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February 28, 2011
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February 28, 2011
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I have been involved with El Porvenir since 1995, and have served on its board since 1999. I'm a teacher now, but I was trained in economic geography and rural development, and I have lived, worked and/or done research in a number of Latin American countries, including Nicaragua. El Porvenir is without a doubt one of the most effective organizations of its kind that I have encountered, thanks to its self-help methodology, integrated approach, incredibly dedicated staff and focus on results. The many U.S. high school students I have taken to work on EP projects have seen that amazing things are accomplished when local residents are enabled to better their communities. Most of my students report that the experience has changed their lives. In working with villagers and hearing their stories firsthand, they invariably conclude that EP is the "real deal."

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

the many water, sanitation, and reforestation projects that I have worked on or visited over the past 16 years; in the tangible improvements (wells, latrines, trees, etc.) that my eyes can see and my hands can touch; and most importantly in the stories the beneficiaries/participants (village residents) tell of how these projects have improved their lives.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand to other regions of Nicaragua, and perhaps someday to other countries in the region.

October 31, 2013

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February 25, 2011

I served on the board of directors of El Porvenir for many years. I was very involved in El Porvenir's policy-making, fundraising, staffing, and planning. I visited Nicaragua every year and lived in... more

October 31, 2013

El Porvenir is a serious, transparent, effective development organization working only in Nicaragua, with 20 years' experience in rural water and sanitation project development. I have worked in or visited its projects many times over the past 20 years and am impressed with the integrity of the organization and the long-term impact it has on rural communities. You read a lot of promotional prose on the internet about development organizations, but I can attest from direct personal knowledge that this one really does what it says it does. Nicaragua is a poor country whose government cannot fund infrastructure, but depends on international investment and donations to provide clean drinking water, sanitary facilities, and reforestation of watersheds. El Porvenir has been making such investments in Nicaragua since 1989. These investments are always locally initiated and after self-help construction are left in the hands of the village to maintain and repair. I have seen projects still working well 14 years or more after construction.

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

Give it more money.

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February 25, 2011

I served on the board of directors of El Porvenir for many years. I was very involved in El Porvenir's policy-making, fundraising, staffing, and planning. I visited Nicaragua every year and lived in Nicaragua for four years recently. I am very familiar with El Porvenir's history, development, and method of operation in Nicaragua, and feel proud of being part of this organization and its work. I have talked with the people of the villages, especially the women, about the changes in their lives brought about by the new well, the new gravity flow water system (the most dramatic changes), the new latrines, the new lavandero. I have seen and heard the pride and ownership the villagers feel in these projects, which they initiated, built, and continue to care for and use. El Porvenir meets a fundamental human need, supports the initiative and strengths of Nicaraguan people, hires Nicaraguans to carry out its work, and operates with minimal administrative expenditure.

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

Visiting dozens and dozens of villages where El Porvenir responded to local requests for help with specific projects that the people themselves had identified as a need and wanted to build.

Ways to make it better...

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

want it to be able to expand its operations and work in more regions of Nicaragua. The need for clean drinking water and sanitation is still very great in all rural areas of the country.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

I have supported El Porvenir for close to 20 years, ever since I learned about its work with rural communities in Nicargua. I deeply believe in EP's work because (1) it involves the basic human needs of clean water and sanitation, (2) it uses a self-help approach, (3) its projects are sustainable , and (4) it operates on a very slim budget. EP's staff members live in the regions it serves and have a long term relationship with the communities. I have visited various of the communites and witnessed how deeply appreciative the people are of EP's help.

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I paricipated on a work brigade constructing a well and a lavendero. I have visited the staff and communities several times. I work actively on the board of directors and am chairperson of two board commitees.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would strive to expand its ability to serve more communities.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

I have been a member of the board since 2007, but I have known of El Porvenir since 2001. The organization's goal and approach is to be admired as it makes a concerted effort to involve local poor communities as key decision makers in improving the water and sanitation conditions. After 20 years, it is going strong in some of the poorest communities in Nicaragua. It is inspiring to go on any of the many work brigades and help a local community build a well, a wash-station or even latrines. No words can express the gratitude and appreciation that communities show toward work brigade participants and to El Porvenir; this is a true sign of benefitial impact of this worthy organization.

The Great!

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

Hands-on experience with community leaders on discussions about the progress and benefits of the programs that are being implemented.

Ways to make it better...

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

Incorporate more fundraising activities in Nicaragua and increase Nicaraguan donor base.

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