History of Fabretto Foundation:
Written by: Chelsea Jodsaas
The Fabretto Foundation is based in Managua, Nicaragua. They have seven education centers and are based in more than 250 schools nation wide. All together, Fabretto serves more than 18,000 students. The Fabretto Foundation was inspired by Padre Fabretto’s vision of having meaningful growth opportunities for children and youth in Nicaragua. His vision was that all children might have the opportunity to reach their full potential. There is also the hope that all children and adolescents will have access to quality education. Padre Fabretto was a Salesian missionary who journeyed from Italy to Nicaragua in 1948. Padre Fabretto was shocked by the number of impoverished children he encountered there. He quickly set up his first children’s home where he took in abandoned, abused and orphaned children to offer them a home, meals, education, religious education and counseling.
In 1989, Kevin Marinacci came to volunteer with Padre Fabretto. During that time Padre Fabretto passed away unexpectedly and Kevin took over the child centers. Today Kevin is the President of the Fabretto foundation and it has grown to include offices in Nicaragua, the United States and Spain. Fabretto is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is funded by donation, corporate partnerships as well as government grants.
Fabretto focuses on five different areas to support youth and communities; early and primary education, rural secondary education, vocational and life-skills education, food security and nutrition, and community well being and development
Fabretto Cross-Cultural Collaboration Introduction
Written by: Ursula Machado
Since the summer of 2014, teachers from One Fifty Parker Avenue School in San Francisco have taken a strong interest in and have been working to establish an ongoing relationship with the Fabretto Children’s Foundation in NIcaragua. A special partnership has evolved between our teachers and Fabretto’s leaders and educators throughout Nicaragua. Our purpose for volunteering with Fabretto has been to challenge our own teaching philosophies, to gain deeper perspectives of early childhood practices, to engage in a cross-cultural collaboration with international educators, and to continue our passion for on-going professional development through service-learning. Through this cross cultural partnership we are able to give back to others as we enrich ourselves personally and professionally. Every year we plan our volunteer project to be a balance of observing Nicaraguan teachers, exchanging curricular ideas, and establishing a community of global learners and professionals. In addition, we raise funds to support their needs including food expenses, school materials and supplies, teacher salaries, play structures and equipment, school garden projects, and classroom construction.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our journey, enabling us “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.” We look forward to sharing our experiences with you and planning ways to strengthen the communities both here at Parker and within the Fabretto schools in Nicaragua.
Here’s a recap of our work this summer summarized by Chelsea Jodsaas, Courtney Holton, Emily Schmidt, Kristin Silverman, and Ursula Machado
Sunday, August 7, 2016
We all began our journey from different places and met up in Dallas at the airport. To our surprise, Ursula showed up with Cesar Dubois, VP and Director of Programs at Fabretto. It was just by chance that we were passing each other. Cesar was ushering Fabretto students to the U.S. for a two week leadership exchange. It was an incredible beginning to our journey. We had a smooth flight into Managua and enjoyed the rest of the night at Hotel Mozonte. We feasted on pupusas and Emily and Ursula showed us around the neighborhood a bit before calling it a night.