Project #1

    Mano Amga supports the several schools on the island of Ometepe, Nicaragua through the purchasing of textbooks and other classroom aids. We never forget that schools are the hearts of communities.

    The initiative is in rural Nicaragua, where the main industries are agriculture and tourism.

    The aim is to empower educators and parents to dream what is possible for present day life and for future generations. Together, learning from each other, we will succeed in making dreams reality.

    By providing the necessary tools to increase literacy and education, the project does not just address present concerns, but looks towards future generations as well.

    The library is open to anyone from 8-11am and 2-5pm in the town of Balgue, Ometepe.

    Project #2

    The public health laboratory, serving 5,000 residents, on the remote island of Balgue, Ometepe is constanly in need of supplies.

    Selvista has been supporting the local health clinic laboratory since April 2018, covering the salary of the lab technician. This allows the people in the local area to access simple testing procedures such as blood and urine samples in the town of Balgue.

    Without this on-going service the local residents would have to travel 15 kilometers to the public hospital in Altagracia for these services. For people relying on public transport that can mean a whole day away from work or school.

    Health care is free in Nicaragua at the point of service, but the system is underfunded. Commonly used items are always in short supply. It is more important than ever that these systems have clean, functioning equipment due to the nature of the institution: public health.

    The antibiotics that are commonly prescribed and sold here have been banned by the US and Europe for the last 30 years.

    Project #3

    Local sports teams and children often lack the correct equipment to be able to participate in sporting activities to their best ability. The football league on Ometepe (both male and female) is very popular. Our local village has three teams that participate. They always need new kit and equipment.

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of May 14, 2024
    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.