Project Chacocente moves families from the city dump of Managua, Nicaragua to the clean air and fertile soil of Masaya where for five years, the people learn skills for living independently. Chacocente is a non-profit, integrated project that aims to transform people, not just give them food and/or housing.
The families sign a contract promising to "work" with us for five years, at which time they receive the house they build and about two acres of land. Working with us means learning to read and write, to build, to farm, to solve problems, to govern themselves, to be more knowledgeable parents, and to start a small business.
The goal is to reintroduce the families into a society in which they have not participated in many years, and to teach them the skills they need to be self-sufficient. Literally, the project takes people out of one culture and shows them how to live in another.
PC is a 501(c)(3) organization, incorporated in the State of Massachusetts.
Internship duties will be developed based on skills and interests of the student and the needs of the community --- volunteers focused on education is always a need.
Once accepted as a Shepherd Intern, an additional application is requested by Chacocente, followed by a phone interview.