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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

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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.

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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

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My brother has been on the Board of El Porvenir for many years, I think from the beginning. I see his passion and dedication to bringing clean water to the people of Nicaragua. I hear the stories and saw the pictures of his trip to work on the wells. Because of my brother's belief in this work and in it's founder, Carol. I feel good about supporting El Porvenir. I feel it is very people centered in its mission and in its administration.

1 Ruth P.

Donor

Rating: 5

In the 1980s, I worked with an international housing development organization. Friends who were working with the same organization in Nicaragua saw the need that wasn't being met for water and sanitation projects to go along with the housing development projects. El Porvenir was born, out of a community need and a clear vision, and has continued to make a difference in community after community. I know that when I make a donation, it is put to good use.

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that has pioneered bringing clean drinking water on a sustainable basis to some of the most remote areas of Haiti. A rare combination of compassion and cost effectiveness!

Donor

Rating: 5

Since I became aware of this organization, I have been incredibly impressed
And inspired by their work. They bring clean drinking water to do many in need.
I am eager to continue serif the work that they do and the see the lives
That they have impacted.

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Donor

Rating: 5

El Porvenir is a great non-profit that provides access to clean water and sanitation to many communities in Nicaragua. While the necessity of these fundamental facilities is obvious, what makes El Porvenir great is that it also provides education to the communities, ensures that they have or can save the capital to maintain and repair the facilities, and empowers members of the community to take charge of the projects. This not only increases the sustainability of the projects, but creates a great sense of value and self sufficiency in communities, this coupled with the health benefits and lifestyle improvements that access to clean water and basic sanitation provides can have a tremendous and long lasting impact.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have contributed for many years.
El Porvenir helps rural communities in Nicaragua to build wells and latrines. Most of the labor is local, but EP also organized work trips from donor groups.
El Porvenir seems to be very cost effective. They are also very good about letting us know we are appreciated, even with phone calls.
Clean water is important to us, and we like to be part of an organization that brings clean water to those who need it.

1 Peter41

Donor

Rating: 5

Our church, St. Michael & All Angels, Portland, Oregon, has been sending work crews to Nicaragua for many years through the El Porvenir program. The teams have built technologically appropriate and sustainable water supply, sanitation, and wash facilities in rural villages that struggle to maintain clean water supplies. The personal transformation in the people who have done this work is evident and it furthers our personal commitment to ministry through actions to help people in need. I have been a donor and fund raiser for El Porvenir, including making them my charity of choice in fundraising in connection with a marathon.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I learned of the effectiveness of this group and began contributing I went on one of the work group to learn the respect they have earned in Nic and with supportors. The are a committed org with very low admin costs resulting in more projects completed. Education in all phases of their work is impressive, sanitation, reforestation etc.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with El Hogar since its founding, have visited projects in Nicaragua, and have seen the marked positive impact their clean water projects have made for the people in the villages of Nicaragua. All non-profits should do such a stellar job, particularly in their involvement of the people being served by these cooperative projects.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the most dedicated group of people to whom I have ever contributed. They have helped so many become self sufficient and done so at a very low cost.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Very professional, transparent organization with good donor and volunteer communications. Great objectives and implementation.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

This program is connecting youth from the USA with villages in Nicaragua to build lavenderas and wash stations throughout small villages. They also bring adult brigades to build and interact with the local people, bridging cultures and creating the type of experiences for both countries that will last a lifetime. This is a hands-on project, no standing on the sidelines, as volunteers experience first-hand what it is like to live and work in a rural Nigaraguan village, and the local people learn what it is like to work alongside Americans who have a heart. My daughter will be going to work this summer and I am so grateful for this opportunity for her to learn the language by intensive school and by immersion, and to see how the majority of the world lives. There is no better education for a US teen than this. And the people of the village gain something that will help them be self-sufficient, so it's a win-win situation.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

They accomplish quite a lot on a shoestring budget. I learned of them when the non-profit I volunteered at shared the same building as their headquarters. I gave them a donation on the spot. What's more critical than access to clean, potable water?

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard of El Porvenir many years ago when, I believe, the founders came to my town and spoke. I continue to be very impressed with their innovative approaches to bringing clean water to Nicaragua. The technology they use can be easily repaired, the community is involved in the process and the culture is taken into consideration. I think my money is used well.

Review from Guidestar