The mission of Neighbors to Nicaragua is to identify and seek to alleviate problems causing, associated with, or resulting from poverty in Managua, Nicaragua and the surrounding areas of Granada, Pantanal, and Ometepe. In addition to offering a variety of educational programming, we meet the critical needs of our youth and families by providing food, shelter, tuition, and healthcare costs.
The vision for Neighbors to Nicaragua was conceived in April 2011 when Founder and Director, Chuck Selvaggio, traveled to Granada, Nicaragua to study Spanish. After witnessing the region’s high rate of youth homelessness, Chuck became interested in learning more about efforts to educate its children and youth and alleviate issues associated with poverty. Upon returning home, he recruited friends, family members, and former colleagues to volunteer their time and money to support grassroots organizations working to improve the education and infrastructure of the communities he had visited. He guaranteed our first donors that 100% of their gifts would be allocated to academic and critical needs projects—a promise that remains to this day.
Since then, Neighbors to Nicaragua has established partnerships with various affiliates based in and around Managua, Granada, Ometepe, and Pantanal, Nicaragua. We received our 501(c)3 status in March 2013 and have continued to grow and diversify efforts aimed at providing for the educational and critical needs of the children, youth, and adults we serve.
The work of Neighbors to Nicaragua would not be possible without our generous donors and volunteers. In addition to their fundraising and volunteer work in the United States, partners travel to Nicaragua regularly to offer a variety of educational, recreational, and healthcare-related services.