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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Environment, International, International Agricultural Development, International Development, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: El Porvenir assists rural Nicaraguan communities to improve their living standards through sustainable development in clean water, sanitation, reforestation, and health education.

Programs: Helping rural Nicaraguan communities build wells, gravity flow water systems and latrines.

Community Stories

137 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have gone to Nicaragua three times with El Porvenir. This organization is simply the best. They work directly with the local people to provide drinking water, wash stations, latrines and efficient wood burning stoves. They only work with communities that request help and they work directly with members of the community to provide the services. Work trips are very “hands on” and completely rewarding. I hope to go again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been volunteering with El Porvenir for 15 years. After finding El Porvenir and learning their organizational model to deliver help and funding to poor rural Nicaraguan communities, we were hooked! We firmly believe in their community initiative approach empowering the Nicaraguan people to better themselves with clean water projects and working hand in hand with local El Porvenir Nicaraguan staff. El Porvenir has proven to us to be a sustainable solution, which the communities embrace and welcome. We have traveled to Nicaragua and participated on many trips and projects in different communities. We have always been impressed with the particular community support and excitement generated from the improvements being made. Therefore we have always traveled home energized to provide support and fundraising for El Porvenir from our home in Colorado. In this way we seem to always be connected to the nice people of Nicaragua which warms our hearts. We would not trade our experiences with El Porvenir for anything else in the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

El Porvenir is a wonderful organization and our church is an active supporter. Members of our church and others have gone on 5 different work trips to Nicaragua to work on various water projects for El Porvenir. The staff in the US is small but mighty and the staff in Nicaragua is awesome. Members of the community work along with us on the water projects El Porvenir organizes for their communities. I personally have gone on one work trip to Nicaragua with El Porvenir and have first-hand knowledge about this wonderful organization. It is an honor to support this non-profit. I look forward to organizing another work trip to Nicaragua after the pandemic.

Please consider donating to El Porvenir so they can continue to bring clean water and sanitation projects to the beautiful people of Nicaragua!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a frequent donor to several non-profit organizations, I'm often concerned whether my money is being well-spent. Will it mostly go to support a large administrative staff or will it be put directly into programs? With El Porvenir I don't have those concerns. It is one of the most efficient non-profit organizations I know. They have a skeleton crew of just 4 people in the U.S. , but, working with their Nicaraguan staff and community leaders, complete hundreds of projects every year. In 2019, they trained over 18,000 people in health education, built 18 community wells/clean water systems and installed hundreds of latrines, toilets and hand-washing stations. And in addition to all their sanitation projects, they also found the time to plant 96,000 trees! Well done, El Porvenir, keep up your important work for Nicaraguans.

1 Regina G.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I serve as the Pastor of Outreach at Providence Church in Mt. Juliet. My congregation has served in Nicaragua and provided funding for projects in several communities through El Porvenir. I have had the privilege of traveling to serve with El Porvenir twice. The work they do in education, clean water sanitation and reforestation are vital pieces of enhancing quality of life for many communities in Nicaragua. They serve the people of Nicaragua with integrity and with values that seek to empower, not enable. Our church looks forward to traveling and serving the people of Nicaragua each year and it is a joy to see how their work has continued sustainably spread throughout the country. Any group or individual would be served well to partner alongside this work. It is a great example of mission work that is sustainable and not only life giving, but life empowering.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am impressed with El Porvenír’s work in Nicaragua. I have made six trips to Nicaragua where I have witnessed and participated in water, hygiene, hygiene education and reforestation projects.

The extent of community involvement in El Porvenir's programs is noteworthy. Communities submit a proposal for a project to the local El Porvenír office. When a proposal is approved, El Porvenír provides planning, technical and some funding assistance. Community members are responsible for the completion of the project. El Porvenír’s Nicaraguan staff is talented, efficient, and well-liked in the community. I am sure the staff’s qualities contribute to the success of the projects.

One of the highlights of my trips to Nicaragua has been viewing the areas communities have reforested with guidance from El Porvenír. I have seen a number of well-tended nurseries in the communities. One of the mature reforested areas I saw was providing erosion control near a stream. The area was absolutely beautiful. It contained fast growing trees for firewood, trees for lumber and plantings for food, all protected by a fence. In other areas I saw plantings on steep, open slopes which were stopping erosion, according to the local people, while providing an additional food source.

Working with El Porvenir has been continuously educational and a positive experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough good things about El Porvenir and the work they do. I’ve made three trips to Nicaragua to volunteer with El Porvenir and each time I have been amazed and humbled by their dedication to improving the lives of Nicaraguans by providing water, sanitation, and reforestation to communities. While volunteering, I’ve helped to build latrines, handwashing stations, and shower facilities for both communities and schools. Everywhere, I would see wells and latrines built by El Porvenir and the communities.

Nicaragua is a very poor country and sanitation is a huge problem, even more so now with the Covid-19 pandemic. There are many areas with no access to fresh
water, no latrines, schools with no where for students to wash their hands. The health issues and morbidity rates due to poor sanitation are devastating.

El Porvenir requires an investment of time, money and labor from the community so it has “skin in the game” when the facilities are built. They teach the people how to maintain their facilities and provide incentives for doing so. With a partnership between the community and El Porvenir, there is a better chance of lasting effects for the community.

I hope to be able to volunteer again and return to Nicaragua. The people are so grateful for our time, talents, and financial support toward helping them live a healthy life with clean water and sanitation. It is truly a humbling experience to be of service.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have gone on two El Porvenir Mission trips through our church Columbine United Church in Littleton, Co. First one we built stoves to keep the residents more healthy venting smoke to the outside rather than keeping it inside. Second trip we built a washing station, a shower and a place to do laundry with water from a close by well and planted trees to help reforestation.
El Porvenir members really take good care of us from the safety aspect to feeding us well, always there for anything needed and they were very flexible. These trips hold a special place in our hearts being able to make a difference to the Nicaraguans who are so gracious and appreciative.
I have coordinated four trips for our work teams to participate in and so easy to work with Jo, the US Rep for work teams. EP spends their money wisely, every dollar is well controlled.
I would encourage anyone who has the opportunity to participate personally or financially with/for El Porvenir—-your heart will flourish!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church has been involved with El Porvenir for several years, 2 Mission Trips and one I personally went on. We have been very impressed with the whole organization, from the person organizing the trips, local office here in Denver, the guides in Nicaragua, the building project folks they 'contract'--I do not have one negative thing to say about the whole organization. They make conditions better for the people of Nicaragua and I am proud to be a very small part of that. The Nicaraguans help with the projects as well and are so appreciative of our help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My church has supported the work of El Porvenir for many years, and several members have visited projects as volunteers over the years. Their work with the communities is responsive and exemplary. They respond to the communities' needs, they provide infrastructure, yes, but also education to go along with it (such as health education promotion for months/years, building the capacity of the local community to sustain and replicate it) and they expect community buy-in to the projects and their maintenance. The priorities of sanitation, water, and reforestation - watershed preservation have multiple positive effects in an area deeply affected by climate change and poverty. They are also effective in their national-level work in Nicaragua in their advocacy for clean water for all. The staff is almost all Nicaraguan. In terms of communication with us, they are a joy to work with. What a wonderful organization that punches far above its weight in terms of effectiveness.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When the coronavirus found its way to Central America, El Porvenir was right on it -- helping Nicaraguans with 1800 handwashing stations and sanitation education. El Porvenir is about helping remote communities help themselves. That's what people to people solidarity is all about.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

El Porvenir is quite simply the most authentically grassroots and democratic third world development project I've seen in nearly 30 years of solidarity efforts with folks in poor countries trying to come into their own. Small settlements create their own leadership structures, usually largely from among the women, to work with EP's excellent, indigenous staff on water projects for the health and sustainability of their communities. The internal organization that results is probably as important as the material benefits from EP resources. First World funded efforts in poor countries seldom encourage this sort of real, functioning local leadership -- it's a frustrating way to work and takes time and humility. Somehow, EP manages this quite gracefully from what I've seen.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I had the privilege of living in Singapore at one time, and while there took advantage of opportunities to travel as much as possible in the region. In those travels my eyes were opened to the vast numbers of people who live without easily obtainable water and basic sanitation in their everyday lives. Once back in the U.S., I went on a couple of church mission trips, one to Guatemala and another to Nicaragua. Again, the daily struggle to obtain reasonably clean water and the unforgettable poor sanitation facilities were glaring. Those experiences made me want to help make a difference, which I felt like my husband and I can do through a monthly donation to El Porvenir. The financial transparency, excellent communication, local hires, and spot-on projects they engage in make me feel confident as a donor and translate into better, safer lives for those they help. So glad we can partner with those who are working to make a difference! I encourage others to do the same!

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Donor

Rating: 5

El Porvenir has been a partner of H2O for Life for years. Our students raise funds to support WASH projects in Nicaragua. Out students specifically raise funds for schools and El Porvenir always provides us with stories and pictures of the projects that we support. They are changing lives with clean water and I am honored to work with them!

1 sfbigcelt

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a financial supporter of El Porvenir for several years before I got to go down to Nicaragua with a work project. I've been down four times so far and am planning another work trip in 2020. I feel my work with EP is probably the most important thing I've ever done with the 65 years on the planet. The staff are totally focused on fostering relationships between those who go down to work, and those in the local community where the projects happen. It is this focus, which puts EP in a league above. Workers are well fed, kept safe, and encouraged to ask questions about what we're doing and the history of the community. I've been impressed by the local staff, interpreters, drivers, and US-based staff. If you want to make a real difference in the world, volunteer for El Porvenir!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been down to Nicaragua twice on work trips with this wonderful non-profit. There are three main things I love about El Porvenir. First, their projects of reforestation, hygiene, and clean water are driven by the local people who need these projects the most. It is not a case of norteamericanos swooping in to help the poor. So, there is a great local buy-in from the beginning, and pride in projects completed.
Second, the local people are grateful and gracious to all who help. The cross-cultural sharing is a great by-product of the work. Strong friendships and memories are made on work trips.
Third, the money donated is used wisely. Nicaraguans are the main staff within the country, and all donations are utilized to the utmost gain for the people who need clean water and a better standard of living the most.
I can't recommend El Porvenir enough, and talk to everyone I know about their work, both to encourage donations AND promote the fact that we are blessed with abundant clean water and hygiene, and should never take that for granted! Working with them has been the most important thing I have ever done with my life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our son was fortunate enough to work with El Porvenir during a spring break trip to Nicaragua a few years ago. As parents, we were concerned with his safety; what food he would eat; and unsure what kind of experience he would have during his first trip abroad without us. We were totally blown away by his stories of working alongside families in a small community; his new appreciation for taking high school Spanish; the fun he had exploring the country; and the food he discovered (he came home with a new found love of all things rice, beans and fresh fruit). He would love to return to Nicaragua again some day and visit the families that he grew so close to. Thank you, El Provenir, for taking such good care and sharing your country with him.

1 Lenne S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year I had the amazing opportunity to spend 3,5 months with El Porvenir as part of an internship for my studies. It has been a great opportunity to see the organisation, its lovely and caring people and the great work they do from up close. One of the tasks I’ve have helped with was comparing the drinking water and sanitation situation in communities with and without the presence of El Porvenir in the department of Terrabona, and the communities with the presence of El Porvenir had significantly more access to clean drinking water and sanitation. Therefore I can wholeheartedly say that I would recommend El Porvenir and the amazing work they do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have partnered with El Porvenir for over 10 years and they are a model non-profit. We work with a lot of non-profit organizations around the world and El Porvenir is one of the best. They understand the importance of holistic development and working "with" instead of "for" local communities to ensure sustainable solutions that meet real needs. Additionally, they place a high value on safety of their volunteers and staff. The staff of El Porvenir is professional, trustworthy and a real joy to partner with. They receive my highest rating!

Mike Giancola, North Carolina State University

1 Quinta A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As a organization that has partnered with El Porvenir, we had the opportunity and the privilege to participate in a variety of projects. Among these were clean water, latrines, efficient wood stoves and reforestation. Most encouraging about theses type of projects is that they provide benefits that last for many years. Apart from the obvious health benefits that these projects make, evidence shows that they have a positive economic impact on the lives of the individuals.
I fully commend the work of El Porvenir.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

El Porvenir is amazing. When a work group was wanting to participate in a volunteer trip in Nicaragua, we thankfully connected with El Porvenir. From the beginning, they were very accommodating and worked with us to develop a trip tjat was both meeded by a community whilst utilizing our skillset and considering our goals. Their wonderful staff and partners took such great care of our group, ensuring that we were able to enjoy tourist activities while working hard to constuct a handsink for a rural elementary school - and at a very reasonable cost. I will be back to work with them for sure!

1 Jeffrey D.1

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been supporters of El Porvenir for more than ten years. Their programs are so important to the people of Nicaragua. Bringing access to clean water and sanitation, healthy cooking and reforestation lay the groundwork for dignity and health, especially for women and children. Over the years EP has expanded their scope and always takes a holistic approach to development. We reccomend them wholeheartedly and applaud the work they do every day.

1 Clarob

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have gone to Niaragua twice with El Porvenir. They do a fantastic job of taking care of the work teams and helping us get the full experience of Nicaraguan life. I helped build showers and stoves. I appreciated the fact that the construction teams were led by Nicarguans and we had translators to understand our tasks. This is an agency that invites people to work alongside local leaders. Not come in and boss everyone around.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

El Porvenir models how to support people and communities to improve their own circumstances. The projects are initiated by the community and El Porvenir supports their plans with volunteers and supplies. They work with people rather than impose their own goals on them. This partnership makes it an affirming experience for everyone involved. I will go again soon.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Rotary Club worked with El Porvenir in Camoapa two years in a row in person and via a fundraising effort this year. I can't say enough positive things about this amazing nonprofit. The staff is dedicated and the model of community involvement that is used by El Porvenir really works.

1 Sandra A. C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having worked with El Porvenir for that past five years I can without a doubt rate them as far exceeding expectations. El Porvenir has partnered with Trinity United Methodist Church, Springfield, MA to serve several villages in Nicaragua. El Porvenir's commitment to empowering people in rural communities is evident in that they wait for an invitation from community leaders instead of imposing upon a community. Fuel efficient stoves, wells, reforestation, latrines and health lessons provide key components to ensure a healthy environment for thousands of Nicaraguans.

2 RodWins

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to work with El Porvenir now two times as a faculty adviser for NC State University students during their Alternative Service Break. And in all my experiences, there has never been anything greater than what I shared with El Porvenir. As far as I’m concerned, the good works performed by this group are unparalleled. Our teams always felt safe in our travels; well fed and cared for; given so much pride in our workmanship; shown an immense amount of appreciation and love for our work in the community; and always treated like a part of their family. And now with the current political climate, the wonderful people of Nica need El Porvenir’s efforts even more. They deserve lives filled with clean water, good sanitation and ample forests. I wish I could spend a week every year with El Porvenir as there is nothing more satisfying than working alongside their awesome staff and experiencing the wonders of Nicaragua. To the future!

1 Carol Atwell

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have participated In 8 trips which included latrine building, well rehab, tree planting, health education, and stove building. The people of Nicaragua worked cheerfully and hard right along with us. The beautiful country and beautiful people will forever be in my heart. Part of which is still in Nicaragua.
Carol Atwell and Phil Lenko

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have traveled to Nicaragua 3 times to work on water projects. I love that El Porvenir requires community participation. There is so much pride involved when people have a personal investment. My children don't a buy me presents for Holidays anymore. They donate to El Porvenir in my honor.

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1 Dawn L.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We visited two of El Porvenir's project sites in Nicaragua last year and came away profoundly impressed with the way this organization is deeply imbedded in the communities. We have stayed in touch "from afar" since then and while (overall) the nation has sadly spiraled into political chaos, EP has succeeded in maintaining critical services and even moved forward with implementation of its vision. I believe that is the strongest testament there can be, that lifesaving services continue despite the dreadful politics. Finances are transparent, dedication is deep and lasting. My resources are limited and yet whenever I can, I direct aid to this fine organization

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I became acquainted with El Porvenir nearly twenty years ago. We later went on a work trip to help build a lavandero and a leeching pit. We were so impressed with the commitment of the staff and the local communities that we have been regular donors ever since. This is a truly remarkable non profit, with a wonderful vision of providing safe drinking water and clean facilities to rural communities in Nicaragua.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on 2 El Porvenir work trips and know thatI learned much more about this beautiful country and its people than if I had gone on a tourist type vacation .
I first went to a small rural village to help build a washing and shower station. The young men in the village pitched in and did most of the heavy work,cleaning out a well and digging a deep hole for the gray water from the showers.
On the next trip I helped with a resforestation project. On both of these projects I was impressed by how much work the young men did and even the children bringing water as digging holes for the little trees. Thewomen of the villages cooked delicious lunches for us. We all felt welcome.
El Porvenir made sure we had nice accommodations and traditional, but very nutritious local food.
I highly recommend the organization for anyone who desires to be more than a regular tourist. It was gratifying to know we provided deserving people with something they needed. And one of the best moments was having a piñata party for the kids in the village plus,course, meeting people from all over who enjoy helping others.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have partnered with El Porvenir for over 10 years in several of the communities that we call on with the Amanecer Mobile Health Clinic. It became evident early in our community visits that it was necessary to get to the root of the problems in the communities rather than just hand out medications to treat symptoms. After partnering with El Porvenir, we were able to document dramatic decreases in many diseases due to the holistic approach that El Porvenir takes in solving health problems. Clean water, latrines, reforestation, stoves and education supplied by El Porvenir has significantly changed the lives of thousands of people and given them hope for "the future". A great organization staffed with caring, dedicated people.

1 Susan S.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

How much do I believe in the work of El Porvenir? My husband and I have been on two different work projects in the last three years. I have solicited addition grant money to support one of the most worthwhile, well-run organizations I've ever seen. We joke that we are 'getting women out of the river' and 'the fish like it too'.

Our picture here is from Playa Gigante, a place we have come to love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

El Porvenir is an exemplary non-profit. It's a lean organization, working with minimal staff most of whom live in Nicaragua. It has stayed faithful to its goal of potable water for rural Nicaragua. I have been on about 6 trips with them, helping with wells, washing stations, showers, latrines and also reforestation. Well-organized very fruitful trips.

1 Steve Hall.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I highly recommend supporting El Porvenir. They work in remote rural villages in Nicaragua that lack access to most basic services and are too small to receive assistance from other organizations. As a long time employee of a non profit that has collaborated with them on hundreds of water and sanitation projects in Nicaragua, I can attest to the dedication and impact of their work. El Porvenir continues to be a valuable partner to us and we hope to continue including them in our program for many years to come!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with El Porvenir for 23 of its 25 years. Grassroots organization. Responsible with their money. No highly paid executives or board perks. Volunteers and staff alike are passionate and dedicated.It's real people helping real people with basic needs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

In 1992 as part of a work brigade in Nicaragua for Habitat for Humanity, I had the opportunity to visit several of El Porvenir's early projects. When I came back I connected with the "friends" group in Colorado and have voluteered on different levels over the years. In 2002 I had a chance to do a work brigade again, but this time for EP. The enthusiasm of the people there is contageous. They are thrilled to be getting help to better their community. The work brigades are really a reverse mission as the locals demonstrate to the North Americans how to work hard and still enjoy the simple things in life. It's more like a work party. Everyone is excited to be putting their sweat equity into their community.

The EP staff in Nicaragua and in the US are knowledgeable and passionate about their work. It's a basic need. Without clean, safe water not much else is possible.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A laudable organization delivering health and wealth through clean water project.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spent some time in Nicaragua with El Porvenir. Wonderful team, mission and approach!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on 4 trips to Nicaragua with El Porvenir, sponsored by my church. The evidence of their work in rural areas is everywhere. The staff people we work with in Nicaragua are honest, sincere as well as knowledgable and efficient. As you drive down the roads you see the wells and latrines that have been built by El Porvenir. As part of the program they also provide efficient wood stoves and reforestation. They not only bring clean water and sanitation to the villagers but follow up with continuing education and assistance with maintenance of the projects. I feel the same way about their representatives I have worked with from the US office. I give El Porvenir the highest rating possible. I have seen the evidence first hand that their work changes people's lives in one of the hemisphere's poorest countries. Any time or money donated to El Porvenir I would consider very well spent

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

El Porvenir has been the NGO that has handled 3 Grants for Colorado Rotary Clubs. I have shared these experiences with them and our partner club in Nicaragua, Managua Rotary. We have observed great performance that has gone beyond the bounds necessary and can be called superlative efforts. In April 2015 I was part of a 7 day visit to Nicaragua which El Porvenir hosted for a reasonable fee. There were 6 of us and our purpose was review past, present and future Rotary projects/opportunities. We saw what has been done, projects being completed and future opportunities. And besides we had a great time in this wonderful country. This is an efficient, well run, dynamic and thoughtful organization with lots of ideas to help the countrymen of Nicaragua.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My first work trip with El Porvenir was in 1999 when hurricane Mitch devasted rural Nicaragua. The experience truly changed my life and I have been involved with ever since.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church has traveled to Nicaragua for the past 4 years and worked on various projects, all through El Porvenir. El Porvenir is an incredible organization and its employees pour their hearts into changing the lives of the families in Nicaragua. They are professional, organized, personable, compassionate, inspiring and very easy to work with. I can't wait to work with and see many of them again as I travel back to Nicaragua for the fourth time next February!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church has been working with El Porvenir for the past three years. We have already scheduled our trips for 2016. I can't say enough positive things about this organization. It's not about 'americanizing' the people in Nicaragua, its about sustainability and education. The benefits of having clean drinking water is evident in the villages that participate in El Porvenir's programs. We look forward to seeing our friends again next year.

2 Erinanne H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

El Porvenir is helping people with the most basic need and doing it successfully. Their leadership is committed with integrity and a great network on the ground.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church has been partnering with El Porvenir for almost 5 years. Through this partnership, we have made 4 trips to rural Nicaragua to witness the work first hand. Each time the experience has been enriching for the team members, life-changing for many of us. But it is in the relationships we have developed through El Porvenir that we have the deepest experiences. Driving through rural communities, you see the signs of the positive effect El Porvenir is having - wells, latrines, lavenderos, reforestation, fuel-efficient stoves, complete water systems. Grateful to be a part of this great organization and appreciative of all the ways they enhance and facilitate our experience. Most of all though, grateful for the thousands of lives that are being changed because of the work of El Porvenir

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Donor

Rating: 5

We meet with them in the Denver Office and learned how El Porvenir helps Nicaragua villagers build there own clean water systems with their own efforts. It is amazing when people have clean water systems it leads to so may other things like latrines, good health in the young and old, education on health, more time for child to go to school and less fetching water out of contaminated sources, preserving the forests, cleaner cooking systems.

I have seen it first hand what the differences is without clean drinking water and with clean drinking water. This program succeeds and sustains through small donations, one dollar at a time. It also saves children's life's, one clean drop at a time. it is impressive how effective El Porvenir by how many villagers now have access to clean water and all the great things that comes with their program.

The Denver group passion is impressive. When we have donated to the cause they have been so fast to correspond with us and thank us for our support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2012, I took a trip with El Porvenir to the Camoapa region of Nicaragua. I was 18 years old, and went by myself. I didn't know anyone, I speak VERY little Spanish, and had no idea what to expect. It was an absolutely eye-opening experience! To see the heart of the people in Nicaragua, and also the heart of El Porvenir was so amazing. I hold that trip very dear to my heart, and share my experience with everyone that lets me share it with them.

I can't wait until I have the opportunity to go back to Nicaragua with El Porvenir!

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Donor

Rating: 4

In developing a solar oven project in Nica I happened upon well after well, and newly built lavatories that were built by El Porvenir. I couldn't help but be impressed with the work, and ended up sponsoring a latrine myself. They do the real work that needs doing, as far as I can tell.

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Donor

Rating: 5

El Porvenir is a serious, transparent, effective development organization working only in Nicaragua, with 20 years' experience in rural water and sanitation project development. I have worked in or visited its projects many times over the past 20 years and am impressed with the integrity of the organization and the long-term impact it has on rural communities. You read a lot of promotional prose on the internet about development organizations, but I can attest from direct personal knowledge that this one really does what it says it does. Nicaragua is a poor country whose government cannot fund infrastructure, but depends on international investment and donations to provide clean drinking water, sanitary facilities, and reforestation of watersheds. El Porvenir has been making such investments in Nicaragua since 1989. These investments are always locally initiated and after self-help construction are left in the hands of the village to maintain and repair. I have seen projects still working well 14 years or more after construction.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I served on the board of directors of El Porvenir for many years. I was very involved in El Porvenir's policy-making, fundraising, staffing, and planning. I visited Nicaragua every year and lived in Nicaragua for four years recently. I am very familiar with El Porvenir's history, development, and method of operation in Nicaragua, and feel proud of being part of this organization and its work. I have talked with the people of the villages, especially the women, about the changes in their lives brought about by the new well, the new gravity flow water system (the most dramatic changes), the new latrines, the new lavandero. I have seen and heard the pride and ownership the villagers feel in these projects, which they initiated, built, and continue to care for and use. El Porvenir meets a fundamental human need, supports the initiative and strengths of Nicaraguan people, hires Nicaraguans to carry out its work, and operates with minimal administrative expenditure.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I think that El Porvenir does a great service for Nicaragua and Nicaraguans. It involves the community members to help make improvements to their communities and enrich their lives. The group has a mission to provide clean water in the rural areas by providing education to help themselves making them more independent.

2 Anastacia D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I sponsored the construction of a well in my daughters name for a rural community. My daughter passed away as a child and I wanted to help families provide clean drinking water to their children - globally, water born illness is the greatest cause of death for children under five. El Porvenir dedicated a plaque at the base of the well to my daughter. The plaque reads in Spanish so that the residents using the well could remember my daughter in the life giving water. Three years later there continue to be fresh flowers placed upon the plaque daily. This is the greatest and most joyous gift that I have been able to share. The work that this organization does is unsurpassed. They work with local communities to build and maintain structures and in doing so give residents pride and responsibility in the water and sanitation systems that are created. El Porvenir brings donors and volunteers down to Nicaragua to meet with families and see the projects that they have forwarded and they do this with a skeleton administrative budget in order to stretch dollars to where they belong - the families who need and deserve clean water.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

El Porvenir is a wonderful and sustainable nonprofit that makes a real difference in the lives of rural Nicaraguans. They hire local people to work with local people, creating jobs while providing vital services the government cannot. Water, sanitation, and hygiene provide the best chance for people to get out of poverty, and El Porvenir attacks this problem in the best ways possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

El Porvenir's vision is clear and executed well. Starting with a mission of clean water for rural Nicaragua, they saw how sanitation, deforestation and a lack of education on these issues was impacting their clean water mission. They expanded their work to address these issues to support sustainable sources of clean water.

With only a one in-country gringo and a few stateside, they built an organization run by Nicaraguans, designed their mission as technical assistance to a local community that has an active role in their project. El Porvenir follows up with the community on each project and uses simple technology that can be maintained locally and is sustainable.

Volunteers can get involved in work projects that are well organized, informative, and transformative.

Overhead is low so donations have a big impact on the people it is intended to help

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have volunteered on projects run by several different organizations. But the water project we worked on in Nicaragua with El Porvenir was by far the best organized, most smoothly run, and truly inclusive project of any we have experienced. The people from the village participated in the decision making and we worked side by side with them building a lavenders and shower stall. El Porvenir does not stop its support with the end of the building. It returns to visit the people, make sure the equipment is maintained, and trouble shoots for years to come. El Porvenir is an outstanding organization.

Sheila and Ed Rogers

2 Mary231

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization! When my son was 14 I traveled with him to Nicaragua with El Porvenir for a service trip to build latrines in a village near Dario. We were a group of Oberlin College graduates, eclectic as can be, accompanied by an Oberlin professor with expertise as a researcher in Nicaragua and parts of Central America. What a time we had! Another mother came with her son near in age to mine, and the boys worked side by side with the adults and were the hit of the community we worked with. Impressive to me was how well organized the trip was, from meeting us at the airport (in a beat-up Russian made mini-truck, but how appropriate!) to take us to the hotel, where the electricity was out but candles led our way. Our interpreter was wonderful, local hosts and planner all excelled in what they did. The side trips to see the coffee plantation and other sites made it a rich experience. I appreciated a trip of value, the opportunity to help my son learn about service, and that we lived and ate not as outsiders, but with villagers. Also appreciated that we worked side-by-side with villagers, and that there was local capacity building to sustain clean water and sanitation systems. Great all around experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband, Doug Beaman, and I went to Nicaragua with El Porvenir and helped to build a water well for a small village and an elementary school near El Saulse. We have talked to hundreds of people about the value of volunteering with the wonderful organization of El Porvenir to help the amazing people of Nicaragua. The people in the village worked so hard to build this well. We were happy that our team could fill in for about ten villagers who could continue with their regular farming and jobs on the days we worked. After graduating high school two years ago our grandson, Matt Beaman, who had heard our stories, also went with El Porvenir to do reforestation in Nicaragua. He loved it as much as we did! My favorite memory is of the poetry written by the Nicaraguan people in celebration of their new well!! Chyril Turner

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Donor

Rating: 5

My brother has been on the Board of El Porvenir for many years, I think from the beginning. I see his passion and dedication to bringing clean water to the people of Nicaragua. I hear the stories and saw the pictures of his trip to work on the wells. Because of my brother's belief in this work and in it's founder, Carol. I feel good about supporting El Porvenir. I feel it is very people centered in its mission and in its administration.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My trip to Nicaragua with El Porvenir was marvelous! It was exciting to see communities working together with third-world technology to improve their health, nutrition and the environment with very simple tools. Perhaps, we in the US could take some lessons from these dear people. I hope I can go again in some capacity.

2 Ruth P.

Donor

Rating: 5

In the 1980s, I worked with an international housing development organization. Friends who were working with the same organization in Nicaragua saw the need that wasn't being met for water and sanitation projects to go along with the housing development projects. El Porvenir was born, out of a community need and a clear vision, and has continued to make a difference in community after community. I know that when I make a donation, it is put to good use.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found El Porvenir to be a top-notch organization. They were well organized, friendly and clear about their mission. I participated in a week-long build of a laundry station [a laundry tray/wash board with a small attached water reservoir] and an enclosed shower. Previous builds had produced an outhouse and a water well, both of which were well maintained. They had safe water to drink and cook.
The people who were receiving these items worked side by side with us, and much harder than we could physically. They had already dug a large hole to become a storage tank for the used water, so it would seep slowly through the soil back into the water table. Previously the families had used fields as toilets and washed clothes and their bodies in the local stream, which polluted the water. Our families had already started the next phase of El Porvenir's mission: planting 4000 to prevent erosion and hold the water in the ground instead of flooding away during heavy rains.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Having traveled with a group of 14 people from all across the U.S. to help in Nicaragua through El Porvenir, I have the highest regard for this NGO. It is significant they work with people in the rural areas of that amazing country to help those people better their lives. El Porvenir works in the best way to allow long term, lasting benefits for the people of Nicaragua. People of that country take ownership, maintenance, care, and passion for their own water supply, hygiene, reforestation, and cooperation. It's about neighbor helping neighbor. An amazing country to spend time in and learn about. Nicaraguans want the best possible for their families. Right now I am excited about going to work with El Porvenir for 9 days next month. I encourage more peope to go there.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that has pioneered bringing clean drinking water on a sustainable basis to some of the most remote areas of Haiti. A rare combination of compassion and cost effectiveness!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Since I became aware of this organization, I have been incredibly impressed
And inspired by their work. They bring clean drinking water to do many in need.
I am eager to continue serif the work that they do and the see the lives
That they have impacted.

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Donor

Rating: 5

El Porvenir is a great non-profit that provides access to clean water and sanitation to many communities in Nicaragua. While the necessity of these fundamental facilities is obvious, what makes El Porvenir great is that it also provides education to the communities, ensures that they have or can save the capital to maintain and repair the facilities, and empowers members of the community to take charge of the projects. This not only increases the sustainability of the projects, but creates a great sense of value and self sufficiency in communities, this coupled with the health benefits and lifestyle improvements that access to clean water and basic sanitation provides can have a tremendous and long lasting impact.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first volunteered for an El Porvenir work vacation via Elderhostel (now Road Scholar). We elders constructed a lavandero, a laundry station in a poor rural community. We learned a lot and had so much fun in the process that our group volunteered together for several more times. The great thing is that all projects are interrelated, and each step follows logically - latrine construction with uphill reforestation and the making of fuel-saving stoves; lavandero construction after well construction; graywater treatment after lavandero construction.... All projects are requested by the local people, and education is provided by El Porvenir. Much of the "advertising" of El Porvenir is word of mouth from members of communities who have benefitted.

2 patty hall

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

H2O for Life engages youth across the country to investigate the global water crisis while taking action to raise funds to provide water, sanitation and hygiene education to schools in developing countries. El Porvenir is our NGO partner in Nicaragua. They provide a school to school connection with photos, project desriptions and stories about life in one school. Over the past 6 years, H2O for Life has donated more than $80,000 for projects through El Porvenir. I personally volunteered on a "work" team and know that the work being done is making a difference for schools and communities in Nicaragua.

They are one of our TOP NGO partners that we have worked with. We can't imagine doing our work without including El Porvenir as a top provider of schools.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Nicaraguan now living in the US, my family and I in Nicaragua have been personally impacted by the work carried out by El Porvenir. El Porvenir built the first water well in my town of Puertas Viejas. As a child, my brothers and I had to get up every morning at 4:00 am to get water and had to carry it in buckets on our heads from wherever we could find it for consumption and to do the housechores. Some times we had to drink the contaminated water from the lake or a nearby creek, but that was the only water that was available. When El Porvenir built the waterwell we finally had clean water to drink, bathe and do the house chores without us kids spending hrs and hrs carrying water to our homes. Instead, we could dedicate more time to our school work and to help our parents with other house chores.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I funded a project in Cana Brava, Nicaragua through El Porvenir. The purpose of the project was a way to honor our son. In March of 2013, we visited the site and were accompanied by their staff. We were very pleased with our project, their staff, and the community that welcomed us.

I would highly recommend anyone considering a water project, whether through a school, church, or personal reason to consider El Porvenir. They are very passionate about helping people.