Mission: Amigos for Christ is a nonprofit organization that facilitates water, health, education, and economic development in rural Nicaraguan communities. Our mission is to serve so that Christ becomes more visible. Our vision is to be a model cross-cultural community development organization.
We practice being good neighbors (vecinos). Vecinos who listen well, build infrastructure for change and pick up a shovel when the time comes. Vecinos who invest our lives in Nicaraguan life.
The need in Nicaragua is great; it’s the second poorest country in the western hemisphere. Kidney disease kills more people each year than in any other nation. Most children don’t finish the sixth grade. Skin disease, parasites, and respiratory disease run rampant. Improved health and family life are impossible to achieve alone, yet hope remains. http://amigosforchrist.org/solutions/
Our faith compels us to take action. Through every project, we strive to make Christ visible to each person who comes in contact with our team.
There are thousands of opportunities a year to be a good neighbor (vecino) in Nicaragua – where we highly value personal connection. After all, our work is all about people. http://amigosforchrist.org/join-us/
Target demographics: Transforming Life in Nicaragua
Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2016, 58,000,000 Gallons of clean water flowed to 1193 families. 244 Families attended health classes on disease prevention. 202,650 meals were served to students who attend school. And 94 Families benefitted from a micro loan with a 98.9% return rate
Geographic areas served: Chinandega, Nicaragua
Programs: We work shoulder-to-shoulder with Nicaraguan neighbors to bring clean water, healthcare, education, and economic opportunity to rural communities in need.
I had an incredible week in Nicaragua with my son as part of a spring break mission trip that included teens and adults mostly from Atlanta area Georgia and Whigby Island, Washington. We worked side by side with local communities, digging ditches, installing water pipes to bring fresh water and faucet into village homes who currently carry water buckets from shallow wells or rivers. Amigos for Christ has done incredible work building relationships with these communities. We visited a nursing home and an orphanage but the primary work was supporting their efforts to build modern bathrooms in communities that are still using unsanitary latrines/out houses. The Amigos staff was amazing and there were also opportunities to install a solar powered system that brought a light switch into a home for the first time. It was amazing to witness a family turning on a light switch in their home for the first time and light into their community school for the first time. I can't say enough about the value of this trip and the perspective it gave to the volunteers of all ages and the impact we made on the communities we served and how hard the local community worked with us. The Amigos for Christ staff organized every detail and I hope to make another trip soon to work with the wonderful people of Nicaragua and I even plan to learn some Spanish to help me communicate better next time.