ATRAVES was an international non-profit that built connections among communities, organizations and people in Nicaragua and internationally to support development, health and educational efforts in Nicaragua. Our mission was to support a community of small Nicaraguan organizations that were carrying out creative, locally autonomous approaches to development, education, health and justice. ATRAVES was founded in 2004 by Nicaraguan educators, community workers and one U.S. volunteer.
ATRAVES was comprised of ATRAVES U.S., Inc. (a U.S. (501(c)(3) charitable organization) and ATRAVES Nicaragua (a Nicaraguan 501(c)(3) equivalent charitable organization located in Managua, Nicaragua). ATRAVES U.S. Inc. ceased operations at the end of 2013, and formally dissolved in early 2014.
ATRAVES is an acronym for Asociación TransAmericana de Voluntarios En Solidaridad, meaning "TransAmerican Association of Volunteers in Solidarity." The word is pronounced "ah-trah-VASE," pronounced the same as the Spanish phrase "a través." The phrase means "across," or "by means of," and was the inspiration for our tagline: work across borders/trabajando a través de las fronteras.