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February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

I weat to Nicaragua with Elderhostel to work for El Porvenir. My colleagues were wonderful, enthusiastic, intelligent, caring people. Our El Porvenir leaders were knowledgeable, flexible, understanding and fun.

The Nicaraguan people we met were warm and welcoming. I fell in love with
the country and its people. I also felt that El Porvenir, for very little money, made a huge positive impact on people's everyday lives by helping to provide clean water. So simple, yet so vital.

I have been contributing to El Porvenir ever since and I will continue to do so as long as I am able.

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We visited many villages who have been helped by El Porvenir by building latrines, wells, lavanderas and also reforestation projects. The differences between those villages and neighboring ones without such assistance was incredible.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give it more money to do more projects!

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

We went to build a lavandero. When that didn't work out, we built stoves instead. We completely fell in love with all the people of "our" village who worked so diligently with us to accomplish as much as possible in the short time that we had together.

The Great!

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

seeing the respect and love that the villagers have for the El Porvenir staff and the organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

work hard to spread the word about the effectiveness of El Porvenir!

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

We are getting ready for our 5th El Porvenir adventure. The work done by this organization defines "grass roots" in that it provides an essential resource for those who need it most at the least cost. The Nicaraguan people maintain ownership of the projects--they direct and supervise with El Porvenir help. Having accessible clean water, toilets, space for privacy when bathing....all of these are important, especially to the women and children.

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

Nicaragua.

Ways to make it better...

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

get more people to participate and donate.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

My husband and I went to Nicaragua with a volunteer group for a week and built a shelter for washing clothes and taking a shower. It was a wonderful experience working with the people of the village. El Porvenir does a fantastic job of identifying needs of a community and of the community working with El Porvenir to build what they need: clean water, latrines, washing stations, reforestation.

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

Nicaragua

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

I would not make any changes.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

I worked with El Porvenir in 2008 assessing the water needs of small communities. The staff of El Porvenir in Nicaragua was a pleasure to work with and helped make my stay in Nicaragua memorable. They were instrumental in helping me learn about and enjoy the places and people of Nicaragua. The Denver staff has also been very helpful.

The Great!

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

Watching the planning process to improve access to clean water in as many communities as possible.

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

Keep up the good work.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I went on the trip to celebrate my 50th birthday. It was one of the best vacations of my life. I loved the food, and got used to rice and beans each day. Mainly, I loved working with the children of the village. They competed with each other to gather stones, and wheeled the wheel barrel when my tired bones could not keep up. The countryside was so beautiful - like the shire in Lord of the Rings! Animals everywhere walking down the roads with their owners. The group of people I traveled with were among the nicest folks I've ever met. It is a great organization, and six years later I am still a regular donor to EL Porvenir. They have a bare bones budget, and if you donate, have no fear that your money will have an impact. I receive many requests for charity, but no charity is more worthy. The gift of clean water is so important, and the people of Niceragua are wonderful!

The Great!

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

Seeing first hand the benefits of clean water

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

not change a thing!

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

El Porvenir is a wonderful organization and I very much enjoyed my volunteer experience. Working together with friends, family, strangers from my own country was uplifting but it was nothing compared to working side by side with the people we were helping. The feeling of unity and camaraderie was amazing even with the language barrier, or perhaps because of it.

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February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I chose El Porvenir for my first volunteer vacation because it seemed like a worthwhile organization, in part because they address such a basic need - clean water in Nicaragua. The importance they place on working in partnership with each community they help was also very important to me and I was impressed that the vast majority of their staff in Nicaragua are themselves Nicaraguan.

Having gone on a trip with them late in 2010, I was truly impressed. We worked in a village community, side by side with families there, building latrines. In fact, our labor contribution was almost superfluous - but the people were warm and generous and truly seemed to enjoy appreciate having us there, even if we were not the tireless workers that they were.

In addition to the work and the interactions with the people in the village, almost every day also had an educational or cultural component. We were given a tour of Managua; we visited a rural school and local clinic; we were given a lively lecture on the history of Nicaragua; live musicians had us up and dancing one night after dinner.

El Porvenir's work trips conclude with a recreational weekend. Although it was a little mentally jarring to go from a poor village to a nice hotel in Granada, I very much appreciated the opportunity it see a bit more of Nicaragua and to relax a little before returning home to work.

Finally, I can't say enough good things about El Porvenir's staff. Our group leader was tireless and his English was excellent. His partner didn't speak English as well but she also did a fantastic job (including, but not limited to, overseeing our simply yet very tasty meals). It was also very nice that El Porvenir has their own van and trucks so transportation was easy. I would unequivocally recommend El Porvenir to anyone considering a volunteer vacation.

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

seeing the eagerness with which the community worked to build new latrines, both for the immediately improvement in quality of life (especially for those families who had had no latrine at all) but also their hope for the future, for cleaner water which would be one of the eventual results of the new latrines.

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

give a little more information/orientation in advance of the work project. As a first-time volunteer, I was surprised that there was not always enough for everybody to do. Had I known this going in, I might have felt less awkward about it.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

I have traveled to Nicaragua to work on two El Porvenir volunteer brigades. Both experiences were very different, and very rewarding. The staff does an amazing job of looking after their "guests", while providing us with the resources to complete our projects. The best part of the whole experience is working side by side with the Nicaraguan people in their communities.

The Great!

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

By the end of the two weeks, the projects were completed and ready for use by the local community

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to find ways to increase awareness of the importance of sustainable development throughout the world

February 20, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 20, 2011

I have traveled extensively throughout Nicaragua and have seen some of El Porvenir's projects and was very impressed. I am an Environmental Biologist that helped take college students from the United States to see first hand the natural treasures of Nicaragua and El Porvenir's projects were a great teaching opportunity!

The Great!

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

I have experienced this organizations projects in action first hand in Nicaragua.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them a large sum of money so that they could do more.

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