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PO Box 6605
Huntington Beach
California 92615

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Target demographics: Young girls and women in poverty

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100

Geographic areas served: Jinotega, Nicaragua

Programs: -Sponsorship Program
With approximately 100 girls currently sponsored, we offer students the ability to attain an education without becoming dependent on foreign aid. Each student receives a monthly stipend that helps cover cost of living, allowing her and her siblings to remain in school.

Students have access to a lending library, community center, art classes, and computer lab. Academic success is ensured by our staff psychologist and students receive scholastic support from our full-time tutor.

-The Ayudate Project
Promotes family autonomy and nutritional health by teaching the art of family home gardening.

-Recreational Reading
Changing community literacy patterns with a full-time librarian, book club, contests, and news kiosk.

-Lowering Pregnancy Rates
In conjunction with US universities, the Peace Corps, and local health authorities, CdA is currently developing a program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy rates.

-Community Health
The Jinotega Department of Health is now providing free medical to the local community at our facility on a periodic basis. This includes well-baby check-ups, inoculations, and ob/gyn services.

CĂ­rculo de Amigas (CdA) is a volunteer-run, registered 501(c)(3) secular non-profit, working to alleviate poverty in Nicaragua one girl at a time. In conjunction with the Nicaraguan Center for Education and Social Promotion (CEPS), we help girls and young women acquire the skills and tools needed to improve their lives. In doing so, we enable children to attend school and give direct aid to victims of severe hardship or regional crisis.

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This non profit was started, as I understand it, on the west coast but I am from Massachusetts. Fifteen years ago I was in Costa Rica and met a young women who impressed me greatly. She spoke of Circulo de Amigas and I, who had just finished putting my two daughters through college, decided we as ... more »
We have been sponsoring a student through CDA for about ten years, since she was eight years old. We have watched her move gracefully through high school and now we are immensely proud to sponsor her studies at a university in Managua. The work of Pat McCully and CDA in Nicaragua have given us an ... more »
As soon as I met founder Pat McCully, I was a fan of this NP org. doing amazing work in a small village in Nicaragua. From providing sewing machines to helping girls go to secondary school and now with a much broader focus and so many many donors and sponsors, CdeA is a sterling example of the ... more »
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