Spirituality can be seen most concretely in the many service projects our students enthusiastically support throughout the year. They develop leadership skills while organizing and participating in projects that involve the entire community and gain perspective as they extend to and engage the world beyond.
Each March, during the spring vacation, Canterbury chaperones a group of upper form students to Nicaragua to volunteer with the Fabretto Children’s Foundation (www.Fabretto.org), an organization with which Canterbury enjoys a long and sustained relationship. Through education and health services, the Fabretto organization aims to break the cycle of poverty, which traps so many children in remote communities. Canterbury students work specifically in the communities of Cusmapa and Esteli.
In Cusmapa, a remote agricultural community located near the Honduran border, students commit to a week of labor projects. On recent trips, Canterbury volunteers have constructed adobe kitchens for the Fabretto “oratorios,” or learning centers and reconstructed or fortified individual homes of Fabretto families.
Canterbury volunteers have also participated in reforestation and irrigation projects recently.
In Esteli, Nicaragua’s third largest city, Canterbury volunteers work with children of the La Cruz community. Known as “people of the dump,” the members of the La Cruz community live within the Esteli city dump and make their living picking through the trash heaps. In La Cruz, volunteers have worked closely with the Fabretto staff to create a community garden which supplements the Fabretto lunch program. Each year when our volunteers return, they amplify, recondition, and maintain these gardens. Canterbury volunteers have also built hand washing stations and engaged with students teaching healthy practices and proper hygiene.
Canterbury students annually sponsor children in the Fabretto program and prepare for the March trip by collecting school supplies, athletic equipment, and textbooks.