I interned with Fabretto in 2015 and have since stayed connected. The work they do in Nicaragua provides opportunities for children and families that would be impossible without the support of this organization. Not only does the organization do consistently amazing work for deserving people, but the community of benefactors and collaborators it attracts makes it clear that Fabretto Children's Foundation intends to continue leveraging every available resource to end poverty in its home country.
I volunteered for Fabretto in the summer of 2014 and my experience was wonderful. The part that stands out to me about Fabretto is that they become so deeply rooted in each community that they engage with whether this is through community development, educational programs, or nutrition programs. The community really depends and relies on Fabretto and it is clear to see that they have inspired so many individuals. When my fellow volunteers and I went to visit some of the classrooms, we were shocked at how enthusiastic and driven a lot of the students were. Many of them had hopes, dreams, and ambitions that were inspired by the Fabretto program. Fabretto even supports many of their young students in some of their entrepreneurial ambitions, which I find very unique about this nonprofit.
i have knonw fabretto for many years because of my family envolvement with it. I hadnt have the chance to see it for my self until this summer. During the three weeks i was there working as a volunteer i did not only had my expectations far exceed it, but i have found my self being able of things that i didnt think posible. Clearly fabretto has given me more than i have given to them. i am eager to go back and learn more about Nicaragua´s ashtonoshing hisotry and about frabrettos outstading proyect .
I first met Fabretto Foundatoon in 2004 when I knew his president at a wedding. I went to Nicaragua, to Cusmapa and I falled in love with their work there. I am a forester so I started giving my support through writing environmental proposals for the forestry project of Fabretto. After seven years with my students ( I was a professor at Yale university) we created www.parqueparalapaz.org where we stand for a protected peace area arround the work of Fabretto in Nicaragua and Honduras. The proposal has been admited by the Honduras goverment and we hope to make it real and bring many ecoturists to the area to overocme poverty at the same time the forest receive more protectio.n I came back this summer again for my 8th time... Mine perhaps is a different type of volunteering but we are always welcome by the local people and the wonderful staff of Fabretto. What I love in Fabretto is that everything is well organized but at the same time you can free your creativity to try to give your best for the "chavalos", the children...
I first volunteered with Fabretto during the summer of 2013 and absolutely loved my experience! This was my first time living abroad and not only did I enjoy getting to experience all that Nicaragua has to offer, but I absolutely loved Fabretto's status and was impressed by all the work that they do. When you see it for yourself, it is overwhelming how many people they impact, even in the most remote communities in the country. It was an incredible opportunity to see lots of projects firsthand and I was happy to see that they are responsible and effective with their spending.
This past spring semester, I had the opportunity to intern at the Alexandria office and assisted with event planning and auction preparation, which is a large source of funding. I really enjoyed the office and the positive and persistent attitudes of the employees there. It was awesome to see how the DC office is integrated into the Nicaraguan office and how they work together to reach as many children as possible in Nicaragua! I absolutely love Fabretto and was so inspired by my experience that I want to move to Nicaragua to continue similar work.
Been involved with Fabretto for 25 years. First and foremost, the organization lives and breathes and has unwavering faith to the principles of Padre Fabretto. What first struck me was the number of "alumni" who remained involved to help others who came after them. Over the years I've come to understand why. In Spanish the organization is called "Familia Padre Fabretto." It is truly a family dedicated to serving the needs of those most vulnerable in society. I've lived the past three years in Nicaragua and Fabretto is one of the most respected NGOs around. I love going out and meeting the kids at the centers and and feeling the energy of the teachers and staff.
Fabretto was my first international non-profit volunteering experience and it was remarkable! After working for a year with Ameri-Corps, I could see that their academic program, SAT was a very distinctive curriculum that takes advantage of the various communities of Nicaragua (both urban and rural). The students were well engaged in each class that I visited and the additional benefits that the students gained in these interactive settings became quite apparent through several class visits. What stood out most in my experience was the combination of community involvement via the contributions of local families and the self-sustainability projects such as the student gardens and student-oriented entrepreneurial undertakings. Most of all, the Fabretto staff were very welcoming and supportive to all of their volunteers and ensured that they were well-accommodated during their volunteer experience.
I've been a volunteer and a donor with Fabretto for nearly 10 years, during which time I've seen and interacted with almost every aspect of the organization up close. It's an organization that I'd highly recommend to anyone and one that I'll continue to have a relationship with well into the far distant future.
I have been volunteering with Fabretto for just about the last 6 months and have been extremely happy with my experience. I first began working with Fabretto while in college and came on a short term volunteer trip during that time. I studied non profits and development and found Fabretto to be doing such great things and decided to come back after graduating. While volunteering I have learned so much about working with communities and feel like Fabretto works in all these places with such care and responsibility to the people that live there. It has truly helped so many individuals and I have seen and heard this from the people in the communities themselves. So many kids have received opportunities that they would not otherwise have without Fabretto. In addition, the staff has genuine interest for the mission of the organization and puts much effort into their work with the children and communities.
For the past three months I have been interning for Fabretto in the events department. I have found my time here to be absolutely terrific. This has been my first experience working for a non profit and I believe that the knowledge I have gained will be very useful for me in the future.
Fabretto works hard to provide for the indigent children and families of Nicaragua. It is very easy to see the tremendous impact Fabretto has thanks to great communication between programs. The difference they are making is astounding and will continue to better the lives of the less fortunate as this non profit grows.
I have lived in the third world for many years and seen lots of non-profits some good and some bad. I work for this one and because I believe so highly in Fabretto's work, ethics, heart and most of all, impact, I'm not just an employee, but a donor. And I've gotten my friends and family to donate as well, because I trust Fabretto and I admire the work. I am proud to give to this organization, and I am proud to work here.
I was deeply disappointed with my three month experience as Associate of Development at Fabretto. The settled staff is very tight knit which makes for an honest and productive working environment. Nonetheless, the CFO has absolutely no experience in finance or accounting and was requesting I research certain practices. The CDO has social connections which bring money into the organization, but she lacks in overall operation of a development team. Additionally, she seems to think her parking tickets are company expenses. The tight knit nature of the staff only brushes off comments questioning expenses and spending. There is very little transparency and accountability with CDO spending as she demands access to the reporting.
Fabretto does work that must be done, but they have the potential to do it so much better. If only this nonprofit would not hire based on connections, but based on actual experience. Additionally, they should heed the suggestions brought up by new staff.
Lastly, a great reflection of an organizations core is looking at the CEO. Mr. Marinacci has a big heart, but he is a heinous supervisor and continuously mistreats employees, procrastinates on Board demands and disregards legitimate concerns about employee conduct. Fabretto could use creating an actual HR department or having one individual who maintains HR and nothing else (otherwise it'd be a conflict of interests).
I do not recommend giving to this organization for the next three years... rather I recommend volunteering with them. Even to volunteers it is most transparent their disregard for improvements and other-than-executive-staff. The negligent spending of the CDO is not pardonable. The disgraceful behavior of a CEO towards his staff is unacceptable. Furthermore, the unqualified CFO condoning bad spending practices was enough to make me balk at some of the tasks I was given. For such a well established nonprofit in Nicaragua, it's sad to see it's not holding itself to a more authentic and quality standard.
Over the past six years, I have been very pleased as a donor/volunteer with how each dollar is used by the Fabretto volunteers and the organization on the whole. I have seen the value of these monies in the programs offered to the children and their families. I will continue to donate my time and resources to this worthwhile cause.
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I have worked as a volunteer with the Fabretto Foundation for the past 4 summers. I started coming down to teach Violin and Viola and then for the past 2 summers I worked as a translator for Volunteer groups. I have seen the change in the students over the 4 year period of time. Some of my students who were extremely shy my first time down there are now on scholarships to attend college to become engineers and computer technicians. Fabretto truly uses the education and other programs to help break the cycle of Poverty in Nicaragua and they do an incredible job!
Took the donor trip to Nicaragua twice...what an eye opening and life changing experience. Plus, what an awesome hard working and genuine group of brilliant folks running this organization.
My husband & I learned of Fabretto in 2002 when our daughter worked as a Jesuit Volunteer in Cusmapa. We visited her there & saw first hand the passion and dedication of Fabretto staff to educate and care for the children. We also witnessed their support for mothers who desired improved life & futures for their children. Since 2002 I have been amazed at the progress & growth the Fabretto organization has undergone & the fruits of all their efforts--so many programs, new buildings, increased numbers of children, etc, etc. We enjoy reading the newsletter to learn of the latest progress. GREAT ORGANIZATION!!!
I worked as a volunteer with Fabretto for a year and was consistently impressed with the work and management of the organization. Fabretto works in so many meaningful ways, to really help the children and families in their communities. The focus on food through the feeding programs, health, education, and vocational training really have substantial benefits on the students and the families. Watching the students in the center I worked in mature, develop, and learn was incredibly inspiring. The focus of Fabretto's efforts allowed many of our students to stay in school, when they would have needed to leave help their parents work. Not only is the work well thought out, well targeted, and well implemented, the organization is also incredibly innovative. The development of Fabretto products, ranging from coffee to jewelry and baskets brings a new entrepreneurial focus to the organization, helping the students learn about business and management in a socially responsible way. One thing I have learned while working down in Nicaragua with Fabretto is that donations can really have a tremendous impact on the centers; for example, $30 can feed a student for almost a month. And $1 a day can provide a student with shoes, a uniform, daily lunch, school supplies, tutoring classes, computer classes, and vocational classes. I was consistently amazed to see how much of a difference a single person donating even $1 a day could make in our center.
I first became acquainted with Fabretto in 2006 after moving to Nicaragua with my spouse - a foreign service officer. Over the course of two years, I became a Fabretto devotee. Now back in the United States, I continue to work with the organization--serving on their advisory board and helping them pursue federal and private partnerships. Fabretto has a proven track record of success in a country where far too many non-profits appear more impressive on paper than in reality. A visit to Fabretto's educational centers is an uplifting experience, and you get a real sense of how respected and appreciated Fabretto is in the communities in which it operates. Among other things, Fabretto feeds children's minds and stomachs. As a rseult, Fabretto's kids are happier and healthier and are better positioned to break the cycle of poverty that plagues far too many communities in Nicaragua. Fabretto is exactly the kind of organic and proven organization that deserves our support. I encourage anyone interested ine helping kids to consider supporting this great organization and its wonderful and committed staff. I simply cannot say enough good things about their efforts on behalf of Nicargua's children.
I volunteered to write and edit grants targeted at gaining funds to expand the Health and Nutrition program for Fabretto. Through my experience I learned just how fantastic this organization is at getting the most benefit out of the monies they recieve. There are only a few people in the Arlington, VA office, but they work incredibly hard to keep the money coming in for the kids in Nicaragua. I truly hope I will be able to go with them sometime soon down to Nicaragua and experience everything they do there.
Dear all: I just would like to mention that I felt in love with Fabretto instantly when I saw their beautiful handmade baskets and their jewelry. So then, I started working with them as a volunteer which made me be so happy. Thanks to Fabretto for letting be part of them.