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Causes: Economic Development, Health, Hospitals, International, International Development, International Economic Development, International Relief, Microfinance

Mission: Rainbow Network is a Christian organization that specializes in long-term, partnership based, community development programs for Nicaragua. Our mission is to share the love of Jesus Christ with Nicaragua's poorest people through healthcare, education, economic development and housing. Our work targets remote locations where people are suffering in dirt-floor shacks, without medical care, a lack of sanitation or pure water, and limited educational opportunities. Rainbow Network enters by invitation into areas where basic services for the poor are not available either from the Nicaraguan government or other religious or social agencies.

Results: Since it’s founding in 1995, The Rainbow Network has served millions of meals, educated thousands of children, built over a thousand houses, and provided health care to the neediest in rural Nicaragua.

Target demographics: create better lives and opportunities for the poor in rural Nicaragua

Direct beneficiaries per year: 59,000 individuals.

Geographic areas served: 166 communities in rural Nicaragua

Programs: Economic Development, Education, Housing and Healthcare/Feeding Centers.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Always finding new ways to help those that need help. An organization that love the people they are helping. They make sure the donation are used for the people of Nicaragua and not for a large overhead So glad I am a part of this outstanding nonprofit

Hannah C.3

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Rating: 5

I was able to work with The Rainbow Network when I was finishing my Master’s Degree in Nonprofit. They so generously allowed me to do my capstone project about their organization. From learning the behind-the-scenes that TRN is doing, I was absolutely blown away by their programming. They could be a model nonprofit for many organizations, nationally and internationally. They are using their resources effectively and impacting people in practical ways. Their internal communication is phenomenal. A donor can truly trust TRN to use their money wisely. I am impressed with how committed TRN has been, despite many obstacles that are outside of their control. I could go on and on, but in all, this is one of the most impressive Nonprofits that I have been able to get to know.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rainbow Network is one of the best organizations I have ever been involved with. They are completely transparent about their fund raising and financing and serve so many people in Nicaragua. I’ve been there to witness first hand how donations are spent and was so impressed. Rainbow is an excellent opportunity to invest in-they truly live out the mission life!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Rainbow Network! They are focused on giving the people of rural Nicaragua a hand up, not a hand out. Their holistic approach is really changing lives. Plus, they are very transparent about where the money donated goes. They also only employ Nicaraguans in the country.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been on several trips to Nicaragua with Rainbow Network. They are life changing events! The families supported by RN all receive a hand up not a hand out. The families work within their own villages to help each other thru Rainbow. Our church supports a village. Jim and I support 5 scholarship students. We gave each of our three children a student to write to last year for Christmas. When you know that your money is going to a great cause, you never mind writing that check. Get involved, you won’t ever regret it and you will be changing lives every day!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

My church has been involved with Rainbow (RN) from it's beginning. Our church sent a work team there to build on houses, and several teams have gone since, we've paid for building a village, and along with many others collect and send two containers a year there with needed items. Well over 100 students are supported. It is without a doubt one of the best non-profits around as Nicaraguans are involved in the process and carry out the ministry while RN raises funds and lifts up the special needs, medical, dental, etc. of the rural poor. A well rounded ministry with building villages, providing education, health care, and microloans. It is truly a self help program and deserves recognition.

Donor

Rating: 5

My family sponsors 2 students through Rainbow Network. They are a wonderful organization in meeting the needs of the rural Nicaraguan citizens. They provide homes, education, healthcare, and micro loans, all while teaching independence and allowing the people in the community to grow and learn how to care for themselves and families. My daughter and husband spent a week on a healthcare trip with the Rainbow Network. It was life changing for both of them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with The Rainbow Network for about 15 years and have never failed to be impressed with the great work that they do with the poor in rural Nicaragua and the way they do it on such a tight budget. I have been to Nicaragua to see the work several times and can tell you firsthand that this organization truly empowers individuals and communities to succeed on their own terms. They have a holistic program -- healthcare, education, housing and economic development -- that requires genuine personal involvement and responsibility. In a country that has had such a difficult history (and present!), especially for the poor, Rainbow Network has been a true light. They are faith-based, but require no religious commitment, nor do they work with just one church or denomination. They are simply following the Golden Rule -- Do Unto Others...

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was a journalist for years, often covering nonprofits, including The Rainbow Network. I was so impressed that I became a supporter. I have traveled to Nicaragua to see what they do and came away amazed. The holistic programs, all run by Nicaraguans on staff, change lives in so many ways, and each changed life (whether it is through education, healthcare, housing or economic development) changes the entire community, which in turn is changing the country. And learning that they spend less than 10 percent of the budget on administrative expenses made becoming a donor a no brainer!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We just attended the 20th Anniversary Celebration Rainbow Network had. It is amazing how much what they have accomplished in the past 20 years in rural Nicaragua. Seeing the pictures of those lives being changed and the stories of lives changed with so little, just amazes me.

I definitely recommend anyone that wants to be a part of changing lives (not only others but yours too) go on one of their trips to see the works of Rainbow Network in action. You will never be the same!

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful experience I have had the last 4 years as a sponsor of a young lady in NIcaragua! Through letters to and from her and a mission trip there and meeting her in person, I have been blessed by God's love over and over. Knowing I have helped someone receive an education has enriched my life as well as hers. Rainbow Network is an organization like none other; I thank them for what they do. Now, I am starting the same experience with another student in the same area. I hope to begin communication with him soon. With God's guidance, my life and his will be rewarding.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I sponsor two students through Rainbow Network. The personal connection is tremendous and the knowledge that my gift is making an incredible difference is a blessing to me. The idea that I am not just helping these two children, but their whole family for generations is amazing. I encopurage everyone to check out the Rainbow Network and to get involved.