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El Porvenir
February 19, 2011

Although my El Porvenir experience was years ago, I recall it vividly. The trip was so well organized by the El Porvenir staff that the brigade volunteers were able to concentrate on completing worthwhile work while getting to know Nicaragua and its wonderful people. I came away feeling that my time and money were well spent and I had been able to make a difference.

Eight members of our church were part of a larger brigade that worked on lavenderos, dug a dry well and planted trees. Five members of the brigade were young people who were kept too busy to be bored and enjoyed an experience they will always remember.

I had been to Nicaragua previously with another organization. The trip was poorly run, but it did show us that clean water is a critical need in Nicaragua. On our return from that trip, we searched for an organization to address that need and feel blessed to have found El Porvenir. Our experience on our El Porvenir trip showed us that, indeed, this organization knows how to get the job done!

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I met with several members of the El Porvenir staff during their trips to the NY metro areas. After hearing their presentations, I decided it was time to go. My church worked with El Porvenir to organize a trip for eight of us, including four young people. Since the worktrip, I have kept up with El Porvenir through their newsletter and other promotional material.

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I have a hard time coming up with ways El Porvenir could reduce costs or be more effective. I do wish there was an easy way for it to become better known, but I know that is difficult, especially with tight budgets.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped dig a dry well and then fill it with river rock to filter the runoff from the lavenderos.

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