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El Porvenir

Rating: 4.93 stars   107 reviews 5,608

Nonprofit Issues:

Environment, International, Economic Development


10955 Westmoor Dr. Suite 400 Westminster CO 80021 USA


El Porvenir assists rural Nicaraguan communities to improve their living standards through sustainable development in clean water, sanitation, reforestation, and health education.


Helping rural Nicaraguan communities build wells, gravity flow water systems and latrines.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've worked with El Porvenir for 23 of its 25 years. Grassroots organization. Responsible with their money. No highly paid executives or board perks. Volunteers and staff alike are passionate and dedicated.It's real people helping real people with basic needs.

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Rating: 4 stars  

In 1992 as part of a work brigade in Nicaragua for Habitat for Humanity, I had the opportunity to visit several of El Porvenir's early projects. When I came back I connected with the "friends" group in Colorado and have voluteered on different levels over the years. In 2002 I had a chance to do a work brigade again, but this time for EP. The enthusiasm of the people there is contageous. They are thrilled to be getting help to better their community. The work brigades are really a reverse mission as the locals demonstrate to the North Americans how to work hard and still enjoy the simple things in life. It's more like a work party. Everyone is excited to be putting their sweat equity into their community.

The EP staff in Nicaragua and in the US are knowledgeable and passionate about their work. It's a basic need. Without clean, safe water not much else is possible.

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working in Nicaragua.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hound people like myself to get out there and do a better job of spreading the word. Staff can only do so much without committed volunteers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A laudable organization delivering health and wealth through clean water project.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Spent some time in Nicaragua with El Porvenir. Wonderful team, mission and approach!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on 4 trips to Nicaragua with El Porvenir, sponsored by my church. The evidence of their work in rural areas is everywhere. The staff people we work with in Nicaragua are honest, sincere as well as knowledgable and efficient. As you drive down the roads you see the wells and latrines that have been built by El Porvenir. As part of the program they also provide efficient wood stoves and reforestation. They not only bring clean water and sanitation to the villagers but follow up with continuing education and assistance with maintenance of the projects. I feel the same way about their representatives I have worked with from the US office. I give El Porvenir the highest rating possible. I have seen the evidence first hand that their work changes people's lives in one of the hemisphere's poorest countries. Any time or money donated to El Porvenir I would consider very well spent

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Rating: 5 stars  

El Porvenir has been the NGO that has handled 3 Grants for Colorado Rotary Clubs. I have shared these experiences with them and our partner club in Nicaragua, Managua Rotary. We have observed great performance that has gone beyond the bounds necessary and can be called superlative efforts. In April 2015 I was part of a 7 day visit to Nicaragua which El Porvenir hosted for a reasonable fee. There were 6 of us and our purpose was review past, present and future Rotary projects/opportunities. We saw what has been done, projects being completed and future opportunities. And besides we had a great time in this wonderful country. This is an efficient, well run, dynamic and thoughtful organization with lots of ideas to help the countrymen of Nicaragua.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My first work trip with El Porvenir was in 1999 when hurricane Mitch devasted rural Nicaragua. The experience truly changed my life and I have been involved with ever since.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our church has traveled to Nicaragua for the past 4 years and worked on various projects, all through El Porvenir. El Porvenir is an incredible organization and its employees pour their hearts into changing the lives of the families in Nicaragua. They are professional, organized, personable, compassionate, inspiring and very easy to work with. I can't wait to work with and see many of them again as I travel back to Nicaragua for the fourth time next February!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our church has been working with El Porvenir for the past three years. We have already scheduled our trips for 2016. I can't say enough positive things about this organization. It's not about 'americanizing' the people in Nicaragua, its about sustainability and education. The benefits of having clean drinking water is evident in the villages that participate in El Porvenir's programs. We look forward to seeing our friends again next year.

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Rating: 5 stars  

El Porvenir is helping people with the most basic need and doing it successfully. Their leadership is committed with integrity and a great network on the ground.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our church has been partnering with El Porvenir for almost 5 years. Through this partnership, we have made 4 trips to rural Nicaragua to witness the work first hand. Each time the experience has been enriching for the team members, life-changing for many of us. But it is in the relationships we have developed through El Porvenir that we have the deepest experiences. Driving through rural communities, you see the signs of the positive effect El Porvenir is having - wells, latrines, lavenderos, reforestation, fuel-efficient stoves, complete water systems. Grateful to be a part of this great organization and appreciative of all the ways they enhance and facilitate our experience. Most of all though, grateful for the thousands of lives that are being changed because of the work of El Porvenir

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