Nicaraguan Children's Friendship Committee
Our mission is to help poor and abandoned Nicaraguan youth become healthy and self-sufficient. We provide scholarships for impoverished students (ages 12-21) to attend high schools, vocational trade schools and college. The students are provided tutorial support and medical services. Half of the students originated from a shelter for abandoned youth that NCFC has a a history of supporting.
We directly operate a literacy and sewing project for high risk adolescent girls who can't attend regular school because they help support their families. Girls are able to finish their elementary school education and learn practical sewing skills. Preventative health, self-esteem and self defense workshops are offered along with individual counseling.
NCFC also operates a one year carpentry apprenticeship program for boys living in a gang and drug plagued neighborhood. Graduates join the project's cooperative and contract out to make furniture and do repair work. Other students get jobs with local businesses after geting their first work experience in this program.
We are a local small non-profit organization started in 2003 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area lawyers and other professionals. We fund small projects in Leon, Nicaragua that are often overlooked by international charities. Our projects rely on our funding to keep their doors open.
We continue to cover medical expenses for children at a shelter for abandoned youth in Leon where many of our scholarship recipients lived. NCFC is currently working with another US non-profit organization to make improvements to a community built preschool in Leon. In years past, we directed operated a rural preschool.