As I reflect on the past year, I am proud to be a part of the Fabretto Community. In 2014, Fabretto’s holistic approach to education made a tangible difference in the lives of thousands of children and youth. By working together with the entire community—students, parents, teachers, and supporters like you—we’ve moved closer to our shared goal: ensuring that all children in Nicaragua reach their full potential and a better future.

This year, we challenged ourselves to strengthen our innovative approaches to education. We were honored to receive recognition for our early education program as a winner of the LEGO Foundation/Ashoka Changemakers Re-Imagine Learning Challenge. As a result, we joined a network of global leaders in education and will continue dialogue on best practices in the field. In response to the coffee rust crisis, our rural education program (SAT) strengthened its “learning by earning” approach. Thanks to Fabretto’s alliances with corporate partners Mayorga Organics and Burke Agro, youth were empowered to generate vital income for their families as they learned how to diversify their family farms with organic chia, honey, and tropical fruit.

Looking ahead, I am excited to share our geographic expansion to the Southern Caribbean Coast region of Nicaragua (RACCS). Through a USAID-funded project, Fabretto’s primary and secondary education programs will benefit over 5,000 children and youth living in some of the region’s most impoverished rural communities.

It’s been an incredible journey over the past 25 years. In 1989, when I first arrived in Nicaragua as a volunteer, our beneficiaries numbered just a few hundred; today, Fabretto supports thousands of children and is backed by a strong network of donors, child sponsors, and volunteers. Whether you are a long-time supporter or a new friend, I’d like to thank you for your role in the Fabretto Community. Together, we are continuing Padre Fabretto’s legacy and lifetime of service by bringing hope to thousands of children and youth.