FUCPE School Project

At Villa Caoba, La Romana, education seems like a luxury to some children. Villa Caoba is one of the poorest communities in the province. Many of the children who live there lack documentation, thus have limited access to the public education system. In an attempt to help this population, Elvitaña Roberto and other women from

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Lambayeque

The Lambayeque region is located on the northern coast of the country, comprises three provinces – Chiclayo, Ferreñafe and Lambayeque – and is home to 1.2 million inhabitants. The region has a poverty rate of 20%, a large number of people with disabilities, and only 60% have health insurance. Since January 2020 FNE has been

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Cuzco Projects

The city of Cuzco, at 3,400 meters above sea level, is located in a fertile valley in the heart of the central Peruvian Andes. Formerly the capital of the extensive Inca empire, Cusco is mainly a farming and mining department, and in the last decade, tourism has become one of the main economic activities in

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Lima Projects

Through a long-standing partnership with a local partner, Arrebol, FNE provides the necessary resources for families to build cost-effective dry bathrooms.

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Building communities amid the crisis

Under the Weather As Latin America emerged as the epicenter of the pandemic five months ago, FNE International had to be flexible and momentarily shift away from regular programs to urgent humanitarian assistance. While we strive to pave sustainable paths to help communities get out of poverty, we knew it was imperative to provide solutions

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This New House – Mendez Vivas Family

For the past four years, the Mendez Vivas family have benefited from the housing program of our organization. Mercedes (mother, wife and teacher), expressed that April 2016 was a year of double blessing- the construction of their home began in their neighborhood of Puerta de Piedra when their daughter was just only a few weeks old.

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Living with Hope by Al Cipoletti

Does the world seem upside down? The United States and the rest of our planet are facing challenges that most alive today have never experienced. Businesses closed, people being furloughed, sickness and death; all with great uncertainty about what tomorrow will bring. Hospitals are at or beyond their breaking points with medical supplies becoming as

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Trip Reflections – Jon Hwang

Dear Michael and FNE International, Words cannot really capture all the thoughts and feelings that I had experienced while in Nicaragua.  Hopefully we were able to make a small impact on the communities we visited and the patients we treated.  However, I believe this trip and each of the people I encountered had a much

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FUCPE

Dreams and Struggles Children who want to advance themselves are confronted with the tremendous burden of liberating themselves from the cycle of poverty Download the full plan There is a tremendous desire for learning among the children who attend the FUCPE, a community school in Villa Caoba, La Romana, Dominican Republic. Our collaborations in the

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Dominican Republic School Expansion Project

In partnership with KaTo Architecture, we are raising $2.6 million to fund the construction of a new school in La Romana, DR.

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dear Future Supporter, Thank you for taking the time to learn about this important cause. We are a group of medical professionals from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts including PA-Cs, nurses, emergency technicians, physical therapists and more who have come together to serve a common cause. We are traveling with the nonprofit FNE

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NicaLove

Who is NicaLove? We support existing animal welfare organizations and NGO’s in Nicaragua by providing financial assistance, as well as, hands-on support for spay, neuter and wellness clinics. We support organizations with costs associated with rescuing and rehabilitating working animals and domesticated street animals. Through continued prevention and education of the population of Nicaragua, we

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Stony Brook PA Trip

Who are we? We are a group of 17 first year Physician Assistant Students from Stony Brook University located on Long Island, NY. We will be working alongside U.S. physicians and PAs, as well as a physician from Nicaragua on our medical mission. Our Project: For our medical mission, we will be traveling to a

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Leon Firefighters

Friends, Our Fire department has been in service of the community of León, Nicaragua for 67 years. We are a volunteer organization that survives thanks to donations. This time we have decided to launch this fundraising campaign and request your help to repair our ambulance. Nicaragua is going through a really tough moment in its

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Building a School in DR

Who Are We Helping? In 2012, FNE International facilitated the first art therapy trip to FUCPE, a community school located in Villa Hermosa, one of the poorest sections in La Romana, Dominican Republic, plagued with highest crime rates in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the province. Villa Hermosa has with a population of

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Cusco Trip

Dear Future Supporter, Thank you for taking the time to look into our group and to learn more about us! The majority of us are a group of PA (Physician Assistant) students that attend MCPHS University in Boston, MA. We have been participating in FNE –

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Nuevas Esperanzas x FNE International

Organizations work best when they support one another. Learn about how two such organizations, FNE International & Nuevas Esperanzas, are working together to bring water to Nicaraguan families on the Telica Volcano.

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Kaylo Littlejohn – Running 240 Miles for Nicaragua

This October Kaylo Littlejohn will run 238.3 consecutive miles through the deserts, canyons, and mountain ranges of Moab, Utah in the longest trail race in the United States. This event will take 3-4 days of continuous running and will consist of a total elevation gain greater than that of Mount Everest. Kaylo’s run is dedicated

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SPTLN

Medical care in limited-resource environments is challenging in all of the expected ways – insufficient equipment, minimal staffing, low inventory of medications – but also in its limited access to specialty services. Too often physicians in health posts or well-meaning practitioners on medical campaigns refer a family to seek follow-up care for their child with

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Sharon Trip

Update: Please Help Support 11 Cooks! Our July 24-August 1 trip to Nicaragua was postponed due to the uncertainties resulting from the ongoing political unrest there. We are happy to report that our combined group raised enough money to cover the costs of building a house for

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York PA Trip

The CUNY York Physician Assistant Class of 2019 with the guidance of PA professionals and FNE are undertaking an outreach mission to Nicaragua in August 2018. The York PA Program is a 28 month Masters level program located in Jamaica, NY that seeks to recruit

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July Peru Trip

We are a group of PA students & providers traveling to Peru through FNE-International on June 30th.  Together we will be working in clinics within the village of Chumbivilicas and its surrounding communities to provide healthcare to many people who are otherwise without access.

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Indiana 2018

Hi everyone!! First, thank you so much for taking the time to read about our upcoming journey! A few of my fellow medical students and I will be traveling to Nicaragua in 3 short weeks to serve a village in the area. Our trip will

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FNE UM

Thank you for coming to the fneUM donation page. fneUM the chapter of FNEI at the University of Michigan. Over the years, FNE international and the fneUM chapter have addressed issues concerning health, education, community development and empowerment. Community input shapes the annual projects fneUM takes part

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Franklin Pierce

Hello, all! We are current students at Franklin Pierce University majoring in Health Science and Public Health. We were selected for the first annual Health Services Expedition scheduled for March 17-24, 2018. This week-long learning service experience has been provided by FNE International, an international organization that provides support to developing countries in

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Sharon High School

We are juniors at Sharon High School and have a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to Chacraseca, Nicaragua with FNE International to not only experience the daily life of another culture, but we also look forward to completing a service project. Our goal is to raise funds to contribute to the community dwellings

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Support Teacher Program

In 2010, an auxiliary/support teacher program was started in Chacraseca, Nicaragua. This program began with 8 elementary teachers in some of the schools in the community for several reasons: the lack of qualified teachers, lack of job positions with the Ministry of Education, and the increase of students attending schools. At the beginning of the

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Truck Fundraiser

Hola mis amigos, My name is Yuri Benjamin and am currently an Intern at FNE coming to ask for your support! With the main focus of my internship being to assist the Medical Clinic, I have seen an important need that must be addressed. At the clinic, we see as many patients as we can,

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Robin

If I were to use one word to describe my 9 weeks in Nicaragua with FNE International, I would choose GRIT. Grit was the energy and dedication that I saw in my colleagues, whether it was conducting medical research in Chacraseca to improve Diabetes treatment outcomes, constructing efficient brick stoves for families experiencing poverty, or

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Luis Ernesto Prieto

Luis Ernesto Prieto English Associate in Arts candidate 2018 Miami Dade College My trip to Nicaragua started as a distant idea. It was completely abstract at first, only existing inside the boundaries of my mind. Then, it became heavier, concrete and, ultimately, possible. I remember the expressions when I first mentioned it: “WHAT!?” “WHAT FOR?”

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Guisell Gomez

Guisell Gomez English Bachelor of Arts candidate 2018 Florida International University There I was, busy as ever but I kept hearing my (then) professor and Urbana Literary and Arts Magazine advisor (upgraded to mentor later on), Emily Sendin, about her trips to Nicaragua. In fact, I’ve been hearing about them for years when we met

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Mariantonieta Anto Chavez

Mariantonieta “Anto” Chavez International Relations/Photography Associate in Arts Candidate 2018 Miami Dade College Tengo un Sueño revolved in my mind for an entire academic year. I constantly heard how it changed volunteers’ lives and saw pictures of the children that were part of the program. No wonder this project’s stories surrounded my days – I

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Emily Sendin: Tengo un Sueño

Eight years passed by in the blink of an eye. Three to five year old kindergartners dancing and singing around me are still freshly tucked away in my chest of treasured memories. As their curious and rambunctious little minds opened to a world of new words and numbers and shapes and images, they were becoming

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Jack Stalzer

I am a seventeen-year-old high school student who, in my Junior year, was really looking forward to a productive, eventful, and exciting summer, as I realized that my high school career was coming to an end. My Spanish teacher informed our class about a service trip opportunity to go to Nicaragua. This really caught my

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Alex Giuliano Experience

Last summer, I had the good fortune to hear the testimonials of two of my upperclassmen about their experience in León, Nicaragua with FNE International. The summer off between the first and second years of medical school provided me with the ideal opportunity and ample time to immerse myself in another culture, all while advancing

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Brooke Schuman Experience

There is no real way, in English or in Spanish, for me to describe my fantastic summer in León, Nicaragua. I am a second year medical student at the University of Connecticut, and I spent 8 weeks doing my own community research project in Nicaragua with the support of FNE International. I was working with

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Arianna Rossetti – 6 Weeks in Peru

My six weeks in Peru are based in the Río Urubamba Valley, also known as El Valle Sagrado (the Sacred Valley). A region surrounded by the Andean mountains, inhabited by descendants of the indigenous Incan people of Peru. The Peruvian health care system is considered a model for most South American countries- it is a

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fneUM

fneUM is a chapter of FNE International at the University of Michigan dedicated to sending a delegation of students each year to spend the month of May promoting education and community development projects in Chacraseca, Nicaragua. The director of FNE International has been working within this community for 25 years and this

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Indiana University School of Medicine

Hello! We are a group of first year medical students at Indiana University School of Medicine. For our spring break, we have decided to travel to Leon, Nicaragua, with FNE to work in the community health system. We are thrilled for this amazing opportunity and would like your help in making it even

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March MCPH Trip

Who are we? We are a group of PA students, PA-Cs, and MDs from the Boston area. Together we will be working for 5 days in clinics with Nicaraguan physicians who guide our medical efforts within the Chacraseca region of Nicaragua. Another project will be involve building a house for a family in

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Happy Holidays

Whether it is organizing a trip and getting your hands dirty, sharing our work with others, or fundraising for a project, you make it possible for FNE International to fulfill its mission to advance health, housing, and education in developing communities. For Ana Elizabeth Urbina and her family, the opportunity to partner with FNEI and

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Stony Brook Medical Mission

Who are we? We are a group of 10 first year Physician Assistant Students from Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY. We will be working with New York providers as well as one Nicaraguan physician to oversee our medical efforts. We are looking forward to providing medical service in Nicaragua. Our Project For our

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Cusco, Peru Medical Trip

Who are we? We are a group of PA students, PA-Cs, and MDs from the Boston area. Together we will be working for 5 days in various clinics with Dr. Morales, a Peruvian physician who guides our medical efforts within the Sacred Valley area of Cusco, Peru. We are the third consecutive group of students

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Arts Unchained 2nd Annual Fundraiser

Join us in a festive fundraiser featuring an amazing musical duo, delicious free food and for prizes as we support the construction of a Sensory Garden at Niño Feliz, a special needs school in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. FNE International and Arts Unchained continue to support the inspirational work of the teachers and children at Niño Feliz.

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FNE International Annual Meeting

October 16th at 1pm at 5 Phillips Place, Cambridge

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Salud Para Todos Los Niños

Bringing accessible healthcare to 75 children in rural communities with chronic or complex medical needs.

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Fundraising for the Health and Arts Fair

In response to requests by community members, FNE International is partnering the Nicaraguan Red Cross, the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health (MINSA), the UCLA Blum Center, and local community leaders to deliver the first Health and Arts Fair in Chacraseca, Nicaragua. “SaludArte: Feria de Salud y Arte en Chacraseca” will offer presentations on topics including healthy

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Arianna Rossetti’s Trip Experience

Put simply, this experience to me is humanity in its rawest, most unfiltered form. We commit ourselves to years of vigorous schooling in the healthcare profession for many reasons, the common one among all of us being our desire to serve others. Many of us find ourselves “burnt out” after a few years of practice;

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Dr. John Shanley

Swapnil S. Parmar A room full of Honor certificates, medical degrees and strikingly visible aboriginal artifacts from different civilizations, that is what makes the office of the man of who works in the Public health and specifically in the field of global health, a man of exquisite talent to inspire anyone who knows him.  Dr.

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Fundacion Juanita

Fundacion Juanita provides scholarships for girls to attend public high school (grades 8-12) in the farming town of Malpaisillo, Nicaragua.

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Housing

Housing Is a Foundation for Success

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Scholarships

Working collaboratively to provide financial assistance for students who demonstrate determination to succeed

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Sembrando Bienestar – Sowing Well-Being

Working collaboratively with families in rural Chacraseca to increase food diversity and nutrition.

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Arts Unchained

Learn how we are using the healing power of art to aid disabled children and their families in collaboration with Dr. Kelvin Ramirez of Lesley University.

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Niño Feliz School for Special Needs

Niño Feliz is a school for children with special needs located in the city of Chichigalpa, Nicaragua.

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Tengo un Sueño | I Have a Dream

Bringing education, from primary school through university, to students in need.

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Semillas de Esperanza

Working collaboratively with struggling rural and isolated communities to address their specific water needs.

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FNEI Against Domestic Violence

We are conducting academic research on domestic violence in the León and developing a resource inventory of organizations that work with women in the community.

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Educational Experiences in Nicaragua

Written by Theresa Lynn I have been to Nicaragua on service trips in the past so when the opportunity to travel there on a medical mission trip through FNE International presented itself, I was ecstatic. What better way than to spend the summer after my first year of medical school putting some of my news

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The Annual Meeting will be September 20th, 2014

The annual meeting of FNE International will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2:00-3:00 pm, at Panera Bread, 289 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA. This meeting is open to all members. We hope to see you there!

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BLUM Summer Scholars and the SaludArte

By BLUM Summer Scholars Jennifer Zelaya and Ana Mascareñas The first health and arts fair, SaludArte, in Chacraseca was a success! It was an event that could not have happened without the support of our fellow Blum Summer Scholar, Erik Peña, FNE International staff, and community members who were committed to the vision of the

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New and Old Experiences in Nicaragua

New and Old Experiences in Nicaragua by John Karp Having visited Nicaragua through Students For 60,000 back in 1994 and 1996, an eighteen year hiatus had me yearning to return, to revisit the place and people who had indelibly marked my life in so many positive ways. Presented with an invitation to take part in

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Richard Streb Memorial Library

This sustainable, solar-powered public library in the community of Chacraseca, Nicaragua will serve a critical role in the development of educational services in the community.

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Friends New England’s “SaludArte: Feria de Salud y Arte en Chacraseca”

Blum Center Blog Post by Jennifer Zelaya Friends New England’s “SaludArte: Feria de Salud y Arte en Chacraseca” (Health and Arts Fair with Chacraseca) Greetings once more from Nicaragua! I am extremely excited to announce that I am a part of a group of individuals that will help put on a Health and Arts fair

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Watching Students Grow

By Esther Kim I’ve been thinking about how to share my experience about Nicaragua and I don’t know how to describe it. Yes, it was definitely life changing, amazing, and humbling, but these words do not have enough oomph. So I will share an experience/feeling that struck me. Being in a country where English is

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A Journey to Nicaragua by Deb Neumeier

A JOURNEY TO NICARAGUA by Deb Neumeier April 2014 N is for nature…human nature that is. In the novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the reader thinks about whether human nature is basically good or evil.  Well, after experiencing a service trip to Nicaragua, there is no denying that human nature is essentially

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This is only the beginning! by Jennifer Zelaya

This is only the beginning! By Jennifer Zelaya   I have arrived in Nicaragua! The last week has been a whirlwind; I wrapped up the second year of my dual Masters of Public Health & Social Welfare (MPH/MSW) program and after taking my last final, I flew out at 7am the next morning. Prior to

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Domestic Violence in Nicaragua

Friends Against Domestic Violence Friends New England has a committee of very dedicated individuals from various backgrounds working on this project both in the United States and in León, Nicaragua. They are currently conducting academic research on domestic violence in the León and developing a resource inventory of organizations that work with women in the

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Library Inauguration Thank You From Michael Cipoletti (English/Espanol)

Ever since I was a little boy, I have been a reader. Books have taken me all over the world and beyond and have shaped me into the person I am today. Reading about different places and cultures served as a catalyst for me to explore the world for myself and that spirit of exploration

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A Home Can Be Found Anywhere by Mike Ellis

After completing my final exams as a sophomore at Stonehill College, I eagerly awaited what the next several months held: a service-immersion trip to Chacraseca, Nicaragua with Friends New England, an internship in my home community, and an opportunity to study abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa in the fall of 2014. Going into Nicaragua I

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Engineers Without Borders Spring Newsletter 2014

FriendsNE is proud to partner with Engineers Without Borders, the Illinois Institute of Technology chapter. Catch up on all their work this Spring in their latest newsletter. Engineers Without Borders ITT Spring Newsletter 2014

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Katy Getsie, Micro-finance, and FriendsNE

This past week FriendsNE had the pleasure of having Katy Getsie join us on our house build out in Chacraseca, Nicaragua. Katy is a fellow with the Chris Webber Memorial Fellowship Project and is spending time in Nicaragua studying micro-financing and housing projects. Katy has written a great blog post about her time with FriendsNE

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Walk2Nicaragua Fundraiser at the University of Miami

The IF Club of Miami Dade College is sponsoring the annual Walk2Nicaragua walk on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at University of Miami. Join us as we walk 1080-miles, the distance between Miami and the village of Chacraseca, Nicaragua. Money collected from this fundraising effort will go towards the educational needs of the children in this

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Marcela and Massachusetts 2014

By Marcela Olivas Munguia In English and Spanish On Wednesday, January 7th of this year, I had the great opportunity to travel to Boston, Massachusetts which was possible thanks to the support of FriendsNE and all those involved in it, to whom I am deeply grateful. This experience of sharing two weeks with great and

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Spring 2014 Newsletter

The first few months of 2014 have been full of exciting things for FNE and the communities we are working with. Take a moment to read our Spring newsletter to learn about everything we’ve been up to. Thank you to all of our board members, volunteers, and the FNE community for all your support and

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Commitments that Transcend Borders/Compromisos que Trascienden Fronteras

Compromisos que Trascienden Fronteras, En Español Commitments that Transcend Borders The social commitment of dozens of young people from different sectors of the region of Chacraseca goes beyond complying with community service requirements of their scholarship program. This commitment to social good is manifested in students’ participation in service projects, their love of neighbor, concern

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The Library Needs Computers

The Richard Streb Memorial Library in Chacraseca, Nicaragua will be opening in the Spring of 2014. Due to the generosity and commitment of the FriendsNE community the library is doing well in regards to our book collection with over 2,000 books cataloged at this point and more to come this month. What the library is

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Solidarity and Empowerment Not Dependence and Reliance

“Solidarity and Empowerment Not Dependence and Reliance” By Allie Smith I remember making the decision to join the FriendsNE 2014 winter break trip while walking home from work in a slushy New England downpour. Harrison, my good friend and trip leader extraordinaire, had advised me to just go for it — he promised it would

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FriendsNE and Global Student Embassy Growing Together

In 2009, Global Student Embassy Board Member Ben Gordon traveled to Chacraseca, Nicaragua after being connected by a friend to Mike Cipoletti. He shadowed the work of Conchita Montes, which was dedicated in large part to the projects of Students for 60,000 and FriendsNE, and grew increasingly connected to the community. As GSE was looking

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Hungering for the next necessity: knowledge

“Hungering for the next necessity: knowledge” by Pat Bray, contributing write for the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca newsletter Many in Chacraseca still remember when they had no light to read by. That was little more than two decades ago. With basic survival needs such as running water and electricity finally a reality for many,

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FriendsNE and Engineers Without Borders

Introduction by Donovan Hotz During my work with FriendsNE this past year, I had the privilege of serving as a translator and guide for the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) during their site assessment trip in the community of San Claudio this past March. The main goal of the

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Calling All FriendsNE Past Participants!!

Help us reflect on an extremely successful 2013!!! Submit your favorite photo from your time with FNE accompanied with SIX words- NO more NO less! We all took away something different from our time spent in the beautiful countries of Nicaragua and Peru. Share your special memory with everyone and help us celebrate all that

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FriendsNE Fall Newsletter

It’s been a full and exciting year for FriendsNE and we’re happy to be sharing our fall newsletter with you; it’s full of updates about our projects, information about our partners and supporters, and introductions to our newest board members. Please take a moment to read about everything you’ve been supporting this past year and

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The Power of Music

Written by Lisa Cerullo I have read that music is the kinetic energy that connects earth with the heavens. Any form of music, whether it be a spiritual hymn, an operatic sonata, a baby’s lullaby, or the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibration”, can resonate our thoughts and feelings of love and reach out to our angels

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Friends Health Members Receive Grant from Laerdal Foundation

Building on the resuscitation course that was piloted in Leon, Nicaragua in 2013, Friends Health board members devised a research study to measure the impact of the course on the ability of resident physicians perform a resuscitation. The use of simulation equipment in medical education to prepare physicians to treat critically ill patients, while commonplace

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Loving my Library Life Part 1

By Clare Davitt, FriendsNE Library Committee Chair I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself and tell you a bit about how I became involved with FNE and the Richard Streb Memorial Library. I’ll have a Part 2 of this blog in the next few weeks full of updates about everything we’ve been doing

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FriendsNE October Fundraiser

On Friday, October 11th, FriendsNE (FNE) held a fundraiser concert at the Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA. Four bands came out; local Boston acts Anjimile and Royale as well as Cola and Coyote Campus from New York. The groups that performed consisted of FNE supporters as well as partners, some of which had been on

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FriendsNE and ONE Collaboration

Written by Michael Cipoletti, Director of FNE As many of you know I have been working in Nicaragua for a long time, 17 years to be exact. I have seen successes and failures, the achievements and the shortfalls of non-profit community development work. My personal journey has shaped me in ways I never could have

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The Impact of my First Service Trip to Nicaragua by Dan Buchholz

My name is Dan and I am a 17-year-old high school senior from Long Island. My family, consisting of my mom, my sister, and I, went on the Nicaragua trip in August. We learned about the trip through of friend of my mom and decided it was something we wanted to experience for ourselves. I

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Dreams Revisited

Dreams Revisited by FNE volunteer Cheryl Burke They tell you to follow your dreams. This isn’t always easy and sometimes takes a meandering course until it happens. As a child, my favorite aunt was a missionary doctor in Africa. She would come home every four years for her sabbatical and we would share our birthdays

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International volunteering: It won’t end poverty, but it’s a damn good place to start.

It was around 4:30 A.M. when I arrived at our college’s campus ministry building. There were 25 other well-to-do students congregating there with me. It was March 11th, 2007 and we were headed to Peru. That was the first day of our nine day excursion to the impoverished community of Canto Grande where we would

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A Promise to Peru Update

A Promise to Peru by Debra Messina, M.D. Three years ago, Friends NE board members Travis Kumph and Michael Cipoletti were invited to join members of Stony Brook Medical School on a medical mission to the Cuzco region of Peru. After the first mission several of the participating physicians, John Shanley, MD, Natalie DiGioia, MD

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Share your story!

Have you participated in an FNE service trip to Nicaragua? Did you find yourself brimming over with stories and experiences that you wanted to share with everyone you knew? Well, we’d like to offer you that chance. We’re looking for blog posts from participants from past trips. We want to hear about your experiences and

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Collaborating for a Sustainable Future

Collaborating for a Sustainable Future By: Jessica Mason When I came down as a Stonehill College senior for my final HOPE trip in March of this year, fifteen friends and I arrived in Chacraseca ready for a week of culture, work, and new experiences. My freshman year HOPE trip to Honduras had changed the course

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How Nicaragua Changed My Life

How Nicaragua Changed My Life by Michael Cipoletti and Harrison Ackerman It was October of 2007, and it was my first time back in Nicaragua in over 5 years. Since my last trip in 2002, I had completed an MBA program and pursued a number of different endeavors; all attempts to fill a void I

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FNE’s Annual Public Meeting

All are welcome! Friends New England is holding our annual public meeting on June 9th. Join us to discuss our ongoing projects in Nicaragua and Peru, learn about what’s in store for the coming year, share your ideas, and meet FNE’s Board members. Where: Panera, 289 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA When: 11am We hope to

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Building Emergency Capacity through Education

Final Nica Report 2013 reduced size

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FriendsNE Trip Advisor Grant Awarded: Thank You!!

On February 5th, 2013, FriendsNE had the opportunity to present its first grant proposal to the Trip Advisor Charitable Foundation. Along with a number of other regional organizations such as 3L Place, the Massachusetts Canine Response Team, and Bikes Not Bombs, FriendsNE addressed the board to request additional funding specifically for its ongoing projects in

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$10,000 Donation in Loving Memory of Derek Boc

FriendsNE is pleased to announce the receipt of a ten thousand dollar donation in loving memory of Derek Boc, a man who’s life was cut short by a enlarged heart at 29 years of age. Derek grew up in Duxbury, MA where he excelled in academics and music. After spending 3 semesters at the Eastman

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Kicking off 2013 in Nicaragua!

From December 30th until January 10th, a dozen university students from the U.S. are in Nicaragua contributing to essential development work in the communities of Chacraseca and Malpaisillo. Both college-aged alumni from Northport High School’s Students For 60,000 club and students from Stonehill College are joining together with these communities to create greater sustainability in

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