About Us

How We Work

Being born into poverty doesn’t have to feel like a life sentence. To combat the hopelessness of the intergenerational transmission of poverty (ITP) people need to be heard, engaged, and collaborators in developing practical, relevant and targeted solutions.

NicaWorks! comes alongside established community leaders to:
– identify community strengths to build upon what is already working through a process of appreciative inquiry,
– address root causes and consequences of local poverty in ways that are meaningful, achievable, and affirm people’s God-given dignity, and
– equip youth, men and women of all ages with the resources, encouragement and equipment they need to build upon strengths and create positive change in areas they have identified as need or opportunity.

Our work addresses core dimensions of poverty and looks different in each community in response to unique local assets and needs. Through long-term commitments to early intervention in the lives of children, at-risk teens and families we are helping create more resilient communities in partnership with local leaders and well-respected organizations that have served their communities for decades.

Our Partners

Partnership is one of our core values. We could not do the work we do in Nicaragua without the consistent financial support and encouragement of our partners including:

Founding Church Partners

                                                                          

 Cedar Run Community Church (Oakton, VA)                     Crossroads Community Church (Westminter, MD)
             www.cedarrun.net                                                                             www.crossroads140.com

Business Partners

                                                                

 Silver Ridge Productions                   Wantz Chevrolet                              Belt Enterprises/Natural Lawn   
www.silver-ridge.com                   www.wantzchevrolet.com          naturalawn.com/baltimore-west-md                                            

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the U.S. and a registered NGO (non-governmental organization) in Nicaragua we partner with individuals, businesses, churches, and organizations to invest financial and human resources in our work. Contact us to learn how you can be involved!

Our Team

Our work is led by our Nicaraguan staff and directed and supported by our all-volunteer leadership team in the States including our co-founders and Board of Directors.

        

Josh Jaentschke         Karina Diaz         Jarol Velasquez                  Junior Laguna                  Job Acevedo
Field Director              Accountant      Community Director         Head Agronomist            El Crucero Agronomist
    
Rolando Monroy             Ramon Mendoza (l)
Agronomy Helper       Carpenter