Community Projects and NGOs on OmetepeDrucken
A selection of non-profit, social or community-based projects and organizations:
Natural Doctors International (NDI)
Since 2005 NDI's volunteer naturopathic physicians provide free alternative healthcare to communities on Ometepe.
NDI offers internships to medical students and licensed professionals, along with courses in natural medicine in global health care.
Another focus of the organization is women empowerment and education, leading nutrition and health workshops.
A health and educational project in Playa Santo Domingo initiated in 1993 by the German couple Monika und Michael Höhn. The
project finances the local school "La Esperanza" and runs a clinic and ambulance which also provides health services in remote, poor areas of the island.
Special attention to women, informing on hygiene, pregnancy, contraception and nutrition. Also micro loans for small businesses.
www.ometepe-projekt-nicaragua.de (German only)
Fundación Entre Volcanes (FEV)
A network of local associations offering community-based rural eco-tourism for sustainable development. The foundation strives to promote Ometepe's
culture and traditions along with protection of the environment. Tourists can experience community life in the foundation's member associations in
Merida, San Ramon, Los Angeles and Paloma. The foundation also fosters food and artesanal cooperatives.
www.fundacionentrevolcanes.org (Spanish only)
Project Bona Fide (PBF)
The 43-acre educational farm near Balgüe focuses on experimental and scientific organic farming using permaculture techniques.
The local community is involved by shared knowledge and plants from the nursery. Additionally PBF supports
a community center with classes in English, computers, and professional techniques. Volunteer opportunities include working
on the farm and teaching classes.