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    Nicaraguan Trails

    Costa Rican Trails, as the parent company of Nicaraguan Trails, offers you the option to buy the supplies you wish to donate in some markets in Nicaragua. If you are interested, please contact your Sales Consultant or write us at reservations@costaricantrails.com
    Pack for a Purpose does not condone visiting orphanages, as this can often lead to negative impacts on children. The accommodation or tour company working with the orphanage will deliver the supplies in a coordinated and respectful way so that the children can benefit from them. Your generosity is not diminished because you do not interact with the children.

    Project #1

    The Mother Albertina Girls’ Home is located in Granada, Nicaragua, and functions as a refuge for these girls. The home provides them with all the support they need so they can feel like they are part of a loving family.

    In this home, girls learn to care for themselves (by doing laundry, preparing food, etc.) and also go to school. A psychologist gives them attention and they participate in recreational activities and sports.

    The girls are cared for by nuns who try to place them in a family that will care for them and love them. There are many teenagers in this center who need your help.

    Project #2

    La Escuela AMAN is a school for disabled adults in the region of Granada, Nicaragua. The school as created with the aim to provide to the students education, practical skills and positive nurturing environment to support their development.The students made their own arts and crafts to sell it in a store in other to created incomes for themselves. Food service program was also produced in AMAN’s School to give the students at least one healthy meal a day (this service also created revenue by selling lunch to community members).

    In 2004, AMAN lost its central funding source, so AMAN’s efforts have been reduced as resources in services have taken affect. Today, the students and teachers of AMAN work hard to keep the doors open to this very important school. However, help is needed to continue this project and the services it provides the disabled community of Granada.

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of October 20, 2021
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .

    Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.

    Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
    • Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
    • The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

    Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.