Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient
My range of responsibilities with Compas de Nicaragua, a small non-profit based in La Primavera, Managua and La Paz, Carazo, spanned an entire spectrum of services; because we’re a small group working in two very small communities, our work is not specialized, but can generally be described as part of a holistic effort of sustainable development. This includes microloans for women and farmers, installation of green systems for cooking gas and water filtration, and facilitating cultural exchange between North American service groups.
Every moment of this internship was a balance between disenchantment and conviction, but it did reaffirm my belief in the pure definition of grass-roots: the mentality of building everything from within a community, with the prospect of serving the community. Only through direct engagement with beneficiaries can their needs be recognized and addressed.
- Date September 1, 2011
- Tags 2011, Central America, Environment, Preston, Social Service