El Porvenir

Rating: 4.93 stars   106 reviews

Address:

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been to Nicaragua twice with El Porvenir and plan on returning again next year. The work they do there is amazing and I'm proud to be a supporter. El Porvenir gives great support to the work brigades, monitoring the food and water as well as supplying the best interpetors. We learned about the country's polictical and economical developement, we did some sightseeing and worked very hard. It's a beautiful country and Nica's are beautiful people who are very welcoming. I've been very pleased with my experiences with the organization and the country.

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

seeing a job well done and very happy people gaining something we take for granted (i.e. a safe bathroom or bathing area)

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

I'm not sure. I feel most of the bugs seem to be worked out.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Six of us from our church Volunteers in Mission group travelled to Nicaragua and worked with El Porvenir in the La Reina District along with 6 others. We received a very good oversight of the Nicaraguan politics and the history and goals of El Porvenir before travelling to our work site.

I feel that helping the Nicaraguans gain use of clean water, and learning about sanitation is the very beginning for them to have easier and more productive lives. I like the fact that the people need to ask for help, and actively participate in all projects, and actually take leadership and therefore ownership of all projects.

Our experience was one with great organization, wonderful interpreters and facilitators and warm, caring people.

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

viewing neighborhoods where wells and latrines had made life better for the inhabitants, and I saw the pride the community took in their accomplishments. Several times I have made small donations to this organization, because I believe in the quality of the work which they do and enable.

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

I think that they have done an amazing amount of good in a relatively short time-span...don't know how they can improve.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I know of El Porvenir from before it was born. In 1987 I volunteered in Nicaragua with Habitat for Humanity where I met Carole Harper. I volunteered with her again in 1089. since then, we have kept in touch and for that reason I know of the fine work of El Porvenir. I know she has retired from the organization and that she was confident she left it in good hands. I have received the newsletters over the years as well, both paper version and now by email. I have been in the communities where lives have been enriched by the water. I have returned to Nicaragua almost every year since the late 80's. I'm a Canadian so I have not been on a brigade, but I am aware of the positive contributions to the fabric of a country which is dear to me.
Sincerely meant,
Cheryl Lightowlers

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

stories told in newsletter

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

make it easier for Canadians to participate

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My work with organizations in Nicaragua allowed me to meet staff of El Porvenir about five years ago as we compared notes on efforts to bring water to the tiny houses of families living along a ridge served by a seven mile long mud/dust road. Most impressive was the staff’s personal dedication to the families they served. This was not some huge organization which swooped in and threw money at a project to help the “poor people in some impoverished land.”

Just a year ago my impressions were enhanced when I spent two days filming El Porvenir projects, on site in Nicaragua. I spent days riding with the project directors who worked directly with the families. They encouraged the people to tell their own stories of the changes in their lives.

They did not just have new latrines; they understood the detailed interaction of sanitation and its effects on the health, especially the health of their children. Not only the women, but also the men, understood the importance of stoves that used less firewood and even more important kept smoke from filling the house. We heard the thanks of women who washed clothes in a simple concrete sink near a well, instead of on a rock in a stream where they also bathed. Bath houses provided privacy close to the source of water and handled the run-off water without pollution.

They understood the importance of replanting trees to protect the land and the water supply and water allowed these tiny trees to flourish.

The sense of community evident in the villages where water systems now provided a faucet at each house, demonstrated the results of their work together to do the planning, the work involved in the self-help project, the classes in health and sanitation, and most of all the pride in their accomplishment.

El Porvenir has internalized all of the best practices of working with impoverished communities to achieve basic goals of heath and cooperation.

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

I personally visited thier projects in Nicaragua, visiting with their staff members and many families with which they work. I saw the water systems, replanted forests, bath and laundry facitities and latrines. I experienced the sense of community shared by the families who cooperated in the actual labor necessary to impliment the projects.

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

I can not think of any changes, except to somehow allow more people to know about the effectiveness of thier work.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with El Porvenir in Nicaragua in October of 2009. This was one of the best volunteer experiences I've ever had. Their programs are so well thought-out and sustainable--I really felt I was having nothing but a positive effect on the lives of the wonderful people we worked with.

They involve the local community in selecting and building the projects. All the equipment (e.g. latrines and manual pumps) can be easily maintained by the locals with the training they receive from EP. They not only provide clean water but also help identify and attack the causes of the water supply problems such as deforestation and lack of basic sanitation. New directions include tree-planting, providing super-efficient cookstoves, and environmental training for both adults and school children. They are constantly looking for better ways to do things.

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

In Nicaragua the people I worked with now have access to clean water and sanitation facilities. Their children are much less likely to die in infancy of waterborne diseases. More children have time to go to school now that they don't have to haul water and gather wood all day. Once in school they learn about how to care for their environment.

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

I can't think of anything I would do to change the organization--I was terribly impressed with them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

can't think of anything

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

Met some wonderful people

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

wanting to do more!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

hi i am wilbert and the best experience i ever had is when i met El porvenir i never thought that the labor of el porvenir was so great full
and now i am part of this beautifull NGO. I have seen poor very poor people that don´t have safe drink water and the problem of sanitation, i sed my self o god i have never thought that exist this problem. what can i do to help these people, because i don´t have money and i am not rich enough but now i am working with El porvenir I´M the driver, I also work in logistic area and try to apply all my knowledge to help in whatever that i can help.

this is my way to help and put my grain of sand.
in this charitable work.

thank you for let me tale my experience with el porvenir and remenber

the communities need your grain of sand.
wilbert Acevedo

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

YES

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

JUST FOR INPROVEMENT

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the honor to be able to go to EP two times already with other members of my Church, I am blessed enough to get to go this year also.
I feel what I give is nothing compare to what the people give to us. Its not only about the work it's also about getting to know new friends and learning about theirs lives. MK Clovis CA.

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

I think its a great organization.

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

I would not chance anything.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been on two work trips, in 2005 and 2009. Accommodations are basic in a very poor country like Nicaragua, but we were always well-fed and safely housed. Volunteers assist in building wells, latrines, or wash stations. Handyman skills are not required, and all tools and supplies are provided. I find the work to be enjoyable and personally rewarding. The groups I've been on were very friendly and enjoyed socializing at the hotel each evening. We work hard and accomplish a lot in just a week. A couple of additional days are spent sightseeing and doing cultural excursions. These too are fun and enlightening. I've seen the sea, lakes, volcanos, markets, museums, and more. I strongly support El Porvenir and have become a regular donor and board member as well.

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

I've seen how grateful and enthusiastic the Nicaragua community members are about getting assistance in obtaining a lined well, latrines, and wash stations. They put in hundreds of hours of physical labor to help their own communities, and they sincerely appreciate the assistance of visitors. I've heard community members talk about the dignity of finally having a solid, lined latrine to use, rather than going behind a bush or risking a rickety and smelly old latrine.

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

spread the word more!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I led a mission team for our church to work with El Porvenir last summer. It was a truly fantastic experience, and a very easy decision to lead another team to work with them again this summer. Key reasons:

1. Their development model works. Local communities come to them with a desire for a project and the El Porvenir and the community work in partnership every step of the way. The combination of community sweat equity + education + ongoing support means that the projects have a lasting impact on community health and pride. This is work that matters... and most projects are fully Nicaragua-owned.

2. Their brigade coordinator was extremely helpful as we got our team organized. They were responsive to our interests and needs, and put together a fantastic program tailored to our team.

3. They are fantastic hosts. The El Porvenir staff did everything possible to make the experience a positive one for our team. The focused on our health and safety. They ensured that we were able to have a positive experience at the worksite - that we knew what work needed to be done and trained us how to do it and also (and even more importantly) helped us connect with the community. They added educational components to help make the experience more meaningful, from a lecture on Nicaraguan history, to visiting a school to touring a local health clinic.

This was the first international mission experience our church had had in a long time. It was an extraordinarily easy to make the decision to lead another team next year. I hope I will have the opportunity to work for El Porvenir for many years to come.

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

Providing safe, clean water to Nicaraguans

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

Clone our hosts, Jimmy and Catalina

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I spent a week on a Brigade helping a small village build a lavandero, near the well that El Porvenir helped them to build. It was a life changing experience for me. I had traveled in under-developed countries before, but never had been able to personally get to know the people and see how they live in their homes. The need is so great there, the people so wonderful, and El Porvenir does an outstanding job of working volunteers. Though originally I had thought the Brigade was expensive for participant, I came home knowing it was some of the best spent money in my life.

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

the way it has improved the health and quality of life for rurual citizens of Nicaragua - the health of all, and the quality of life especially for the women and children.

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

can't think of a thing, other than to receive more donations, in order to help more Nicaraguans!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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