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The vision of Verbo Nicaraguan Development Fund is a lofty one.
“To equip impoverished Nicaraguans with the tools, opportunities and encouragement they need to care for themselves, create a better life for their family and contribute to the restoration of Nicaragua.”
For many organizations this would seem like a daunting taks—because it is. However, through a dedicated and passionate staff, long-term community presence, strong international support network, detailed strategic planning, and persistence to achieve excellence, it is my opinion that the Verbo Nicaraguan Development Fund is accomplishing their vision piece by piece. The organization understands that it’s a long process and their entire team remains incredibly proactive to ensure that this vision is reached over time.
I was fortunate enough to be shown around by Christian and his wife Jen. Christian explained a story to me that I still think about to this day. He was explaining to one of the orphans who was causing trouble at the school how much he cared about him. A philosophy of caring is a core concept of this organization. Christian explained to the young child in his thick southern accent, “That’s not all I want for you. I care about you man. I want better for you. That’s not all I want. I want better.” It was the way Christian said this that made me realize just how much he actually cared. It was not only Christian who wanted “better” for the struggling youth in Nicaragua. This mentality resonates throughout the entire staff that I have interacted with at Verbo Nicaragua Development Fund.
One of the founders of Verbo has been plugging away at providing the “tools, opportunities, and encouragement” for Nicaraguans for 30 years—risking his safety at several points through his endeavors. The vision, culture, and community so strong that it’s truly worth fighting for—making the ultimate sacrifices.
In the United States, Tim and Katie Adams work countless hours to ensure the continuation of these projects. Their efforts combined with the Nicaraguan country staff were responsible for increasing enrollment this past year by 42 students increasing the previous total of 152 to 194. Tim explained in one of his correspondences with me that this was “a remarkable increase given that there are 11 other schools in Veracruz, including 3 public schools which offer free tuition.” Tim went on to explain that the goal of Nolvia, the school principle, is to have “200 students enrolled in the school for the 2011 school year.”
It is evident that the work that is transpiring in this tiny Central American country is having a significant impact. It was truly a pleasure for me to see this organization in action and to fully grasp their work. I have enjoyed sharing their stories with my colleagues and GlobalGiving looks forward to working with Verbo in the years to come.