April 1, 2020
Dear Friend,

I hope you and YOUR family are navigating through this uncertain time and staying safe. You are in our thoughts.

We are so grateful to have heard from many of you as we go through this together.

Thank you for your investment in literacy and education in rural Nicaragua. Your support continues to inspire hundreds of children, adolescents, youth, and their families.

I wanted to take a moment to update you on how COVID-19 has affected our communities in Nicaragua so you are aware of some of the changes we have made:

CREA Education Facilitator, Jimmy, works with participants on proper hand washing to prevent the spread of disease.
  • We have temporarily closed CREA’s doors to the public in an effort to prevent groups of people gathering 
  • We have moved to engage as many of CREA’s children, adolescent, youth, and family participants as possible through distance educational support 
  • We are focusing our efforts on health education by providing information on what coronavirus is, how to prevent the spread, and what to do if a case does emerge. Through our efforts, we’ll also be able to provide hygiene kits so families are empowered to take the steps to protect themselves and their communities.  

Education remains key, and is at the core of the CREA mission.
The local communities are feeling the ramifications of this global pandemic. While schools remain open, many children are not attending. Many businesses have closed their doors, causing economic stress on the individual family and community. Many are worried for their health, their jobs, their schooling, and their loved ones. 

While the coronavirus is affecting us all, we have the opportunity to engage as global citizens. 

You may be wondering, how can I help? Here are five ways to engage with CREA during this time:

  • Embody CREA’s vision of Minds Wide Open, and inform yourself about COVID-19 and how to prevent the spread. Please be mindful of your mental well-being as well. 
    We are in this together.
  • Share with us your favorite children, adolescent, and/or young adult books so we can be thinking ahead to continue to grow the CREA library!
  • If you have digital educational materials in Spanish, please send them along! We appreciate math and reading tips as well as exercises. We hope to be able to implement some of these ideas. 
  • We’d love to hear your creative ideas on how you are spending this time, especially the activities you are doing that do not require an Internet connection. We can share some of these with the local communities. 
  • Consider becoming a monthly donor to CREA or please connect with me on how you can continue to inspire children, adolescents, and youth during this time. 

CREA’s resilience is due to our incredible staff members, participants, Board of Directors, Advisory Council members, and you.

You make CREA possible. 

Stay safe. Stay healthy. 

Un abrazo virtual, 

Corrie Burdett
Executive Director
Corrie Burdett


The Nicaraguan Education Resource Center is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.