I had the privilege to volunteer at Nicaphoto for 5 months in 2017 with Marketing and technology program (Level Up Village) and everyday I was amazed by their work. The staff is fully committed to their mission to provide a healthy and positive environment to 100+ children and teenagers from one of the poorest neighborhoods in Nicaragua throughout education, arts, nutrition and sports.I had the chance to be part of their everyday and watch kids developing a lot of the necessary skills in order to thrive. Most of them are the first ones in their family to attend school and to actually consider the idea of finishing high school and attending a university. And this is because of the solid program they attend at Nicaphoto and the amazing staff that teach them everyday about respect, self care, self development, collaboration and trust. I still feel part of Nicaphoto and hope they keep growing in order to help more and more underprivileged kids to grow!
Ronnie and the NicaPhoto project continue to grow and inspire! What a beautiful contribution to our world!!
I work for a dance non-profit that brings dance to underserved communities and we have had the pleasure of working with Nicaphoto for six years! I specifically was able to work with them on my own for 6 weeks to share dance with the students who benefit from Nicaphoto. The services they provide youth with are exceptional. Not only do they provide tutoring and educational services, they also promote self expression through various art classes that are offered, giving students a well rounded after school setting. Two thumbs up to Nicaphoto!
Thanks so much Amy!! We are so blessed to partner with JUNTOS and all your fabulous dancers. Our missions really align so well. Can't wait for you to come back!
NicaPhoto Founder/Director and Professional Photographer, Ronnie Maher, was on my radar 13 years ago when she was teaching photography to underserved youth in Norwalk, CT. and Nagarote, Nicaragua. She excelled at encouraging her students to find common ground by using their cameras to share their stories. Since then Ronnie has dedicated her vision to successfully growing NicaPhoto, with photography and other arts still a core part of the programming. I’m honored to have worked with Ronnie over the years to present NicaPhoto photography exhibitions at my art gallery in Norwalk. Each new show seems to map not only the stories and heart of the NicaPhoto project but also the amazing positive progress of Ronnie’s original vision for sustainable collaborations, community service, cross cultural teamwork and friendships.
Thanks so much Dennis!! It's been an amazing ride. Each time we do a show at your gallery it's been better than the last, in so many ways. The strong community connections and lasting friendships feed the creative spirit and keep the work progressing.
Allowing opportunity to those who may not have it, and to those who absolutely deserve it is something we can very rarely give to others. But NicaPhoto allows us that opportunity. NicaPhoto takes a passion that started with one woman and has grown into scores of people who share that same passion and wish to see the growth, the education and the opportunity arise to these incredible children.
Thanks Scott! "It takes a village"
I feel incredibly lucky to have been involved with such an amazing organization for 5 years and counting. With NicaPhoto, you can truly see the impact of every donation, and the dedication from Ronnie and the staff is incredibly inspiring. Watching the students, staff and even the physical space thrive over the last several years has been so rewarding and I can't wait to see how the organization continues to grow!
Thanks Jess! It means so much to everyone on the ground that you all are in it for the long haul; that you come back. It's about building lasting relationships and we are so grateful for that!!
Providing love and compassion to these kids, takes an awesome team like NIca Photo. You guys rock!!!
Mi experiencia con NicaPhoto para mi ha sido única estoy con Ronnie desde el inicio creí que este proyecto no solo sería un sueño sino una realidad verdadera que ha traído mucha alegría a tantos niños,adolescentes he visto cómo ha crecido NicaPhoto los programas con los que se cuentan son de mucha importancia para la educación y desarrollo personal para cada uno de ellos. Yo me siento orgullosa porque he podido enseñar a muchos niños a leer y escribir y eso me satisface en Nicaphotos todos somos una gran familia que cada dia va creciendo más.Gracias Ronnie por ser un agente de cambio para nuestra comunidad de Nagarote.
I have been working with Nicaphoto for the past few years teaching, and I keep coming back because I see the great impact this program has on the community. It allows for these kids to further their education and be introduced to subjects that wouldn’t normally have access to. Nicaragua needs programs like this during these trying times, as a way to create a safe space and help their future.
My friends and I take multiple trips from CT to Nicaragua to support Nicaphoto. We work with the community to; finish building a school, deliver a dozen of latrines to families, plant gardens, play soccer, learn how to cook and dance. Nicaphoto allows us to safely immerse ourselves in the culture which keeps us coming back.
Thanks so much Robie Lyn. We really missed you the past couple of years, but we hope you will be back again sometime in the future!!
Nicaphoto's impact to the Nagarote community is truly incredible. I have been connected with the organization for over 5 years and every time I am able to visit, the progress of the kids amazes me. Ronnie and the staff's dedication to changing the lives of these children is beyond honorable. I am so proud to be apart of the Nicaphoto community.
Thanks Paige!! And we are so glad to have you and the whole NiCarpenteragua Team part of our NicaPhoto Family!! xoxo
I give Nicaphoto 5 ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Because I have seen the immense change this non profit organization has had on poor communities in need of people who care, volunteer and strive to bring compassion and talent to children who otherwise would never have an opportunity to experience Art, photography, dance etc. Bravo Nicaphoto and Thank you!
Thank you Jeannine!!
I had the privilege to volunteer with Nicaphoto for 3 months, and witnessed the way they impacted these kids lives. Not only the kids, but the community is impacted each and every day by the generosity, compassion, and love Nicaphoto represents.
Thanks so much Andrew!! It was great having you with us, even just for a few month.
My name is Audi, I'm 16 years old. I've been a student at NicaPhoto since 2012. NicaPhoto's project has literally seen me grow. Being at NicaPhoto is awesome. At NicaPhoto I improved in all my classes, they're always there when you need them. The moments in NicaPhoto are indescribable, they are memories so precious to me. I have taken many courses(photography courses, computer courses, 3D printing courses and others) When you're at NicaPhoto you really feel at home, you don't have to pretend be a different person, you don't have to use a mask because they accept you just the way you are; they let you be yourself... At NicaPhoto you can do whatever you want: from sing to read. You're the one who chooses what to do and they always make you smile even when your day is the worst. At NicaPhoto I've learned moral values, to talk in public, to help people, and to be more expressive. At NicaPhoto I improved my English level too. NicaPhoto also helped in my sister's surgery process and I'm really glad for that! I just wanted to tell you a little about NicaPhoto and how it is changing and improving many lives in Nicaragua! NicaPhoto is the best, always worrying about us!
Audi is an exceptional student and really summed it up well! Amazing that he could express that all so clearly in ENGLISH!!
I've been volunteering with them for past three years. They're the best and provide life changing services for the community of Nicaragua!
This is a wonderful organization which helps to change the lives of children and, thus, the community in Nagarote. Ronnie's vision and brilliance make this happen!
This is an amazing group that improves children's lives through photography and outreach programs!
As a former expat working in Nicaragua in community development, I've known Ronnie since 2009 and seen Nicaphoto develop into a thriving community full of success stories. I love dropping by the office there because there is always something exciting happening and good news to share - another young person with a scholarship, more kids in tutoring, a harvest from their beautifully managed garden to share around. Nicaphoto practices the kind of tough love that really makes change - holding young people to a high standard of responsibility, setting a high bar for their achievements, and then giving them the support and individual attention that shows them someone believes in them.
I have been on the board since the inception.I am marveled as to what one woman can do with little and built an organization with a team that reasonable and understand her work.
She is an example, oh so completely of what one can do if willing to dare the impossible.
From after school programs that help educate not just the young but the not so...and make a difference in achieving what we here in the USA take for granted...Education is giving a choice to people.Garden to feed and to teach sustainable agriculture in a place like the barrillos of Nicaragua .Tell me that is not the way to help one another.Tell me that this women does not understand the need of other community.Because if you really can t tell me that non profit organization is the greatest source of relief and support and need...then you have not understood that principle...Nicaphot,Inc has and deserves all of our support.SHe has mine and hope you will recognize that yours is just as important....Thx
I went to Nicaragua with Builders Beyond Borders, who partnered with Nicaphoto, to build a preschool in Sonrisa de Dios as the first phase of building schools there. I saw first hand the work that Ronnie does at Nicaphoto, and the profound impact she is making for the children in her program whose families are among the poorest of the poor. Nicaphoto instills confidence, nurtures, transforms, teaches and enables children (and their families) to see and strive for life's possibilities. Ronnie is one of my heroes.
I volunteered at NicaPhoto this past March and had such a life-changing experience. The kids are fantastic and absolutely cherish the moments they get to spend with the amazing staff. NicaPhoto provides these kids with opportunities most of us take for granted - learning how to dance, eating a nutritious lunch, developing skills in horticulture, and many many more. I could go on and on, but the main reasons this place is so successful is that they care and they take action.
Nicaphoto, it is a big project full of emotions educational activities that generate a wonderful contribution to our childhood, characterized by its creative approach to each child to develop different skills for school and intellectual growth, which make a difference in their lives, thus generating greater opportunities in the labor market in the future. It has been for me great pleasure and enjoyment to work with so humble cause. The experiences I have lived since entering in 2015 have shaped me professionally and from a more humanitarian approach. NicaPhoto is a project that changes lives.
Thanks so much Karen. Karen works for NicaPhoto on the ground in Nagarote, Nicaragua.
I've known Ronnie before she started Nicaphoto and was just visiting Nagarote on her own to work with kids in town and teach photography. She created Nicaphoto out of a love and passion for this country, community and kids. Nicaphoto aims to improve the lives of the families they work with originally through photography but oh how they have grown to do so much more! What I love the most is how they work tirelessly to empower young girls through different trainings and classes. I'm so proud of the work Nicaphoto does and as a former Peace Corps volunteer in this community, I couldn't be any prouder of the organization Ronnie and her team has built!
I was approached do a mission trip in the fall of 2013 to help an afterschool program finish construction on two school class rooms. I thought it would be a fun trip and that would be it. Little did I know the caliber of people I would be working with at Nicaphoto 3 years later in 2016. August will bring about my third mission trip with this organization, and I wouldn't change a thing about it. Nicaphoto is staffed by people who genuinely believe in what they are doing, and that makes all the difference.
I went to Nicaragua last August for many reasons. I had wanted to be a part of an international community service trip for at least a decade, if not more. My father has been a part of trips like this since I was 3 years old. He had also been with Nicaragua to work with Nicaphoto in the years past. My 10 day trip changed my life. From the moment we got there, Nicaphoto felt like a family. The people who work there, believe so wholeheartedly in the services they are carrying out for this community. The barrio is a place that has so much need. The vastness of the needs these families have cannot be explained in words. It has to be something you see with your own eyes. Generations of families living in small plastic homes. People are hungry and the children are craving extra activities and affections. Nicaphoto gives that opportunity to so many. The focus is to empower young girls to be more but Nicaphoto doesn't just do that. It encourages all children to want more for themselves and for their families. It starts now but will eventually trickle down to generations of children wanting more and going after it. Nicaphoto gives these children new goals. It is a happy place. Ronnie has turned a small vision into a nonprofit that is changing an entire community. She, along with her relentlessly hardworking staff, have started a movement. The more the organization has, the more it can give, and the more kids who can be a part of the program. My experience building latrines for families was so much more than just building bathrooms. I've never worked so hard doing manual labor. There are jobs for everyone. Even those like me, with minimal experience with tools and building. These people changed my life. It changed my perspective on the world. I challenge anybody to spend some time being a part of an experience like this. Nicaphoto is an incredible place. Their mission should be heard all around the world.
Throughout the years I've seen this organization grow and help so many kids from my native country receive Education and sports activities that all children deserve to experience in their childhood. I am so thankful for Nicaphoto for choosing to help Nicaraguan children live a little and laugh a little.
Ronnie does amazing work at Nicaphoto! Her kids benefit so much from the opportunities she provides them. She is able to combine art, education, health, and community to create an extremely supportive environment. Her participants are already giving back to their community though this program. I visited a year ago and was completely blown away by these wonderful students and their wonderful director. Art is so important to provide for children to create confidence, leadership, and self expression. Ronnie realizes what these students need in order to succeed.