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Nonprofit Overview

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

116 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

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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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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