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List of UK organisations with projects or links in Nicaragua

1. Amos Trust

Contact Details: Amos Trust, St Clement's Eastcheap, 1 St Clements Court, Clements Lane, London EC4N 7HB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7588 2638

Email: office@amostrust.org

Webpage: http://www.amostrust.org/   

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amos-Trust/17789465618

Twitter: https://twitter.com/amostrust

Involvement in Nicaragua:

  • Supports CEPAD programme training rural communities to run development projects (e.g. community banks, livestock share schemes and farming cooperatives).
  • Supports Avocado Tree School in the rural town of La Concepcion.
  • Amos Health and Hope – trains local people to become health promotion workers.
  • Prestanic Microcredit - provides small loans (particularly to women) to enable the setting up of their own business.

Themes: Women’s and children’s rights, Education, Training, Microcredit.

Partner Organisations: CEPAD (Council of Protestant Churches of Nicaragua) http://cepadnica.org/

Additional Information: The Amos Trust is a human rights focussed organisation. Their work in Nicaragua comes under their umbrella term of ‘Amos Communities’, which promotes women's and children's rights through education and community development projects in rural areas.

2. Cafod

Contact Details: CAFOD, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB

Tel: 020 7733 7900              

Tel: +44 (0)20 7733 7900 (outside UK)                      

Email: cafod@cafod.org.uk

Website: http://www.cafod.org.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CAFOD

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cafod

Involvement in Nicaragua:

  • Housing, water, nutrition and education projects.
  • Crop growing, livestock, irrigation systems and environmental protection.
  • Emotional and economic support for women and girls vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
  • Lobbying and awareness raising to promote good governance and a stronger justice system.
  • Sends groups of youth volunteers as part of ‘Step into the Gap’ programme.

Themes: Housing, Water, Education, Women’s Rights, Governance.

Partner Organisations:

3. Casa Alianza

Contact Details: Casa Alianza UK Unit 2, The Business Exchange, Rockingham Road, Kettering, Northants NN16 8JX

Tel:  01536 526 447

Email/messaging via website: http://www.casa-alianza.org.uk/contact-us

Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/CASA-ALIANZA-NICARAGUA/228650747170925

Twitter: https://twitter.com/casaalianzanic

Involvement in Nicaragua:

  • Have a residential centre, a crisis and transition centre, and also a home for pregnant teenagers and teenage mothers.
  • The centres provide a home and help rehabilitate street children, many of whom have been sexually exploited, have broken family ties and have drug addictions.
  • Behind the anti-trafficking website www.noalatrata.org.ni, this allows Nicaraguans to inform on high-risk situations anonymously.
  • International volunteers work in child welfare, teaching, nursing, counselling, human rights or community outreach.
  • In the UK, people can volunteer in your local community, online or as a volunteer in the Casa Alianza headquarters.

Themes: Shelter and rehabilitation centre’s for street children.

Additional Information: Centre’s are located in Managua. Also has centre’s in Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

4. Central America Women’s Network (CAWN)

Contact Details: 44-48 Shepherdess Walk, London, N1 7JP

Tel: + 44 (0)207-324-5065

Email: info@cawn.org

Website:   http://www.cawn.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/CAWN-Central-America-Womens-Network/340568960713

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cawnetwork

Involvement in Nicaragua: CAWN works in solidarity with women’s organisations in Central America supporting them to defend their rights, fostering links between women’s organisations in the UK and Central America, and raising awareness of the concerns of Central American women amongst the public, NGOs and policy makers.

Specifically CAWN works in:

-          Reproductive Rights

-          Trafficking and Exploitation of Women

-          Economic and Labour Rights

-          Violence Against Women

Themes: Women’s rights, lobbying and advocacy in UK and EU, building capacity of activists.

Partner Organisations: Movement of Employed and Unemployed Women Maria Elena Cuadra (MEC) http://www.mec.org.ni/?lang=en

5. Christian Aid

Contact Details: 35 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, London SE1 7RL

Telephone: +44(0)2076204444

Email: london@christian-aid.org

Website: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/index.aspx

Address in Nicaragua:

Christian Aid Central America, Club Terraza 2 cuadras al Oeste 2 cuadras al Sur, 75vrs al Oeste. Villa Fontana Casa Número 150 Managua Nicaragua.                               

Tel: +505 2278 6010

Email: centralamerica-info@christian-aid.org

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/christianaid

Twitter : https://twitter.com/christian_aid

Involvement in Nicaragua:

  • Funds the Union of Co-operative Soppexxca who supports farmers to increase production of Fair trade coffee and diversify into new crops. Also organises community development initiatives such as schools, rubbish collection and tree planting.
  • Funds MCM’s work helping poor communities to develop their farming skills (crops and livestock), build bridges and hurricane shelters, and set up early warning systems and evacuation routes.
  • Works with Coordinadora Civil (CCER) to strengthen institutions and further citizen’s participation in influencing civil society. 
  • Works with Centro para la Prevención de la Violencia (CEPREV) to help young people involved in gangs in poor neighbourhoods.
  • Works with the Institute of Strategic Studies and Public Policy (IEEPP) to improve citizen participation in public affairs and support public policy for good governance. 
  • Works with Hibiscus to improve agricultural production, processing and marketing.
  • Works with Nochari to help small-scale producers to improve the way they process, market and sell their products and to protect themselves and their produce from storms and floods. Christian Aid funds training sessions, market stalls and equipment (e.g. solar panels).

Themes: Climate change mitigation, economic and social justice, agriculture, youth gang members.

Partner Organisations:

Additional Information: Works in Jinotega, Matagalpa, Managua and Nandaime.

6. Earth Education Project (EEP)

Contact Details: Tel: +44(0)78 5342 4990 

Email: info@eartheducationproject.org

Website: http://eartheducationproject.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EarthEducationProject

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EarthEducationP

Andrea Paltzer (founder) Email:andrea@eartheducationproject.org

Involvement in Nicaragua: Empower women living near the La Chureca rubbish dump (Managua), by providing them with a means to earn money (recycling scrap paper into artisan products) together with an education programme.

Themes: Empowerment of women, education, social development, healthcare.

Partner Organisations:

Additional Information: Aim is for the organisation to be self-funded through sales of their artisan products by 2016. Products sold under the brand name ‘Chureca Chic’.

7. Environmental Network for Central America (ENCA)

Contact Details: ENCA, c/o NSC Durham Road Centre, 86 Durham Road London N7 7DT

Email: enca.info@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/108340993803

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ENCA_News

Involvement in Nicaragua:

  • Supports sustainable development projects with an environmental component.
  • Provides small cash grants to partners for small projects, training events, publications or minor equipment expenses.
  • Publicises the issues around environmental degradation, threats to activists and the struggle for just and sustainable livelihoods, through their newsletter and events.
  • Campaigns with Central American NGOs for the environment and human rights.
  • Facilitates ENCA members to carry out research or volunteer with key partners.

Themes: Environmental degradation, environmental rights.

Partner Organisations: Not necessarily partners but various Nicaraguan organisation and individuals have received funding from ENCA e.g. Consejo de Mujeres de Occidente (CMO) received funding for eco stoves.

8. In our Hands

Contact Details: Email: info@itsinourhands.org.uk

Twitter @inourhands_uk

Website: http://itsinourhands.org.uk/

Roxanne Nanton and Michael Stewart (founders)

Involvement in Nicaragua:

  • Aims to create a self-sustaining network of rural women’s groups worldwide under the banner of ‘In our hands’ to enable each group to grow.
  • Work in partnership with local cooperatives and charities to provide training and resources to help secure the future of these women’s groups.
  • Increase social mobility through access to resources.
  • Raise awareness of the unpaid work of women.

Themes: Gender equality for rural women’s groups.

Partner Organisations: Rosario Castellón (Special advisor for In Our Hands based in Nicaragua).

Additional Information: The founders are ex-Raleigh ICS (International citizen service) volunteers, who set up a women’s group during the project they carried out for Raleigh in Nicaragua. This provided the inspiration for setting up In our Hands.

9. La Esperanza Granada

Contact Details: Calle Libertad, #307, Granada, Granada, Nicaragua

Tel: +505 58418677             

Email: info@la-esperanza-granada.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laesperanzagranada

Pauline Jackson, Operations Manager (contact details below).                                     

Tel: +505 89138946                          

Email:la_esperanza_granada@yahoo.com                                               

Involvement in Nicaragua:

  • Volunteers assist teachers, tutor young children, run sports programs, introduce children to computers and teach English.
  • Other volunteer positions include handyman, communication, promoting, grant writing, fundraising, building maintenance and construction.
  • Donations are used to pay for teaching resources (e.g. building schools, paying teacher’s salaries, providing books).
  • Volunteers (groups of 20 – 40) mostly work in schools with young children. Require an intermediate/higher level of Spanish.

Themes: Children’s education, construction and provision of educational facilities.

Partner Organisations:

Educational support and building partners:

Additional Information: Works with the permission of the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education in four or five government run public schools in the poorest barrios of Granada.

10. Mayagna Children’s Fund

Contact Details:

Email: info@mc-fund.org

Contact webpage: http://www.mc-fund.org/contact-mayagna-childrens-fund/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mayagna.fund?ref=hl

Involvement in Nicaragua:

Since 2004, the Mayagna Children’s Fund has provided funding and support for the following projects:

  • Los Quinchos, San Marcos (providing homes to streetkids)
  • El Barrilete, León, (an afterschool centre with some residential children)
  • MamaLicha Clinic, Estelí, (midwife, direct care and training)
  • Estelí Muralistas, (promoting healthcare and social awareness through murals)
  • Gustavo Herdocia, León, for Nicaplast, (reconstructive surgery in León and remote areas)
  • AspanicaSole, (supporting families of children with cancer)
  • Cecamo, (supporting women who suffer domestic violence)
  • Escuela de Comedia y Mimo, (afterschool centre feeding 60+ children)

Themes: Shelter, education and health care for disadvantaged children, Training and funding for nurses and educators, Social Awareness, and Women’s rights.

Maggie Barclay, who has run the Mayagna Children’s Fund with her sister Kate since 2008 and is also a Trustee, has written two books about the work of the Fund. ‘Rice and Beans’ and ‘Tuppeny Beans’; all proceeds from book sales go to the Fund. To buy the book: http://www.mc-fund.org/buy-a-book-support-the-fund/

11. Oxfam

Contact Details: Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Oxford OX4 2JY

Phone: +44 1865 473 727             

Fax: +44 1865 472 600 

Email: enquiries@oxfam.org.uk     

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oxfamGB/info

Twitter: https://twitter.com/oxfamnica    https://twitter.com/oxfamgb

Involvement in Nicaragua:

  • Helps small scale farmers in vulnerable rural areas to develop their skills and sell their produce in national and international markets. Organic cashew project is part of this. Two agro-industrial plants have been built to transform and market cashews. Also works to promote social change and gender and ethnic equality.
  • Works to improve costal community preparation and resilience to natural disasters. In Waspan municipality early warning systems for floods were installed.
  • Constructed 410 solar panels in Boswas reserve.

Themes: Helping small scale farmers, social equality, natural disaster mitigation, renewable energy.

Partner Organisations:

Small scale farming project partners:

Natural disaster mitigation partners:

12. Peace and Hope Trust

Contact Details: The Peace and Hope Trust
Little Llanafon Farm, Dorstone, Herefordshire HR3 6AT

Tel: +44 (0)7517 281394

Email: admin@peaceandhope.org.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/peaceandhopeuk

Involvement in Nicaragua:

  • Sends volunteer teams to remote communities to provide basic healthcare and build community infrastructure
  • Sources  surplus educational, medical and vocational equipment and supplies in the UK and ships this aid to Nicaragua
  • Supports local church and community leaders
  • Model coffee farm which trains and encourages local subsistence farmers to grow sustainable crops and find new markets.
  • Offers educational scholarships, pastoral help for vulnerable families
  • Promotes the cultivation of the high nutrient plant, Moringa, to improve health among needy families.

Themes: Overseas volunteer teams, infrastructure construction, supplies, education, agriculture, church support.

Partner Organisations: UNICEF - developing a joint proposal to help eradicate child poverty and malnutrition. http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/nicaragua_contact.html

Additional Information: Works on 3 sites on the Caribbean coast (Bluefields, La Barra and Tasbapauni) and also Matagalpa.

13. Progressio

Contact Details: Units 9-12 The Stableyard
Broomgrove Road
London SW9 9TL

Tel: +44 (0)20 7733 1195 

Email: enquiries@progressio.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProgressioUK

Twitter: https://twitter.com/progressio

https://twitter.com/progressio_nic

Ninoska Cerna (Nicaragua Country Representative)

Involvement in Nicaragua:

  • Sends development workers and young adult volunteers to work alongside partner organisations and local young people on community, education, livelihood or environmental projects through the Progressio ICS programme. Areas ICS projects have worked on include crop diversification, soil erosion, health and hygiene, eco-stoves and pilot economic initiatives.
  • Strengthens civil society organisations’ capacity to advocate for public policies that promote local economic development.

Themes: ICS, sustainable environment, participation and governance, health.

Partner Organisations:

Additional Information: Previous 2 year project increased awareness about the rights of LGTBI (lesbian, gay, transsexual, bisexual and intersex persons) in Nicaragua, through the capacity building of activists. Working with CISAS, this project was funded by the EU and located in Managua, León, Estelí and Matagalpa.

14. Raleigh International

Contact Details: Raleigh International, Third Floor, Dean Bradley House, 52 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AF                                                           

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7183 1270

Fax: +44 (0) 20 7504 8094 

Email: info@raleighinternational.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RaleighInternational

https://www.facebook.com/raleigh.costaricanicaragua

Twitter: https://twitter.com/raleigh_

https://twitter.com/raleighnica

Nicaraguan address : Raleigh Nicaragua De Masesa, 1 cuadra al oeste León Nicaragua

Tel: + 505 2315-4565       Email:nicaragua@raleighinternational.org

Involvement in Nicaragua:

  • Sends young adult volunteers to work alongside partner organisations and local young people on natural resource management and water and sanitation projects through the Raleigh ICS programme. Areas ICS projects have worked on include crop diversification, soil erosion, health and hygiene, eco-stoves and pilot economic initiatives.
  • Piloting ICS Entrepreneur scheme where young volunteers work alongside local volunteers to support entrepreneurs and small businesses by engaging in areas such as: market research, skills development, business planning, connection and partnership building, resource development, and ensuring business sustainability.

Themes: ICS, water and sanitation, natural resource management.

Partner Organisations:

Additional Information: Projects located in the Northern highlands area (Matagalpa, Esteli and Somoto departments)

15. SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund)

Contact Details: SCIAF, 19 Park Circus, Glasgow, G3 6BE

Tel: +44 (0)141 354 5555

Email: sciaf@sciaf.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SCIAF

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sciaf

Mark Camburn (SCIAF Programme Officer for Latin America)

Involvement in Nicaragua:

  • Families Especiales (Special Families) – works with people living with disabilities, providing employment in food production, recycling and setting up small businesses.
  • Juan XXIII (John 23) – works with community organisations giving them the skills and knowledge to campaign for their rights and for the community to work together.
  • Fedicamp – supports families in northern Nicaragua to increase crop yields and improve their diets in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way. The projects also provide small business start-up loans to women.
  • Cantera –focuses on increasing food production using environmentally friendly techniques. It also supports young people campaigning on environmental issues and on HIV and AIDS awareness.

Themes: Hunger prevention, build peace, HIV and AIDS.

Partner Organisations:

Additional Information: SCIAF is a member of Caritas Internationalis (a federation of 165 catholic relief and development organisations operating worldwide).

16. Small Steps Project

Contact Details: Small Steps Project, Archway Resource Centre, 1B Waterlow Road, London N19 5NJ

Tel:  +44 (0)20 7272 3363
Email:info@smallstepsproject.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SmallStepsProject

Twitter: https://twitter.com/smallstepsdocs

Amy Hanson (CEO)

Involvement in Nicaragua:

  • Initially delivers shoes, hygiene kits and emergency aid to protect children in the dump environment. Then provides support to help enable children into education and adults into employment.
  • 2 projects: La Chureca rubbish dump (Managua) & La Joya rubbish dump (Granada).

Themes: Supporting children and families on rubbish dumps, health, and education.

Partner Organisations: Los Quinchos (in Managua) a local organisation who help street children and teenagers by providing a residential centre and services http://www.losquinchos.it/progetti.php?language=eng

Additional Information: Holds annual celebrity shoe auction to raise money and awareness.

17. Teach a Man to Fish

Contact Details: Teach A Man to Fish Unit F5, 89-93 Fonthill Road, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JH

Tel: +44(0)207 263 2306 Email: info@teachamantofish.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teachamantofish

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TweetAManToFish

Involvement in Nicaragua:

  • Established La Bastilla Technical High School which provides an academic education, teaches a technical diploma in agro-business and runs seven school businesses. Located in a rural area with 20% secondary school attendance.
  • Runs eco-tourism venture La Bastilla Ecolodge, whose profits are reinvested in La Bastilla School.

Themes: Education and eco-tourism.

  • Partner Organisations: Fundación de Educación y Emprendedurismo Rural (FEER). NGO set up by La Bastilla Coffee estates that set up the school. Contact: Markus Fischer (Chairman of FEER & CEO of La Bastilla Coffee Estates) markus@bastillacoffee.com
  • Jacobs Foundation http://jacobsfoundation.org/de/

Additional Information: The school is based in the village of Las Colinas in the Jinotega Department.