Building New Hope

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Education, Health, International

Location: 106 Overton Lane Pittsburgh PA 15217 USA

Mission: The mission of the Building New Hope organization is to provide support and partnership to communities in development in Central America, while maintaining our special relationship with the community of Nueva Esperanza, El Salvador. Projects address medical, educational, economic and nutritional needs of Central Americans.
Programs: --Quinta Los Chavalos -- a supplemental school for children of a poor barrio in Granada, Nicaragua (and residence for those with no homes). Its music program has led to performances throughout Granada, Nicaragua. --Escuelito Yo Puedo ("I Can" School) A drop-in Learning Center for children who must work to support their families and so cannot attend school. Nutritional support also provided. --Cafe Chavalos - A culinary training school for at-risk youth, and accompanying cafe. --Nutrition program for orphans. --Program to encourage reading in the schools, by providing quality children's literature in Spanish to schools along with assistance in their use. "Puedo Leer" program. --Support for coffee farmers of Nicaragua. --Reconstruction assistance after Hurricane Rita in El Salvador. --Small, as-needed work assisting with medical care, water supplies, sewing cooperative, community organizing in El Salvador aimed at obtaining government attention to needed infrastructure to avoid catastrophe when hurricanes strike.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with Building New Hope since I went to El Salvador with them in 1994 and helped set up a solar-powered clean water system for the small village of Nueva Esperanza (New Hope). I was hooked from the start with their people-to-people focus and high energy.

Since then, I've participated as a volunteer in many ways, including as a board member. Currently BNH runs two innovative supplementary schools serving the poorest neighborhoods in Granada, and also an animal clinic that has alleviated the public health problems associated with Granada's large stray animal population as well as increased the health and welfare of the working horse population of the city. They also support Granada's only lending library (which also serves 14 public shools) and a worker-owned coffee cooperative of about 50 families.

BNH also began a music program in public shools in Granada and outlying areas that has since become its own nonprofit organization.

This organization does incredible work, almost entirely with volunteers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the faces of the children there, as they really enjoy learning, and as they thrive and move on to high school and university.

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

Provide more human and material resources so it could do even more good.

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