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Phone: 413-527-3405
192 Park Street
Easthampton
Massachusetts 01027
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Direct beneficiaries per year: 12 orphanage alum as university scholarship students
35 orphanage youth in our high school formation program
1,000+ (estimated) children reside in the 20 orphanages we serve

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Mentor a Salvadoran Orphanage Scholarship Student through Email & Video Conferencing

Geographic areas served: 20 orphanages in central & western El Salvador, Central America

Programs: "Principios" targets newborn through middle school aged youth growing up in 20+ orphanages throughout El Salvador, providing children with tutoring & mentoring, increased quality educational opportunities, & wholesome extracurricular activities
*"El Caminito" is a semi-residential program for high-school aged youth transitioning out of El Salvador's orphanage, which helps students build their academic confidence in math, reading, & writing, while equipping them with independent living, teamwork, & leadership skills
*"The University Scholars Program" provides promising, young orphanage alum with room & board while they complete post high-school studies while participating in a rigorous service & leadership development program.

Mission:
Nuestro Ahora seeks to provide disadvantaged children in El Salvador, especially those have grown up in orphanages and shelters, with an opportunity to attend an institution of higher education while equipping them with the skills necessary to become engaged citizens. We do this realizing that education creates multiple, tangible opportunities for both personal and societal change today and tomorrow.
Results:
In the past three years, we've successfully supported more than 20 university scholarship students and over 50 high school aged students in our Life Skills & Leadership Development programming. We support a network of 20 orphanages throughout El Salvador, where more than 1,000 children reside. Graduates of our program are the first in their families to complete their basic schooling and go on to work in successful, dignified jobs allowing them to provide a better future for themselves, their families, their communities, and our world.

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06/16/12
El Salvador's Jesuit martyrs extensively wrote essays about how education can lead to social change and breaking impoverishment's vicious cycle. During my two visits to Nuestro Ahora, Inc., I was struck by how this organization daily strives to embody the Jesuits' essays. Nuestro Ahora, Inc.'s ... more »
06/12/12
I have volunteered at the Natalia de Siman orphanage for 8 years and Nuestro Ahora started supporting several of the girls from the orphanage a few years ago. The opportunity to go to University for these girls before was extremely limited and Nuesto Ahora has given the gift of education and a ... more »
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06/09/12
Nuesto Ahora gives many orphans from El Salvador a chance to not only survive through housing and food, but to get and education and college for those who would never have this opportunity. This allows many of them to succeed where otherwise they would would have no chance... more »
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