"I want to work," plea 40 Nicaraguans w/disability

by Special Families Saint Julie Billiart (Familias Especiales Santa Julia Billiart) Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit


"I want to work," is repeated continually in Matagalpa Nicaragua with unemployment for people with disabilities at 90%. In this agricultural coffee-based economy Familias Especiales (FE) started 5 small businesses to offer employment to train & integrate people who have never left their homes before to learn the "culture of work". The social team supports a psychologist in a wheel chair, to work with 40 young people with disABILITIES in On-The-Job skill training & social integration.

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FE's Social Team is working with 40 unemployed young people with disAbility who want to work. They are untrained with no work experience needing: On the Job Training, Social Integration, social services, transportation & nutrition, depending on their disAbility. Many of their families are also unemployed & lack basic resources. The economy of Matagalpa Nicaragua is based on seasonal work with few available jobs, lacking conditions & awareness to hire untrained young people with disAbilities


5 small businesses in nutrition & environmental protection were started to support social services for people with a disAbility. They also offer: On the Job Training & Social Integration for young people with disAbilities. A psychologist plus a team of God Mothers (who work in the business) coordinate with the FE interdisciplinary social team to create individual plans for each worker including social services, transportation & nutrition to help them adapt to their work environment.

Long-Term Impact

40 young people with a disAbility will be employed & trained on the job in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. They will work at jobs which benefit the natural environment & offer nutrition services to the community. While working with dignity they will help their families who lack resources, & learn the "work culture". The skills can be transferred to future employment opportunities, thus creating more awareness of people with a disAbility & improving employment conditions for others with a disAbility.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Project Leader:
Rebecca Trujillo
Matagalpa, Matagalpa Nicaragua
$11,882 raised of $25,000 goal
56 donations
$13,118 to go
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