarily consist of drums, with an occasional horn. We know that music is important in one’s personal development, and we’d like to develop a quality program.
  3. Science In Nueva Guinean high schools, the sciences are only taught from a book (which is often shared by many students). We’d like to have labs and more hands on teaching.

Outside of the school :

  1. A children’s Bible Club for the barrio
  2. An after school reading club
  3. After school soccer and basketball for girls and boys

Soon :

  1. An after school English club
  2. Library / Bible club outreaches to other communities

While these may seem basic for American schools, they are significant goals for Nicaragua, especially in this rural community.

Clínica Médica Manto de Gracia

In the summer of 2007, Zoya ministries sponsored a week long clinic at the FUNAD home, and it was then we realized that we needed to support the medical care for the needy in Nueva Guinea.

  1. Support health education and basic information about life styles, foods, etc.
  2. Support periodical medical attention to those needing it along with the necessary medicine.
  3. Support consistent follow up for the children attending the school.
  4. Sponsor medical clinic in remote communities.

The Need

    1. Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America and the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, right after Haiti.

 

  • The unemployment rate for 15 – 24 year olds is 8.5 percent. However, Nicaragua ranks 110thout of 161 countries in highest unemployment therefore doing relatively well in terms of ensuring employment for its citizens.
  • Over 46 percent of the population is living below the poverty line.
  • In 2016, 23.7% of the adult population was obese, 63rd highest adult obesity rate out of 192 countries.
  • The life expectancy at birth for an average male is 72 yrs and 78 yrs for average female. Generally, the most promising fact as it indicates the relative general health of the population.
  • Infant mortality rate is 17 deaths for every 1,000 live births vs. just under 6 infant deaths/per 1,000 live births in the United States.

 

    1. Labor force participation rate in 2017 was 66.6% and rate of self-employment was 45.1% which is average for developing countries.
    2. Around 300,000 people in Nicaragua need food assistance. With many people’s livelihoods tied to the unpredictability of the weather, there are a significant number in need of help.

 

  • Annual minimum wage on average is $2,218/yr. 72 countries have higher minimum wage than Nicaragua.
  • In 2017, there were 55 reported cases of gender-based killing of women. In June 2017, an amendment to the Comprehensive Law on Violence against Women was approved.

 

The Vision

Equip the next generation with a good education with a Christian worldview to effect permanent and continual change in the community and the nation.

In 2010, Bob & Barbara Kelly left Plano, Texas to return to the small community of Nueva Guinea, 5 hours from Managua.  They started Colegio Cristiano Manto de Gracia, an elementary school with preschool, first, and second grades. Each year since, they’ve added a grade every year and are planning their first high school graduation in 2020.  The school’s vision is to provide a quality, biblically-based education that emphasizes:

  • Developing a passion for Reading including the establishment of a lending library.
  • Music program that promotes overall student development.
  • Hands on Science Labs (In Nueva Guinean high schools, the sciences are only taught from a book (which is often shared by many students).
  • English classes to graduate fully bilingual high school students,

The school is endorsed by the state agency FUNAD (Spanish acronym for “Nicaraguan Foundation for Aid and Development”) which has been involved in making small business loans and helping children without families. FUNAD also has a family placed in Nueva Guinea, a home for children since the mid 90’s with more than 50 children having been in their care at some time or another.

Zoya Support

In the summer of 2007, Zoya sponsored a week long clinic at the FUNAD home, and it was then we realized that we needed to support the medical care for the needy in Nueva Guinea in addition to our support of the school.  Your continued support enables us to:

  • Support health education and basic information about life styles, foods, etc.
  • Support periodical medical attention to those needing it along with the necessary medicine.
  • Support consistent follow up for the children attending the school.
  • Sponsor medical clinic in remote communities.