|MICRO-CREDITS FOR SMALL BUSINESS PROJECTS
Giving micro-credits we are helping the residents to create several new micro-enterprises:
textiles for a group of women, a moto-taxi, a small cafeteria, handicrafts, etc.
| Health Clinic
Palmira Clinic, which is in charge of La Prusia, and once a week a doctor
and nurses of the Nicaraguan Public Health System have been coming to
our Health clinic to attend patients; sometimes they brought free drugs
for the most common needs. Right now the Nicaraguan Health System
has found a new way of taking care of the quarter.
Other volunteers from Spain, doctors like Jose Luis, Alejandro, Luisa, or
nurses like Sabina, Pilar, have done also great work detecting the health
problems of the families and helping them in multiple ways. They have
also given talks on first aid, accident prevention and the use of
|Casas de La Esperanza
|Adult Education, English and Computer Courses
We have co-organized with the Ministry of Education courses of literacy for adults and teenagers, with materials
and a television facilitated by the Ministry (the program “Yo sí puedo”).
Some adults are learning to read and to write, and some young people improve their knowledge.
For the most advanced students, we also offer English and computer classes
Casas de la Esperanza,
La Esperanza Housing & Development
is a non denominational, non political
NGO, tax exempt: 501 (c) (3).
It develops housing and provides technical
education to families who are currently
squatters, living in La Prusia, a quarter
on the outskirts of Granada, Nicaragua.
ACE'S MAIN GUIDING PRINCIPLES
all members of the community, without exclusions of any kind. In particular, it tries to support in cases of special needs
the weakest members of the community.
The work of ACE in La Prusia is based on respect for all persons and collaboration with organizations that exist in the
neighborhood, without trying to impose their own ideas.
ACE thinks that the protagonists of change should be the neighbors. Therefore it is by their side to support them in
their effort to overcome poverty and achieve sustainable development.
ACE does not come to the Prussia to get economic benefits. Its only revenues come from donations that revert
completely in the projects. None of the leaders or volunteers from ACE receive financial compensation. The management
is fully transparent. A very small part of the budget is spent in the Administration, paying the work of local people that
make possible the projects: the watchman, the administrator, and professionals (masons, electricians... etc.). Recently,
in order to organize the work of the project, we have received a donation to give a grant to the Coordinator of volunteers.
the City Council or other particular owners, in danger of eviction. ACE helped the 36 families who
requested it to build their own houses on a land acquired by ACE. Inspired by the fight against the
poverty of M. Yunus, ACE facilitated to these neighbors a small lot (160 sq. meters) with electricity and
water, and material of construction in the form of an interest-free micro-credit, to be returned in very
small monthly amounts. In 2009 the project was completed with common spaces and classrooms,
professional school, clinic, communal radio and play grounds for the children.
Hay espacios verdes y sitios de juego para los niños. La Comunidad de vecinos está ya constituida.
Ellos son los responsables de la convivencia, mantenimiento y buen estado de las zonas comunes.
|Casas de La Esperanza
ACE, October 2013
|The school schedule is very reduced and insufficient; we help the teachers at the school, and after the
school time our volunteers help the school children in our school-workshop.Throughout the week they help them,
and in particular our grantees in secondary school (about forty), with their homework and preparation for
examinations, etc.We also organize other activities with the children:sports, movies, theater, short trips, etc.
|ACE searchs a better future for La Prusia
| 2006-2013: COMPLETED WORK
of La Prusia. ACE and its volunteers have provided them the tools and have given them the required support.
These are some of the already completed activities of ACE in La Prusia in its seven first years:
A better future for all of them,
based on no-discrimination, study,
and well-done work.
completed and another five in advanced construction, in addition to three buildings for various needs of
the community. Teddy Cruz, Quilian Riano, César Fabela and other friends architects have designed them.
THREE CLASSROOMS FOR ADULT EDUCATION,
AFTER SCHOOL WORK WITH KIDS
AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
|The Welding, Mechanics & Carpentry School
|Thanks to Patricia, José Luis,
Luisa, Alejandro, Eva, Sabina,
Pilar and many others
|COMMUNITY CENTER OF LA PRUSIA. THE GROUP OF ANONYM ALCOHOLICS OF THE
QUARTER HAS ITS MEETING EVERY EVENING.
WE USE IT ALSO FOR LECTURES AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
|Why Casas de la Esperanza (ACE)?
|First visit of the Organization María Elena Cuadra to the women of La Prusia,
for supporting them in the fight against gender violence,
providing them with psychological and legal assistance.
|Casas de La Esperanza provides homes, micro-loans, medical care, education, job creation, hope and
dignity to the slum dwellers of La Prusia, Nicaragua. This is our practical way to work for
eradicating extreme poverty and hunger (UN Millennium Development Goals # 1)
| Our first steps
put an end to a situation of injustice. This was the origin of ACE, that was launched to work with the families in the neighborhood,
elbow to elbow, providing the necessary means so that they can improve their education, development and future expectations, as
well as get convenient housing.
This project of development was taking shape in 2006 in Cambridge, MA (USA) with people from Spain, United States and
Nicaragua. The promoters were Angel Saenz-Badillos and Judit Targarona, professors of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
The Association "Casas de la Esperanza" (ACE) is a small NGO open to all those who want to work for comprehensive and
sustainable development of the most disadvantaged communities as La Prusia. It is non-political and non-denominational. It was
registered in Spain in the national Registry of Associations, group 1, section 1, number nac. 588050, CIF G84938133. In
Nicaragua, it was approved by the National Assembly, with the permanent number 4858. It was registered also with the name La
Esperanza Housing & Development / Casas de la Esperanza (EH&D) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, USA, as a tax-free
Non-Profit Corporation, 501(c) (3).
ACE is supported in Spain by Rafael Myro, President, Pilar Saquero, Clerk, Josefina García, treasurer, Mercedes López Salvá,
Octavio Ruiz-Manjón Cabeza, M. Carmen González Landa y Julia Mendoza, professors of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Raquel Galindo, professor of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Anselmo Martínez Cañellas (UIB), Oscar Martínez (Madrid),
Arantxa Lozano (Málaga), Dácil Pérez (Tenerife), and Manuel Ortega (Sevilla).
In the United States: Prof. David Kennedy, Director of the Institute for Global Law and Policy of Harvard Law School, Prof.
Tony Gomez-Ibañez, Prof. Luis Girón Negrón, Prof. M. Gaylord, Prof. Merilee Grindle, Eleanor and Miles Shore, all of them well-
known Professors of Harvard, Teresa (Guillén) Gilman, Teresa Márquez, Doug Laidlaw, Angel Ramon Sáenz-Badillos, Teddy Cruz,
Matías Irigoyen and David del Villar.
In Nicaragua, María Auxiliadora Martínez, lawyer, President; Rosalía Carmen Castillo Sevilla, previous Major of Granada, Ni;
Angélica Rivas, Marco Antonio Rivas Duarte, residents in the neighborhood of La Prusia, Manuel Arana Rochar, and Carlos Arana
Alvarado, of the Ministry of Education.
The first steps of ACE in 2006 and of its projects, were only possible thanks to the help received from several institutions and
companies: Microsoft, The PARC Foundation, group BIEN, ABB Ingenieros, Caja Rioja, La Caixa, Caja España, Universidad
Complutense de Madrid, City Council of Albolote, City Council of Zalla, and especially the Fundación privada ELSER. Beside this, a
substantial part of the Budget comes from the family and friends of the promoters, and of other private persons that share the
points of view of ACE and trust in the transparency of the administration of these projects.
ACE came to La Prusia and analyzed with the neighbors the most urgent needs of this marginal and poor community. Thanks to
meetings with various groups of the community and general assemblies, it became clear that topics like housing, including the
distribution of water and the arrangement of the road destroyed each year by rains, education and health were priority for
them. Neighbors asked ACE to work in all these areas to promote the development of the district. Following these wishes of the
residents of La Prusia, ACE has been engaged for seven years in construction projects, education and health, with the help of
nearly 500 volunteers who have come from all over the world to work for the benefit of children, young people and adults in the
neighborhood. Some major projects have been completed, and their footprint in the area is clearly noticeable.
Right now, in response to general economic constraints, and to the evolution and development of the neighborhood, ACE is doing its
job supported by the best prepared people from the community of La Prusia, and a smaller number of volunteers (12 or 14)
focusing on education and completing the construction projects for disadvantaged people in the neighborhood.