Over the next year I will be working with Cuso International to help build capacity for INPRHU-Institute for Human Promotion in Nicaragua. As a volunteer with Cuso I will be living at the heart of the community I am serving, on a similar allowance and in comparable accommodation to my local co-workers.
Madriz, a department in northern Nicaragua where I will be working, is one of the most impoverished regions of the country. The majority of people depend on agriculture activities and practice subsistence farming. INPRHU promotes agricultural production diversification and transformation and increased market access. I will be helping to strengthen capacity of the technical team as well as promoting marketing strategies and value chains in horticultural products in order to provide better services and increase health outcomes for the disadvantaged groups benefitted by the INPRHU activities.
I am seeking to do more than just work with INPRHU to develop the agricultural sector in Madriz, Nicaragua – I also wish to understand more about what it means to work in development, the nature of collaboration and cooperation, and how we can affect the sort of change we want to see. I welcome you to join and support me on this journey.
All proceeds from fundraising will go to CUSO, to be used to send volunteers like myself on similar placements. This journey has only been possible through the fundraising efforts of previous volunteers. Your generous donations will be matched: for every 1$ donated, the Canadian Government will donate 9$!
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Cuso International sends people rather than money – we are not an emergency aid agency. Our volunteers work on long-term, sustainable solutions,
In spite of the obstacles facing them, people in every corner of the developing world are building better futures for their communities. Our volunteers work side-by-side with these committed citizens to make this positive change happen. They are matched to placements that meet the direct requests of our overseas partners. Lasting change requires not just a financial investment, but also a human investment. That’s why Cuso International shares skills, and changes lives.
While there are many volunteer-sending agencies, one of Cuso International’s unique attributes is its role as the North American strategic alliance partner of VSO, a worldwide partnership of Voluntary Service Overseas organizations. This is the world’s largest non-governmental development network that works through volunteers. It allows us to recruit from all over the world, and we can transfer the expertise, experience and ‘best practices’ of one country to another.
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