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Location Nicaragua
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Mission. To improve the standard of living of poor people in Nicaragua through sustainable self-help water, sanitation and reforestation projects.

Goals[edit | edit source]

  • To improve the health of poor people, especially the children, and to reduce infant mortality.
  • To lessen the physical burden on women and children of carrying water.
  • To support self-help, community-initiated efforts in rural villages.
  • To transfer to the villagers skills which they can use to improve their lives.
  • To preserve the watersheds on which the water projects depend.

Activities[edit | edit source]

Each year, El Porvenir offers one-week and two-week work trips to Nicaragua. Groups of 10-15 people work in a village assisting Nicaraguan families in the construction of water, sanitation, or reforestation projects. The group is accompanied at all times by a bilingual El Porvenir staff member. Neither Spanish nor construction skills are required, though both are useful and welcome.

Costs[edit | edit source]

Work trips cost $800 to $1075 and the fee covers the following expenses:

  • Cost of project materials, tools and equipment
  • Pre-project organization, materials purchase and delivery
  • Reservations, airport transfers, special arrangements
  • Lodging, meals and transportation within Nicaragua
  • Services of group coordinators/interpreters
  • A recreational weekend at the beach or in the mountains
  • Health/accident/baggage insurance

Dates[edit | edit source]

  • July 24 to 31, 2008 — Open
  • August 9 to 18, 2008 — Open
  • October 4 to 13, 2008 — Elderhostel Service Program
  • January 31 to February 7, 2009 — Open
  • February 20 to 28, 2009 — Open

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Type Organization
Keywords water, sanitation, reforestation
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG06 Clean water and sanitation, SDG10 Reduced inequalities, SDG15 Life on land
Authors David Reber
Published 2008
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
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