Community Projects in San Juan del Sur:
Below are lists of community organizations that contribute greatly to the town and can coordinate volunteer activities:
Fundación A. Jean Brugger:
The A. Jean Brugger Foundation is one of the oldest and most active foundations in San Juan del Sur.
They focus on education and have developed a successful school uniform and scholarship program. They have recently focused on recycling and are developing progressive programs with the help of the municipal government. www.fundacionajbrugger.org
The Library project started in San Juan del Sur with the mission to give everyone access to books. In many countries lending libraries simply do not exist.
Nicaragua was among these countries but founder and director Jane Mirandette wanted to change this and give everyone a chance to take home a book to use and enjoy. She also insisted on creating a program where the library visits rural schools and lends kids books. After years the project has spawned libraries in Nicaragua and other countries. This project has changed the reading culture of the area and become one of the most successful community projects in the country. www.sjdsbiblioteca.org
Newton Mass. Sister City Program
One of the oldest organizations involved in San Juan del Sur, the program builds schools, provides clean water filters to rural communities, helps the health clinic among other projects.
The Program has done an admirable job creating deep rooted ties to the community and positively affecting it’s development. www.newtonsanjuan.org
Fundación Uno is a national foundation that focuses on education. Among other programs they establish computer labs (Aulanet) and in 2009 built a very large and well equipped one in San Juan del Sur. The labs serve as learning centers and collaborate with various groups to support their curriculms. www.fundacionuno.org
Surfers have understood their profound connection to the environment and community while enjoying the splendor of the waves in San Juan del Sur. Nicaragua Surf Report has done an admirable job of engaging the community with positive projects. www.nicasurfreport.com
A relative newcomer to the scene Fundación Tierra works to create reforestation programs and supports local sports initiative. They are the the social branch of Encanto del Sur land development and are a good example of corporate social responsibility.