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Los Campos Center for Sports & Agriculture

Los Campos is a multi-functional community center planned near an existing orphanage. The goal of this project is to leverage the magnetic power of sports to help provide agricultural & health education and training to the citizens of rural Nicaragua. This plan consists of three main components: planting & agricultural research fields, multi-sport playing fields, and an adaptable storage & shelter structure that satisfies the functional demands of both agricultural & athletic activities. By combining multiple functions in close proximity, it is hoped that participation in the center’s educational activities will be increased. Nicaraguans are known for their love of sports, particularly soccer and baseball. The playing fields will be open to the public. Team sports organized here will impart confidence, teamwork, and fitness to both genders and many ages. The adjacent orphanage is a home for young girls, and it is hoped the center will be an opportunity to interact with the children of the area. Surrounding the play areas will be rows of plants selected for their potential for producing sustainable crops which improve the health, welfare, and environment of the economically depressed area. Here, community members would be instructed on the planting & upkeep of the crops and their harvest would be sold to help finance the operations at Los Campos and the orphanage. At the heart of the complex is the storage & shelter structure. This building is designed to serve many functions; such as agricultural & athletic equipment storage, sheltering spectators and participators in the center’s educational programs, as well as capturing & treating water. The $25,000 grant will be initially used to finance the installation of the planting & playing fields. Through additional funding, the storage & shelter structure will then be built in a second phase. For more information, please see our project video.

Who is the sponsoring organization?

Save A Generation. Save A Generation is an NGO operated in Nicaragua. Since 1998, SAG has built a Medical Center in Somotillo that employs a full time Doctor and a Nurse, as well as several other clinics and pharmacies throughout the country. SAG also administers a feeding program that feeds children and widows in 18 villages. SAG also built Casa Esperanza, the orphanage which serves as the site of Los Campos. Nearby, SAG is in the process of building an operating room which will be the first in Somotillo. The operating room will serve over 20,000 people that live in that part of the country. Each year, SAG sponsors volunteer missions to the country, in which professionals of various backgrounds along with community members from throughout the United States come to aid Nicaraguans in need. This project would use this established network to help sponsor professionals needed to assist with this project.

Where will the project be located?

Somotillo, Chinandega, Nicaragua

Casa Esperanza Orphanage Complex. The site is located in a small, rural village on the outskirts of Somotillo, a town of 16,000 in Northern Nicaragua. The playing and planting fields would be located on land owned by the sponsoring organization, Save A Generation, which is adjacent to an existing orphanage which the group runs. Los Campos will not only serve the immidiate area, but children & sports equipment can be transported between the center and outlying villages. Save A Generation currently makes 3 or more trips a week to surrounding areas to deliver food & medical supplies. Equipment and teams based at the center can be added to the existing routes to create a regional sports program.

Do facilities at the location need to be constructed or upgraded?

Yes. Flat areas of the site will be dedicated to the playing areas, to decrease grading. Ammenities such as backstops, dugouts, a baseball diamond, and soccer goals will be installed. The study crops will be planted and harvested by local workers under a fair wage. The project team will seek to collaborate with experts in sustainable agriculture in administiring these programs. The storage and shelter structure will be erected in a second phase, as described in the project description. This structure will be detailed by designers currently in partnership with the sponsoring organization and will be carried out by local contractors under the sponsoring organization’s direct supervision.

Are any further architectural or design services required?

Yes. We would like to collaborate with organizations that specialize in administering agricultural programs.

Would this project benefit from the assistance of construction professionals?

Yes. A construction team including volunteers from the U.S. to work with local contrators could be assembled. Bilingual volunteers are ecspecially helpful, but it is not required.