El Porvenir

Rating: 4.93 stars   97 reviews

Issues: Environment, International, Economic Development

Location: 10955 Westmoor Dr. Suite 400 Westminster CO 80021 USA

Mission: El Porvenir assists rural Nicaraguan communities to improve their living standards through sustainable development in clean water, sanitation, reforestation, and health education.
Programs: Helping rural Nicaraguan communities build wells, gravity flow water systems and latrines.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Although it is small, El Porvenir is very effective. Each person that I have met on staff truly has a heart for the work that they do. Incredible organizations have incredible staff, board and volunteers. El Porvenir is incredible and the work that they do changes lives.

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

Hearing the personal stories of those whose lives were impacted by El Porvenir.

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

Of course, I wish that they had more funding to help them meet their goals even faster.

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I learned of the effectiveness of this group and began contributing I went on one of the work group to learn the respect they have earned in Nic and with supportors. The are a committed org with very low admin costs resulting in more projects completed. Education in all phases of their work is impressive, sanitation, reforestation etc.

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

trips with their popular work groups which are very well managed

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

I would help fundraising

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with El Porvenir in 2001 was thoroughly impressed with the whole experience. It was great to get my hands dirty and feel a sense of camaraderie with the people I was working with - both Nicaraguan and American. The organization does great work and I am very happy that I was able to be associated with it.

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

my outlook on life and my appreciation for all that I have.

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

not.

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The gift of clean water cannot be over appreciated for impoverished communities in Nicaragua. I support El Porvenir's vision and recognition of their niche to support with their expertise and expanding within the abilities and financial support available. El Porvenir works with the community to define their needs and meet them. Truly unique in the non-profit field.

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

Several communities in Nicaragua. I lived in Guatemala and Southern Mexico and am not aware of any similar programs.

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

love to see broader financial support

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I have been associated with El Hogar since its founding, have visited projects in Nicaragua, and have seen the marked positive impact their clean water projects have made for the people in the villages of Nicaragua. All non-profits should do such a stellar job, particularly in their involvement of the people being served by these cooperative projects.

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

both my work as a long-time donor, as well as with the United Methodist Church, which supports El Porvenir through its Board of Global Ministries

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

Expand its donor and volunteer base even further

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity. I helped construct the interior walls and top of a large tank for runoff waterl, dug by hand in hard packed clay, by two women in Boaca Viejo, Nicaragua. I helped their community build a lavandero, where they will be able to use clean well water for bathing and doing laundry. I learned new skills such as mixing concrete, cutting rebar, pouring concrete and applying mortar. I was able to work hard, side by side with the families who will be using the lavandero and feel that this experience gave me far more than I was able to give.

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

This has been one of the most heartwarming experiences of my life. I was able to do meaningful work for appreciative, hard working people, learn new skills and forge friendships that will last forever.

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

Start the work sooner after arrival in Nicaragua.

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I would have liked to start the work sooner on arrival in Nicaragua.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I learned many new skills and made many new friends, both in the rural community, in my group and with El Porvenir staff members.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Fabulously lucky.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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When others ask me what models they should study regarding community development in other countries, I tell them El Porvenir. They have the wisdom, the skill, the talent, the access to people with the technical knowledge and the country-based knowledge to figure out the best strategies that are going to have the most impact and lead to sustainable change. And, most important of all, they are truly "ground up" -- working with the community from beginning to end, responding to them, training them, being by their side, and avoiding solutions or decisions imposed or cooked up by "outsiders". The study/volunteer trip was an unforgettable experience.

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

Nicaragua

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

I just want to them to be able to raise more money to have even deeper and wider impact in Nicaragua.

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My church participates in conjunction with a nearby church in working with El Porvenir in Nicaragua. El Porvenier is a small non-profit working with volunteers to build projects in villages. Our group will be working to build a well and other facilities for villagers who have to walk hours to bring back water to the village. The improvements built under the El Porvenir plan also improve sanitation and health for the villagers. Very exciting, and I can't wait to go.

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

going to presentations and listening to what people who have gone have said. Reading and conversation

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

So far I haven't seen any problems. More money would help.

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El Porvenir provides volunteers with an opportunity to work in small villages, with the "mayor' and many of the village people in assessing the needs of the village, and then proceeding to solutions for them.
I worked in a village where there were no latrines. Each family in the village had dug a huge hole behind their houses. The El Porvenir came in with us, the volunteers, to enclose the latrines with brick, along with help from the villagers themselves. We worked very hard, made many friends, and participated in meetings of the whole village, at night, where the importance of using latrines, and then washing hands were dramatized by some of the villagers. Low tech responses to needs is key to El Porvenir's work, as is needs coming from the villages themselves. El Porvenir's primary goal is to supply clean water to remote villages.

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

Near Camoapas, in the boon docks.

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

simply try to get El Porvenir more funding.

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I built stoves with a group of volunteers for a village supported by El Porvenir. We also toured a couple of cities while there. We met the staff and were deeply impressed by how well-run was our trip and the project. We were impressed by their follow-up education program, which helps to boost the long-term success of projects.

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

Seeing the completed wells. washstands, latrines, and stoves that are actively being used in villages near San Lorenzo.

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

Do what is needed to get the non-profit reviewed and listed in Charity Navigator.

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