Who We Are

Our Vision

We envision a world where local communities are able to leverage the growth of, and access to, dynamic, emerging industries into economic and educational opportunities for their children, youth, and families.

Our Mission

BPP empowers children and youth in Latin America by providing supplementary schooling that instills creativity, enhances confidence, facilitates international communication, and develops critical thinking skills. At BPP, we Help a Child Grow.

Due to limited resources, many students in Latin America only attend school for half a day. The Barrio Planta Project (BPP) provides free supplementary schooling to the children of Latin America with the goal to give them positive recreation and supervised structure during the other half of their day.

In addition to classes, through volunteerism, students learn to interact with diverse populations within a positive setting that helps them healthily integrate into the rising tourism industry. Volunteers also share interests such as Gardening, Sports and Yoga with students through workshops and apprenticeship programs that enhance their exposure to a variety of subjects while helping them discover their unique skills and talents.

BPP currently operates schools in towns with tourism-based economies in and around the areas of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We bridge the gap between the growth of the tourism industry and the needs of the local population, so together we can utilize the newly arising opportunities and focus on the ultimate goal for a bright future: to Help a Child Grow.

How it all started

When Philadelphia-native Dyani Makous stumbled upon the neighborhood Barrio La Planta while backpacking through San Juan del Sur, she made a connection with the local community that would forever change her life, the lives of the residents and the composition of the community as a whole.

Barrio La Planta

Read more about the neighborhood, La Planta, which represents a fraction of the good nature, hospitality, authenticity and humility of Latin American Culture & Community.

Our Team

When Philadelphia-native Dyani Makous stumbled upon the neighborhood Barrio La Planta while backpacking through San Juan del Sur, she made a connection with the local community that would forever change her life, the lives of the residents and the composition of the community as a whole.

Where We Teach

The Culture House, known locally as La Escuela Integral is San Juan del Sur's only Community Center. While occupied largely by BPP, the community center is also home to a Spanish School, a Chiropractor, a Traditional Folklore Dance group and is adjacent to a Community Sports Park. We also now have two more locations: one in Escamequita, Nicaragua and our most recent addition in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.