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El Porvenir

Managua, Nicaragua

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El Porvenir is an organization based in Denver that relies on donations from companies and individuals to help build water projects for communities in Nicaragua. Created as a branch of Habitat for Humanity, El Porvenir, meaning “the future” was established in the 1980s with the mission to “improve the standard of living of poor people in Nicaragua through sustainable self-help water, sanitation and reforestation projects.”

Communities that request a water or sanitation project come to one of the El Porvenir offices located in small villages throughout Nicaragua and apply for assistance. El Porvenir sponsors the projects and oversees the planning, construction and follow-up, while the community members do the labor and the maintenance. The projects are sustainable because they are not only actively sought out and manned by the villagers, but they are also projects in which the entire community can take pride.

Along with helping communities to build wells and latrines, El Porvenir has recognized a need to start reforestation programs. Trees that protect the watershed were being cut down for fuel for cooking. In 2007, El Porvenir planted more than 40,000 trees and assisted in building eco-stoves that require a fraction of the firewood.


Ways in which you can help at El Porvenir:

• With a group of 10-15 people you can join a brigade and help a village construct a water project.

• If planning on staying in Managua, you may want to volunteer in the office, helping to write reports, grant proposals or update the website.

• Take an educational tour to see a project in action.


With the brigades and educational tours, a fee is charged that covers all the costs, but if you are interested in coming on your own and paying your own expenses, there are always ways to help.


El Porvenir contact information:


U.S. Address: 1420 Ogden Street #204, Denver, CO 80218

Phone: 1-303-861-1499

Work trip and tour inquiries: Jo Buesher

Executive director in Nicaragua: Rob Bell


Contact Information:
Phone: 011-505-268-5781
E-mail: info(at)

By Karina Zobolotny

Karina currently�lives in Nicaragua, where she intermingles with the local animals and wildlife, and occasionally likes to...

20 Jan 2009

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