Our community development model focuses on long-term, sustainable growth in rural Nicaraguan communities.
Transforming life through:
Developing community leaders to change their own community is at the very core of what we do. Every community elects leaders for community development, water system management, and youth development. We bring these committees together to share ideas, learn strategies, and inspire hope in the future of their community.
Impact through Leadership
In rural Nicaragua, 69% of families lack access to clean water in their homes. We build water systems that bring water directly to each family’s home to ensure access to clean, abundant water 24/7. This improves families’ health and frees up time and resources for them focus on education and economic development.
WATER FOR CHINANDEGA
There are 500,000 people living in the department of Chinandega. Our dream is for each and every one of them to have access to clean water and modern bathroom. Over the next several years, our team will make this dream a reality.
Impact through Water
MOBILE HEALTH LAB
Our commitment to families’ health extends to the identification and treatment of various illnesses. Our Mobile Health Lab visits communities to test, diagnose, and treat parasites, kidney disease, and respiratory disease.
CLEAN AIR KITCHENS
Every person that cooks over an open flame suffers from respiratory problems. Our kitchen model features a smokeless stove and a tiled food preparation area that helps prevent sickness and disease caused by unhealthy food preparation conditions.
We partner with local hospitals to provide life-changing surgeries. Medical brigades from the United States come to Nicaragua several times a year to assist with surgeries for Nicaraguans in need.
Impact through Health
INCREASED EDUCATION COMMITMENT
In Nicaragua, only 40% of youth complete high school. Working alongside communities, we facilitate after-school activities, offer tutoring and professional development opportunities, and regularly visit with families to encourage school attendance.
We work to remove the barriers to secondary education by covering tuition, supplies, and transportation through our Young Leaders in Action scholarship program. We have formal partnerships with local high schools and universities to ensure that our students have every opportunity for a better future.
FUEL THE FUTURE
We build community-led cafeterias that provide breakfast and lunch to all students. This program serves as an incentive for families to send their children to school and improves students’ overall nutrition.
We are committed to ensuring all children have access to an education. We build model schools with innovative learning environments where attendance and educational opportunities are top priorities. Read more about one of our model school projects here.
Impact through Education
In the communities we serve, the average daily income is $1.40 per person per day. We want families to thrive, not just survive. Our team works alongside families through regular house visits and trainings that are focused on budgeting, developing small businesses, and growing family income by 10% each year.
MICROCREDIT LOAN PROGRAM
In rural Nicaragua, high interest rates routinely destroy families’ financial freedom and dreams. We’ve found that access to low interest capital and technical assistance makes all the difference for families. Our 5-year program provides the opportunity to maximize profit, increase savings, and end the cycle of debt.
1 MANZANA PROJECT
Despite having the world’s most fertile volcanic soil, generating a profit from small-scale farming can be nearly impossible in rural Nicaragua. We partner with local farmers to create sustainable organic farms that allow families to grow their income and become debt free.
Impact through Economic Development
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