My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for El Porvenir, Westminster, CO, USA
One of my greatest experiences where I realized how much appreciated El Porvenir's work is by the villagers, was when I helped build a latrine for a very elderly lady. She sat in a chair and watched us the whole time with the largest smile you have ever seen on her face showing only a few teeth. She had a small, one room, dirt floor, patched together house with a small back yard that had a barbed wire fence keeping the animals out. I tried to imagine what it was like for this woman to be ducking through a barbed wire fence for the last 60 years and using the field as her bathroom with no privacy. I wondered what was going through her mind as she saw that she was about to actually receive a latrine that she could enter, privately close the door and sit down, on the same side of the barbed wire fence that she had been squeezing through all these years. My experiences with El Porvenir are both Volunteer and Client Served. I volunteer at home in Denver, CO and I have been on many work brigades ranging from planting trees, building latrines, building stoves, well construction, and building a washing facility. All projects are focused on El Porvenir's goal of clean water for the people of Nicaragua. I have gotten to know all the different personnel of El Porvenir which is a grass roots organization that doesn't waste your money. They work hard, are dedicated and run with very little overhead as a percentage of their budget. I have also researched and participated in other organization's work brigades in the past and I can say for a fact that El Porvenir has a model that is making a difference for the rural poor people of Nicaragua that have genuine need. El Porvenir has offices (a one room small rural town office) in a bunch of rural poor towns that are surrounded by people with need. These are the rocky, dry areas of Nicaragua where the land is not very good and it is very hard to farm. The people come into the office and apply for a project and El Porvenir prioritizes the projects, performs the projects, trains the people, and follows up later. Many organizations simply leave town when they think their job is done. El Porvenir provides a motorcross style motorbike to the rural offices so the El Porvenir personnel can get to these people. The El Porvenir personnel are Nicaraguans as well, so El Porvenir is providing jobs as well to these rural poor towns. I can say in all honesty that if you want to help and give your support to the less fortunate people of the world, then El Porvenir is a great way to do it.