August 15, 2018
We’re excited to share this special Technology Edition of our Quarter Highlights with you. We want to take this opportunity to share how we are leveraging technology and innovative ideas to carry out our mission in rural Nicaragua, a place where technology is often nonexistent.
Technology is something that makes our lives easier and more efficient. It solves problems and is the bridge that leads us into the future. Think of the many diseases that have been eradicated, the access to education and expertise through the internet, the ease of communication, and the many systems and apps that make our lives more efficient. Technology is all around us, and when we leverage it, our lives are changed for the better.
We continue to dream big for the thousands of people we serve in rural Nicaragua. The stories that follow are these dreams taking form, and we are thrilled to have each of you on this adventure with us.
CEO and Founder
What is Plan 7? Plan 7 is Amigos for Christ’s community development model. The focus of this model is long-term, sustainable growth in rural Nicaraguan communities.
School cafeteria in La Coyotera: On September 25, La Coyotera inaugurated their new school cafeteria using the same ribbon they used at their water inauguration two years ago! They’re going to hold onto it for the next milestone. We love celebrating transformation!
Pedregal Water system: The community of El Pedregal and local volunteers installed over 5 kilometers of pipe in the last three months. That’s 10.6 Kilometers total! The main water line will be finished this October.
Modern Bathrooms: Our team has been busy this quarter. With each family helping with the construction, we’ve completed 40 more bathrooms for a grand total of 140 this year!
La Chuscada School: The finishing touches are all in place. We’re gearing up for a huge celebration in the coming months!
Scott Cunningham, director of the Strategies Team, says to best carry out our mission of making Christ more visible, we have to do what is best for people. That, he says, comes with having good information. “With good data, we will be able to focus on each family, each person and know what they need to move forward. With the constant collection of data and it being analyzed, we can guarantee that each family, each person, is treated with the same quality of attention and care necessary for long term transformation.”
Imagine if all the Amigos for Christ Community Development Team Members had tablets with a full database of information about the families we work with and projects that we are running. As they go from house to house, visiting families and building relationships, they could find each house on a map, and know how much water has been used, if parasites have been eradicated, and the daily income of each family over months and years. With constant access and input of this information, we’d know how to better serve each family.
You don’t have to imagine this anymore. Amigos for Christ is committed to the growth and empowerment of its team, and each member is encouraged to dream big constantly seek growth, which is why the Strategy and Innovation Team has been dedicated to developing and executing an application that we call Beneficiary Perfect (BPS). This application allows us to track results so that we can respond to needs, so that we can know if our strategies in the development of the community are effective and then develop new ideas to transform lives in Nicaragua.
What could we do with all this technology in our hands? We could use it to see the effectiveness of our programs, to know how many people are involved, to know everything we are providing, each tool, each format and each training program. With the use of BPS, we are allowing ourselves to evaluate Amigos on a constant basis. It is an honest way to see how projects are carried out, how we are growing, and how a project is actually benefiting people.
Everyone knows that a family without running water will benefit from a water system. It’s common sense to provide a flush toilet where there wasn’t one before or to give a family a pregnant pig or chickens to help boost their income. No one would argue the value of the projects Amigos does. Now, we’ll be able to actually see what these things do for a family in the long run. We’ll be able to know, with data, that lives are being transformed.
Thank you for reading the Special Technology Edition of Amigos for Christ’s Quarter Highlights. If these stories and updates have inspired you to do more, you can find a few opportunities to support us at amigosforchrist.org/JoinUs. Make sure you’re following us on social media to keep up-to-date on what’s happening in Nicaragua, and thank you for everything you do to help us transform lives in Nicaragua.