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Review for El Porvenir, Westminster, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I traveled to Nicaragua as part of a Volunteer Brigade in November 2010, to help a small community outside El Sauce build a lavandero, a community washing and bathing facility. The experience was transformative for me. I had never been part of the reality of everyday life in a third world country before. This experience enabled me to understand in a new, visceral way how difficult life is for many people on this earth. The project was incredibly well organized, with wonderful leaders. We volunteers worked hard alongside adults and children from the small community, and we were able to finish the project by the end of the week. I saw firsthand that El Porvenir is truly a "self-help" organization. The community's latrines and well, built with assistance from El Porvenir, had already made a great improvement in the health and economic stability of this small community, and the completed lavandero was enabling them to take another step into a healthier, more economically secure future. We saw health education and reforestation taking place. This is an organization which does not waste money, and which truly makes a difference in the daily lives of poor people.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it more funds to continue its excellent work.

Role:  Volunteer & Helped construct a lvandero, a community washing and bathing facility.