I've been associated with Non Governmental organizations in Nicaragua for 30 years, and I can say the ProNica is unique among them because it has no projects of its own, rather it brings funds and volunteers to numerous Nicaraguan community based organizations. This is a very strong and efficient way to promote international solidarity between North Americans and Nicaraguans. Join one of our two week delegations and come visit, work and be changed. Tim Fogarty, as one of the members of a recent delegation said. "
I feel privileged to serve on the board of ProNica, a Quaker initiated non-profit which was started over 24 years ago to provide material aid and assistance to Nicaraguan communities devastated by war. Most of our projects empower women to feed and sustain their children by providing them job training, family planning, and pre-natal and maternal health care. We have a unique program which trains poor women to become hair dressers and cosmeticians. Many of the graduates from our program are former sex workers. They now work at home or in beauty salons cutting and coloring hair and providing other beauty related services. ProNica has another very positive program which brings delegations of college students to Nicaragua to learn about community development in the third world context and to practice their language skills while engaged directly with people of another culture. I chaperoned a group of 10 teenagers on such a trip and I can bear witness to the changes in their world view and also themselves in relation to others. They embraced the challenge of living for 3 days in a poor village living with their hosts. They worked on repairing a dirt road which was the village’s only means of getting to the main highway a mile away. They ate beans and rice three times a day and slept on makeshift beds. ProNica’s offices in St. Petersburg, Florida and Managua, Nicaragua are run by women. ProNica recently rewarded the caretaker of its office and hostel in Managua for 20 years of loyal, faithful service with funds to build herself a new home, which enabled her to give her old home to her son and his growing family