February 28, 2011
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."
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.
Board Member & I've led many student groups to work on EP construction projects, and I've visited many more.
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