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El Porvenir
February 16, 2011

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.

The Great!

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

Providing safe, clean water to Nicaraguans

Ways to make it better...

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

Clone our hosts, Jimmy and Catalina

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & We helped build a community wash station over the course of a week in a rural Nicaraguan community.

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