In 2012, Charles and Sarah Kaye, founders of the El Puente Mission Base and the GCEC, felt a special calling to serve in the place of greatest need. That calling lead them and other missionary partners to the neighborhood of Pantanal, a then small but rapidly growing barrio community on the outskirts of the city of Granada. They hoped to see this community transformed and 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 the Charles Kaye Field "Campo de los Sueños" sports ministry complex. The property, or "La Propriedad" as many of the locals refer to it, started with a multi-use pavilion that serves as a gathering place for many forms of community outreach. In 2014, a partnership began with the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia through its Initiative 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 early 2015, we completed construction of the first classroom, housing a handful of preschool students as a pilot class.
In August 2015, we started the process of accreditation for the GCEC as a private Christian institution with the Nicaragua Ministry of Education (MINED). In February 2016, our first official (although not yet accredited) preschool program started with 28 students. After much work and effort, MINED granted us national accreditation for preschool and elementary education 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 review our brief history timeline below for the school's major developments over the last few years.