Against the backdrop of beautiful beaches, colorful wildlife and world class surf breaks, it can sometimes be hard to remember that Nicaragua has the highest poverty rate in Central America. Studies show that 47 percent of Nicaragua’s 5.7 million people survive on less than 2 dollars a day.
Despite the poverty level, Nicaragua is transitioning into one of Central America’s most popular vacation destinations. And in an effort to bridge the gap, we’re constantly coming up with new partnerships and innovative ways to give back to the local community.
We host fundraising campaigns to raise money for local charities, donate $1 back for every guidebook sold on our website and run the Casa Llanta Fund non-profit organization to support local schools and other educational initiatives in San Juan del Sur. We always try to target the big-picture problems with sustainable solutions and focus our efforts on education and helping people with disabilities
Although the impact of our efforts is impossible to measure, there is always one indicator of success that can be reliably counted upon: A child’s smile.
In June, 2016 we partnered with Rainbow® Sandals in San Clemente, California to deliver over 100 pairs of rainbow sandals to the community of El Carizal.
The smiles were plentiful and contagious.
Thank you Rainbow for sharing rainbows and spreading smiles.
For information on organizations to volunteer at in San Juan del Sur, download our free bonus on the various non-profit organizations, as well as program schedules and needs. You can get the bonus here – http://sanjuandelsur.org/volunteering-opportunities-in-sjds