Non Profits and NGOs (Non Government Organizations)

Carita Feliz

Carita Feliz is an organization that helps feed as many children as possible in a cost effective and sustainable way.
From Hotel Gran Francia, walk down Calle Caimito which becomes Calle San Juan del Sur. Fifth street on the right, opposite Panaderia San Juan del Sur.
Phone:+505 552 7979 The mission of Carita Feliz is to deliver whatever services to the local community that there is sufficient demand for and where it can be done in a cost-effective and sustainable manner. We are always trying to find new and innovative ways to give more back to the people who invest time and energy in coming to the center. Our suggestions box is always full and opened weekly – we’re never short of ideas, just people to turn them into a reality.

Specifically, the center meets 4 primary needs of the local community:

The need for adequate food to have the physical ability to learn and work;
The need for relevant education and skills to be able to progress in life;
The need for satisfying, fair and independent work to earn for their families;
The need to gain self-confidence, independence, responsibility and ambition.

Carita Feliz is also associated with small boutique hotel that has top rate accommodations and service that is absolutely the best in the city. If superior quality and 24 hour service is what you require visit the Hotel La Bocona website.

La Esperanza

Location: Calle Calzada 2 two buildings towards the park from the Hostal Central Phone: +505 837-3497
La Esperanza Granada is a free of charge volunteer organization which assists local communities to improve the quality of life through education. We are supported entirely by individual donations, none of which are used for administrative costs. Our motto is to give a hand up, not a hand out. The core of our work is assisting teachers by tutoring 1st and 2nd grade in basic reading, writing and mathematics in 4 rural government schools on the outskirts of Granada. We have a secondary school sponsorship program which provides young people the opportunity to continue their education past 6th grade. Other projects include teaching English to primary grades, promoting health in both the schools with our school/community nurse and the community through workshops and special activities, and improving the conditions of the schools with construction assistance. We have helped, and continue to help groups of women start their own small enterprises making handicrafts which we sell in our shop front office.

We are looking for volunteers to help with any of the above mentioned activities, as well as administration and special projects (research, translation, handy work, etc.) Specific placement depends on individual interest as well as our needs. We require an 8 week minimum commitment as well as intermediate level Spanish, charge no fees to participate, and have low cost housing options available to longer term volunteers. We accept volunteers throughout the year, with orientation taking place on Mondays.


Building New Hope

Phone: 412-421-1625
Building New Hope is a volunteer driven 501(c)(3) organization based in Pittsburgh, PA, and Granada, Nicaragua, that has been supporting grassroots development projects in Central America since 1992. We actively assist communities – primarily in El Salvador and Nicaragua – by selling fairly traded organic coffee; operating career training centers; alternative schools and literacy programs for under served and at-risk youth; and funding income-generating projects for women and community organizing initiatives. In the past we’ve organized people-to-people work delegations, developed alternative energy projects, and supported emergency relief and reconstruction efforts to assist victims of catastrophic events.

Partnership lies at the heart of Building New Hope’s mission. Responding to the expressed need of the Central American people, we build people-to-people bridges of hope and understanding. We also work to raise awareness of the challenges facing Central Americans in their efforts to lead healthy and dignified lives.


Project Schoolhouse

Project Schoolhouse builds schools in remote rural communities. Project Schoolhouse is engaged in procuring funds to build schools in three rural communities near Rio Blanco. These communities have agreed to provide all the labor needed to construct the schools and Project Schoolhouse will provide all building materials and skilled construction supervision.