In 2010, Charles and Sarah Kaye, founders of the El Puente Mission Base and Granada Christian Education Center, felt a special calling to serve in the place of greatest need in Granada, Nicaragua. That calling lead them and other missionary partners to the neighborhood of Pantanal, a then small but rapidly growing community. Their desire was to see this community transformed, and they quickly saw both the need and the opportunity to do so through education and sports.
Through an extraordinary process, God lead Charles to the beautiful 50-acre piece of land that now houses the Granada Christian Education Center and sports ministry complex, now known as the Charles Kaye Field "Campo de los Sueños" in honor of our founder. The property, or "La Propriedad" as many of the locals refer to it, started with a multi-use pavilion that has been used as a gathering place for many forms of community outreach. In 2013, a partnership began with the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia through its Initiave reCOVER Program, a design program that focuses on the research, design development, and construction of projects that positively affect and promote safe, healthy, and sustainable communities around the world. In the spring of 2014, construction of the first classroom began, which a few months later housed a handful of preschool students as our first class.
In August of 2015, the process of accreditation for the GCEC as a private Christian institution was initiated with the Nicaragua Ministry of Education (MINED). In February of 2016, our first official (although not yet accredited) preschool program started with 30 students. After much work and effort, we were granted national accreditation for preschool and elementary education by MINED in December 2016. Our history is rich with amazing God stories, and our future, with God by our side, looks bright! Enjoy the video below, which beautifully captures the start of this project, and visit the EL PUENTE website for more information about us and our history.