A School that is part of ACECEN

Denis Cáceres Institute has the reputation of being a school for difficult children.  They accepted students that no one else wanted. Gioconda Ordoñez, the principal of Denis Cáceres, did not understand this longing to serve the vulnerable until she became a Christian, and began to transform the school into a truly Christ-centred school.  As this transformation happened, teachers learned to love their students and developed a passion for Christian education.

Their relationship with ACECEN began in 2013, when an ACECEN facilitator invited the staff to take part in Biblical worldview training in Estelí. Afterwards, the facilitator continued with visits and follow up support.  The staff were encouraged to make Biblical worldview the core of every subject. Through the different training from ACECEN, the staff has learned to love their students and to be passionate about Christ-centred education despite difficult financial situations.

Of the 80 students at Denis Cáceres, 18 of them come from the Piedra Larga neighbourhood nearby which deals with severe material poverty.  The families are asked to support their children’s transportation to school, and the school supplies the rest.

Eleven more students have severe hearing impairment.  The staff have spent much time in prayer for these students.  As a rule, such impairment would disqualify them from many career choices, but God has been at work and four of these students graduated in the past year.  With God’s continued help they have the potential to be able to go on to university to work towards a professional career.

Students at Denis Cáceres Institute have learned to treat each other with respect, friendship and love, despite their circumstances.  The reputation for being a school for difficult children has become a positive one, as the community is impacted by the Godly service modelled by both teachers and students.

"I thank the support we have received from ACECEN because the work done in our school with the teachers in all the trainings has changed our vision, and we now understand the principle of serving the community."

Gioconda Ordoñez (principal)

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