What is it?
The WCRF Chari-Tour is an opportunity to travel internationally as an humanitarian volunteer. You pay for your own tax deductible travel expenses through the Worldwide Child Relief Foundation.
Our humanitarian work currently focuses on the small village of La Calle Real, Nicaragua. It is located about one hour northeast of the city of Leon. It is 15 miles east of the small town of Malpasillio where over 90% of the people live in extreme poverty.
Nicaragua is the second poorest country in all of Central and South America. In La Calle Real most people live and support their families as subsistence farmers or small pottery businesses. After generations of division, family land has been divided into tiny plots that can barely produce enough corn and beans to last between three and nine months. To supplement their income, people work as day laborers, or seasonally migrate to work on sugar and coffee plantations.
Most families do not have running water, refrigeration, washing machines, dryers, or stoves. Most cooking is done inside or outside over an open fire. Most transportation is by foot, bike, and bus if you can get to the main highway. Nutrition is poor with the staple food being rice and beans. Better off families own some livestock.
Public schools do not receive any money from the government for school supplies, materials, or equipment. Teachers and staff is the only resource provided by the government. Education beyond secondary school is priced reasonably, but is beyond the means for most LCR families. Despite the extreme poverty, you will notice that the children arrive at school well groomed, wearing clean clothes (even if they must wash them every day). They are anxious to learn and have a good attitude. We have found the school personnel and the community to be very supportive and grateful for our assistance.
What you can expect
Our work is centered around the primary and secondary schools of the village. We are currently delivering school supplies, teaching academic and enrichment classes, and working on infrastructure projects at the schools. We are also working with the community in building economic sustainability. (See our Educational and Economic Sustainability Program)
We usually spend a few days at the end of the trip visiting some fun and interesting points of interest in Nicaragua.
We are looking forward to having you join us on one of these charitable and personally rewarding trips. Your generous help is appreciated by the Worldwide Child Relief Foundation and the children of Nicaragua.Hal and Denise Young