Work Across Borders
ATRAVES is working to create education for all, a healthy life, new opportunities, a global community, solidarity and a sustainable future at the edge of the city. We are a Nicaraguan and US organization, focusing our work on Barrio Camilo Ortega/William Galeano, our home neighborhood on the outskirts of Managua, and San Juan de Oriente, a village in the Masaya department. We helped to found, and provide ongoing support for our partner school Escuela H.D., which provides pre-k-6 classes for 250 chlidren with no other access to education. Our education program also brings enrichment programming to these students, including English, computer skills and the arts, and we offer professional development workshops for educators from around Nicaragua. We have built a clinic and health education facility called the Casa de Salud, where we provide medical services, health education and an innovative community health worker (promotora) program. Our development program includes adult education in job skills and literacy, as well as a local agriculture initiative. In San Juan de Oriente, we support a small group of artisans, building their capacity to access fair trade markets, increase their cooperation and economic wellbeing, and promote their artistry and culture. The Volunteer Program supports all of these efforts, while creating amazing learning opportunities for international volunteers as they "work across borders." All our activities are based in the practice of building solidaridad among all stakeholders, and mobilizing it to create concrete, sustainable outcomes for our community partners.
Learn more about our programs, and consider joining us as a volunteer or supporter!