Nicaragua Education InitiativeThe Nicaragua Education Initiative focuses on specific educational projects that empower youth and community members in the town of Chacraseca, a rural community in western Nicaragua. For the past 10 years, Bard students have been going to Chacraseca for three weeks in January and living with members of the community. Throughout our relationship with Chacraseca, this project has gone from hurricane relief to focusing on ways to create a form of sustainable education. We tutor community members ranging from 5 to 21 years old in English and organize art projects as a means of creative expression. We strive to maintain a presence within the community even when we are back at Bard, through continuous fund-raising for scholarships and supporting an English teacher in Chacraseca on the weekends. Our project endeavors to provide community members with the opportunity to achieve an education and gives Bard students a unique perspective on both the similarities and differences of a new culture.