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Review for FNE International, E Weymouth , MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

FNEI (Facilitating, Networking, Empowering International) is a not-for-profit social development organization that has ongoing projects in Nicaragua, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. Since 2013 I have been involved as a volunteer and contributor for FNE's project's in Nicaragua. The activity in Nicaragua is centered in (but not limited to) Chacraseca, a rural community outside Leon. FNE builds houses for impoverished working families, provides educational opportunities that add to what the local public school is already giving, and has a doctor on staff to serve patients in remote areas beyond the reach of the national health system. FNE built a community library in Chacraseca and dramatically upgraded the local medical clinic. A major focus of FNE is to hire as many local folks as possible to do its work, thereby boosting employment in the community. FNE works collaboratively with local associations who know the community better than any foreigner could.

Role:  Donor
 

Review for FNE International, E Weymouth , MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

FNE (Facilitating, Networking, empowering) International was originally called Friends New England International. FNE, based in Boston, does development work primarily in Nicaragua but also in Peru and the Dominican Republic. I first visited FNE's projects in Chacraseca, Nicaragua in 2013. This was an exploratory trip to see if I and my church would want to get involved with their work. I've been going back at least once a year ever since. FNE builds homes for destitute families, promotes women's independence by ensuring that all FNE homes are in name of the wife only, promotes education by supplementing the resources of the Ministry of Education at several rural schools (including by building new schools), has built a library for the community and now has a mobile library to get resources to more remote areas, and provides instruction in English as a foreign language. A newer initiative is to hire a medical doctor to visit homes in the remotest parts of Chacraseca and linking these remote families with the national health system. All of this work is done in close collaboration with local folks on the ground who understand the community and its needs. Because of the current political strife in the country, FNE is in need of more funds as operations shift from foreign volunteers to local hires. My wife and I are monthly sustainers and our connection with FNE is a source of tremendous joy to both of us.

Role:  Volunteer