26 March - 5 April

In 2007, founder Brad Corrigan took a life-changing trip to the La Chureca trash dump in Nicaragua, during which he witnessed countless children and families living in unimaginable and toxic conditions. But he also encountered hope and positivity when he met a young girl named Ileana, who, in spite of her circumstances, radiated warmth, compassion and laughter.

After years of making trips back to La Chureca, Brad started Love Light + Melody to be a force for good — to offer an opportunity for these children to grow and thrive through education, music, art, and sports.

Since 2008, Love Light + Melody has helped fund educational programs for kids in the La Chureca community. They founded Ileana’s School of Hope in 2018, where each student is given the opportunity and guidance to further their education and improve their lives as well as the lives of their families. However the primary school has outgrown their existing facilities and more classroom space is of critical importance, as well as the development secondary classrooms and an art center.

Project Scope

Our EMI team will work with Love Light + Melody and school leaders to develop a site master plan for the school, including recommendations for basic infrastructure, as well as concept design drawings for the primary and secondary blocs, and the arts center. 

After concept development of the site, EMI Nicaragua will continue to partner with Love Light + Melody in further stages of the design and construction process with an aim to have the primary building construction complete in February 2024.

Please pray for and consider joining us in this first stage of designing a world of hope for Ileana's School in Nicaragua.

— David Lowe, EMI Nicaragua trip leader


Architecture: Position filled
Civil Engineering: Position filled
Electrical Engineering: Position filled
Structural Engineering: Position filled
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