At the age of 13, I moved from Colombia to the United States to live with my father and improve my life opportunities through a better education. Since then, I have been involved in several programs promoting social change; one of those programs is Global Potential ( Through this program, I was given the opportunity to experience the harshness and the struggles of some communities in Nicaragua.

This past summer of 2010, I lived in El Hatillo for a month and a half. During this time, I experienced these peoples’ lives and learned from them, and they learned from me as well. I felt the need, alongside my co-producer and co-director Samy Beneco, to show the world the struggles of these people to get access to basic needs, including education. We felt personally connected to this. I faced the same struggle when I was in Colombia as I tried to finish my primary education.

Through this documentary, Samy and I expose the barriers that many youth in Nicaragua have to face to attend school. In El Hatillo, not unlike many other communities in Nicaragua, students have to walk more than four kilometers to get to the nearest secondary school. Those who decide to continue their education encounter social, economic and infrastructural barriers. Some of them cannot continue their education due to these issues. They would rather work and help their families; some of the women marry at a young age.

We felt the need to show the strong effort these youth make to further their education so that they can be someone in the future. This is part of what Co-Director Samy and I wished to transmit in our movie called: Camino Al Mañana, meaning “The Road into the Future”.

More about Daniel Martinez, Co-Director of “CAMINO AL MAÑANA”

My name is Daniel Martinez, and I am 15 years old. I was born is Medellin, Colombia, and I moved to the United States three years ago. During my time here I’ve been a part of several programs centered around social change and art science. Some of the programs include Global Potential, ArtScience, First Robotics Competition (FRC), Machine Science, and a musical program called Zumix. I currently attend the John D O’Bryant School of Math and Science and I’m a sophomore.

As part of Global Potential, I was given the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua for a month and a half to help and learn from a traditionally impoverished community called El Hatillo. During my time there, I lived with a host family, and I conducted several programs to help the community such as English classes, sexual education classes, community clean-ups, and renovating the local church and community center.

Also a great friend of mine who is a GP youth participant from the Dominican Republic and is 18 years old, Samy Beneco, worked with me to make this documentary to expose some of the difficulties the youth in the community have to deal with to finish their education.

Since my return from Nicaragua, I have been working on other projects with Global Potential such as creating a social venture youth group called Les Manos United (LMU) partially sponsored by Ashoka Youth Venture. LMU’s mission is to raise awareness among Boston High School youth of global issues and international development needs of communities we tend to only hear about on the news.

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