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El Porvenir
February 17, 2011

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I spent a week helping to build a community water system in a rural area in Nicaragua.

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