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Ally_W

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Review for Neighbors To Nicaragua Inc, Wilmington, DE, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I’d like to address the comment and concerns of “ConcernedDonor072”. I can assure you that no volunteers, board members, or even our founder, receive compensation or benefits of any kind. Everyone that travels to Nicaragua to volunteer for our organization pays the entirety of their travel expenses themselves out of their own pockets. Our school staff does receive compensation, of course. Our school runs in parallel with the public school calendar and we have a very small staff consisting of three teachers, one cook (who also does all of the cleaning of the school), a night guard to protect our school from burglary and our administrator who handles all aspects of running our school and does so with great care and devotion. They are all local Nicaraguans and paid a fair wage with benefits as we feel is wholly appropriate. The costs of running the school, paying our staff, and feeding our students each day as part of our meal program is funded by donors. Those costs are entirely necessary to provide our students with a top notch school, daily nutrition and a loving and supportive staff dedicated to empowering each of them through education.

Our organization was founded on the philosophy of empowerment through education. That has always been our primary focus. We are not in the business of “handouts” as you stated. We partner with each and every student we support and there are expectations which must be met for our students to continue to receive educational support in the form of sponsorships for higher education or to be able to attend our school on an ongoing basis.

Our non profit is quite sustainable and all investments (we view our support as investments for individuals and future generations; not handouts) are vigorously vetted and monitored.

We appreciate your feedback and hope this alleviates any concerns you may have. Our financials are public as well and we invite you to view them as confirmation of all that I’ve explained here.

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Neighbors To Nicaragua Inc, Wilmington, DE, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I began my time with Neighbors to Nicaragua as a volunteer and eventually was invited to join the board of incredible people I’m honored to serve with! The work we do is so impactful and is supported by a community of amazing people deeply committed to the work we do. We have held true to our core values and commitment to using 100% of the funds we raise to directly serve the people of Nicaragua. No salaries, no expense accounts - we all use personal funds for travel to our school, Centro de Oportunidad. This organization continually renews my faith in the goodness of humanity and the achievements we can make when we come together in the pursuit of a better world for all.

Role:  Board Member