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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

107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

Clarob

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.

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.

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!

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: 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.

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.

Review from Guidestar

1 Carol Atwell

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my second trip to Nicaragua with El Porvenir. We brought a friend with us. It is a fabulous opportunity to work with a grass roots organization providing life saving WATER!!!! A lot of hard work, a lot of fun! We will go back next year.

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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.

1 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.