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Nicaragua Initiative For Community Advancement Inc

  • Dallas, TX
  • www.nicafund.org

Mission Statement

The mission of NICA is to cause lasting positive change for rural communities in Nicaragua that have not had sufficient access to basic services and job opportunity.  NICA implements this positive change in five basic areas: Development of Commerce, Education, Healthcare, Infrastructure Development, and Community Pride.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Education Campaign
  3. Environmental Campaign
  4. Public Health
  5. Volunteer Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Pacific Coast of Nicaragua, the community of El Transito

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2006

Self-reported

Mrs Terri Marlett

Keywords

Self-reported

internships, scholarships, surf, surfing, vacations, Central America, CostSocial entrepreneurship, sustainability, accountability, service vacations, study abroad, environmental, Nicaragua, El Transito, education, healthcare, infrastructure, commerce, community pride, trash clean-up, coastal restoration, fishing village, children, illiteracy, malnutrition, poverty, non religious, empowerment

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EIN

20-4637401

 Number

0900424602

Also Known As

NICA

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Leadership Development (W70)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Transformation starts with you and ends with the determination and hard work of the residents in rural Nicaragua.  NICA does not give aid; NICA gives opportunity to people to take control of their situation and find a way out of poverty.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

To eliviate the immediate need for jobs, NICA initiated an "Individual Aid Program" where registered residents can sumbit proposals for work they want to do around the community. NICA provides the materials necessary and pays the resident the benefit requested upon completion of the project. The project is monitored by a supervisor and full reports are submitted on the outcome. In 2007, NICA had up to 12 groups of 8 residents working on projects in the town. Currently, NICA has over 75 people working on projects in El Transito, Nicaragua. Beginning in 2008, NICA will reduce the maximum number of groups from 12 to 8 and the maximum number of people in each group to four. This reduction will take place because the major work to get the town cleaned up was done in 2007, and there is not sufficient work for more than 4 people in a grouthis will free up more money for scholarships, emergency aid, and new programs.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Education Campaign

NICA supports a school lunch program.  We provide a balanced lunch for every child attending school in El Transito.  We accept donated school uniforms in the US and distribute them in Nicaragua.  Uniforms must be navy and white.  We accept donated used school supplies and distribute them in Nicaragua.  We provide teachers, cooks, bathroom monitors, and English teachers.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 3

Environmental Campaign

NICA keeps the streets, coast, school, health center, and public well clean throught the IAP program.  The program employs 50+ women and children, and pays them in goods every quarter.  NICA works with the mayor to keep the coast and estuaries clean.  NICA organizes trash pick up, storage, recycling, and compost piles. Through the IAP program, women earn food, construction supplies, and school supplies.  Several homes have been built or improved through this program.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

Single Parents

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 4

Public Health

NICA built a public well for El Transito in 2008.  We provide clean drinking water through this well.  We work side by side with the health center in El Transito.  We provide donated medical supplies and materials.  We hold educational seminars in conjunction with the government about family planning and nutrition.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$2,500.00

Program 5

Volunteer Program

The Volunteer Program provides housing and a project budget for volunteers to do hands on work in El Transito.  The focus of this program is to deploy necessary human capital to create lasting change in rural Nicaragua.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$15,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    NICA's goals are to cause lasting change for rural coastal towns on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. Our specific goals include improving the quality of education offered to children, educating the community on responsible litter disposal and environmental responsibility, creating jobs for adults, and teaching English to all those who want to participate.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategies to meet our goals revolve around our Volunteer Program. We recruit human capital to help us improved educational opportunities and implement community development programs in rural towns.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Currently, we are constructing a community center and farm facility. These two projects will greatly improve our capabilities to implement our strategies. We plan to begin construction November 2013 on both projects. By 2014, we will be fully capable to implement our strategies to reach our goals for El Transito and surrounding communities.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We have been working on a litter education program in El Transito for over 7 years now. We are seeing an improvement in trash accumulation on the days when the streets are not being cleaned by community participants in the CDP program. El Transito is basically clean 365 days a year, a start indicator that our CDP program is having positive impact and creating lasting change.

    We have been feeding school aged children lunch for over 2 years now, and we have seen attendance rates increase by 20%. This is a clear indication that our food program is positively impacting enrollment at local schools.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We are making progress by implementing more and more programs and tracking their impact. We anticipate to see success with our English program that we recently implemented and will be improving over the next year. We also anticipate the construction of a community center and farm facility will improve other programs we are implementing currently, like: after school art program, trash to goods program, and a sustainable vegetable farm to supply our food program at local schools. We are making great progress and have a great track record to date.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Pacific Coast of Nicaragua, the community of El Transito

Funding Needs

Annual Needs: School Lunch Program $8,500 Individual Aid Program $20,000 Volunteer Program 15,000 The Farm 75,000

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Financials

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Nicaragua Initiative for Community Advancement Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Nicaragua Initiative For Community Advancement Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs Terri Marlett

BIO

Mrs. Marlett directs the activities of NICA. She recognized the enormous need that was not being served by traditional charities in Nicaragua while spending time there. She spends most of her time in Nicaragua organizing the efforts of NICA and her impact has been solidly felt in El Tránsito (the first community NICA is assisting). She spends approximately 50% of her time in Nicaragua and expects to spend considerable more time there as NICA expands its efforts.
Mrs. Marlett graduated with honors from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelors Degree in English then went on to earn her J.D. from the Southwestern University School of Law.
Mrs. Marlett and her husband Christopher share there time between their homes in Los Angeles and Nicaragua.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Terri Marlett

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