our programs

Fabretto offers educational, health, nutrition, and community development programs that benefit more than 12,000 children. While our primary focus is children, our community-based approach ensures that parents, teachers, and community leaders also receive the knowledge they need to create an environment
where children can thrive.

Fabretto delivers its programs to children and community members in seven community Education Centers and more than one hundred primary schools throughout Nicaragua. Fabretto offers programs in five strategic areas to support our mission to empower underserved children and their families in Nicaragua to reach their full potential, improve their livelihoods, and take advantage of economic opportunity through education and nutrition.

Learn more about a specific program by clicking below:

Early and Primary EducationRural Secondary Education (SAT)Vocational and Life Skills EducationFood Security and NutritionCommunity Well-being and Development

Early and Primary Education

Fabretto believes early and primary education is the foundation for future learning. Through this program, children participate in activities such as tutoring in language, mathematics, science, computer education, and English classes; sports; music and art; and reading clubs. Fabretto’s teachers are trained to support the learning process with new and effective methodologies, and help direct parents to actively participate in their children’s education. In 2014, Fabretto introduced a new module of formal education in which students receive regular, Ministry of Education-accredited preschool and primary classes at Fabretto education centers.

  • Support learning through enrichment in literacy, mathematics, English, sports, culture, and the arts
  • Nourish healthy children and communities through the school lunch program and community gardens
  • Ensure quality instruction through teacher training
  • Strengthen early education by training preschool teachers in Montessori philosophy
  • Train parents to support their children in early development, communication, nutrition, health, and hygiene
  • Enrich the learning process with teaching resources, books, small libraries, and additional educational materials
  • Introduce new technology through computer labs and technology classes
  • Offer high quality formal preschool and primary education, with Fabretto-trained teachers, outreach, and learning resources

Read our Early and Primary Education Enrichment Brochure.


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Rural Secondary Education (SAT)


Fabretto recognizes access to secondary education as a basic human right. In 2007, Fabretto implemented an innovative high-school program called the SAT program for its initials in Spanish (Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial) in remote, rural communities. The SAT curriculum is built on four main pillars: mathematics, science, language & communication, and community service. Students also learn how to identify economic opportunities in their communities and develop small business initiatives (such as cash crops, bee keeping, raising chickens, etc.) through student-run cooperatives.

  • Deliver quality secondary education to 27 underserved communities
  • Promote community service through the SAT curriculum and community clean ups, repairs, and campaigns
  • Train 34 specialized tutors in SAT methodology
  • Develop two student cooperatives that fund student initiatives
  • Organize internships and facilitate entrepreneurial efforts that have lead to 12 student-operated, income generating businesses so far

Read our Rural Secondary Education (SAT) Brochure.


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Vocational and Life Skills Education

Fabretto knows that young people need marketable skills in order to take advantage of economic opportunities. High school students enrolled in public schools participate in enrichment activities, providing them with pertinent academic and technical skills. Students have the opportunity to develop and execute small business activities in order to apply the skills that they learn in the classroom.

  • Provide 500 students with technical and marketable skills
  • Broaden horizons with computer classes to build technology skills
  • Improve student capacities in language, communication, and mathematics for practical use
  • Inspire entrepreneurship in students and facilitate the creation of business initiatives
  • Grow fresh fruits and vegetables for Fabretto’s school lunch programs

Read our Vocational and Life Skills Education Brochure.


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Food Security and Nutrition

Fabretto provides substantive meals to children, contributing to their growth and development. In response to high malnutrition levels, Fabretto implements a school lunch program that provides our students with a nourishing meal every weekday. Produce from Fabretto-sponsored school gardens fortify the daily meals. The program also includes an educational component, training parents and students in nutrition and sustainable agriculture.

  • Prevent and treat malnutrition through daily school lunches, which represent 60% of a child’s recommended daily nutrition
  • Encourage healthy eating habits and the development of home and school gardens
  • Protect the planet and maximize production by teaching sustainable agriculture techniques to students and community members
  • Invest in local businesses by buying from small farmers and producing for local markets

Read our Food Security and Nutrition Brochure.


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Community Well-being and Development

Fabretto creates safe and healthy communities so that children and families can prosper. Parents, teachers, and students learn about important ways to prevent illnesses and improve health and hygienic conditions in their homes and communities. Fabretto also supports local projects that improve water systems and school infrastructure.

  • Spread knowledge of public health through parent and community workshops on preventative health, oral hygiene, water treatment, waste management, and environmental issues
  • Unite groups of students and community members for to promote wellness through activities such as health awareness campaigns, community clean ups, and more
  • Mobilize communities to improve quality of life by executing projects such as expanding classrooms, fixing water systems, or repairing school facilities
  • Treat common illnesses, such as parasites, with the support of local doctors
  • Bring care to students with special health needs and medical challenges

Read our Community Well-being and Development Brochure.


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