American Nicaraguan Foundation

United In Action

aka ANF   |   Miami, FL   |  http://anfnicaragua.org

Mission

ANF´s institutional mission is to acquire directly or through strategic partners the necessary resources to contribute substantially and sustainably to reduce the impact of poverty in the lives of the most vulnerable population in Nicaragua; providing these non-profitable resources to their beneficiaries, in an efficient, effective and transparent manner, with the assistance of a network of local partners.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Mr. Nicolás Arguello

Main address

1000 NW 57th Court Suite 170

Miami, FL 33126 USA

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EIN

65-0326517

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Great part of Nicaragua's population rely on unimproved sources of water and sanitation facilities. They have limited access to healthcare and nutritious food, resulting in more than 16% of the population being undernourished. The leading causes of death are heart disease, stroke, kidney diseases, diabetes and lower respiratory infections. It is considered than more than 78% of families are homeless or living in poor quality houses. Some have inadequate flooring, roof and walls, and are usually overcrowded. More than 43% of children are not enrolled in school for reasons related to economic problems, or the need to work outside/inside the household. People living in rural areas represent more than 40% of the population. Their average income is almost half the average income per person/year in urban areas. A vast majority of households have at least one unsatisfied basic need.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education

Education is the most promising way out of poverty and should be readily available to every child. ANF’s education programs aim to improve school retention rates, increase school attendance, enhance educational quality, and reduce hunger by implementing school meal programs, training teachers, building
schools, and improving school-level infrastructure.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Access to quality healthcare and nutrition is extremely limited in Nicaragua and the absence of these basic necessities are detrimental. Our health and nutrition programs strive to improve lives with an integrated approach on healthcare. Through an increased focus on prevention, ANF promotes healthy lifestyles,
builds awareness through school-level health education campaigns, delivers mobility assistance devices, and ensures quality nutrition for malnourished children.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Nearly one million people in Nicaragua lack adequate shelter. ANF believes that it is essential to provide the conditions where life and human dignity are enhanced, therefore housing is the focal point from which we help impoverished communities build new lives. Our housing program aims to reduce the housing deficit in the country by building dignified houses and in addition, building community-level infrastructure including clinics, schools, and community centers to provide families what they need to improve their livelihoods.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Agricultural progress is a potent force in reducing poverty in developing countries. ANF supports smallholder farmers by providing them with access to credit, quality inputs, and technical assistance, while promoting sustainable agroecological practices aimed at achieving food security, reducing vulnerability, improving incomes and livelihoods of rural families.

Population(s) Served
Adults

ANF seeks to improve the living conditions of impoverished rural communities by giving them
access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities. Most water and sanitation
interventions complement ANF’s housing initiatives; together they change families’ hygiene behaviors
and strengthen the communities’ capacity to manage their new facilities once projects conclude.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Great Place To Work 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of houses built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Housing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 1992, 23,564 new houses constructed with ANF’s support, benefiting more than 120,620 people

Number of solar panels installed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Installed solar panels in rural households.

Number of waterwells built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Water and Sanitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 1992, 105,000 people benefited through ANF's water & sanitation initiatives

Number of sanitary solutions built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 1992, ANF has supported the construction of 12, 425 sanitation facilities.

Number of patient consultations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2017, ANF distributed 73 medical containers through 120 health facilities, providing more than 225,407 patient consultations

Number of children reached with a meal each school day

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Implementing school meal programs for students to receive a daily nutritious meal

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To improve the living conditions of impoverished rural communities by giving them access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities.

To improve the access to and quality of medical attention provided to people living in poverty across Nicaragua, and build dignified houses, build medical centers, community centers, and schools.

To create incentives for parents to send their children to school, and to obtain a higher percentage of children in primary and secondary school, as well as building new learning facilities, provide school supplies, and nutritious meals for school children.

To promote sustainable agricultural practices in an effort to help rural families in Nicaragua achieve food security and sustained economic growth, while contributing to the maintenance of ecosystems and strengthening capacities to adapt to local climate change.

Most water and sanitation interventions complement ANF's housing initiatives; together they change families' hygiene behaviors and strengthen the communities' capacity to manage their new facilities once projects conclude.

ANF distributes food, medicine, medical supplies, and equipment to a network of more than 130 health centers throughout the country. Additionally, ANF supports feeding and nutritional recovery programs and carries out health education campaigns for low income students and their families.

ANF has been working with international entities and the Government of Nicaragua to improve the living conditions of impoverished families through the construction of dignified, two-bedroom houses. In many rural communities where ANF builds homes, we often build medical centers, community centers, and schools. Moreover, ANF provides families with tools and training to improve their livelihoods.

ANF focuses its educational programs on reducing the indirect costs of education, thereby creating incentives for parents to send their children to school. This is accomplished through the distribution of in-kind donations (school supplies, books, classroom furniture) and the implementation of school feeding programs. Additionally, ANF supports the construction of classrooms, computer labs, and water and sanitation stations.

Through its Center for Agricultural Training, ANF also promotes agricultural research and new, low-cost technologies to improve small-scale farmer's agricultural knowledge and practices.

ANF relies on a holistic community development model that integrates solutions in the areas of health & nutrition, housing, water & sanitation, agriculture and humanitarian aid.

ANF has a network of more than 1,000 local partners organizations throughout Nicaragua, including local governments, schools, clinics, religious institutions, NGOs, and civil society organizations.

With the support of this network, ANF reaches the poorest communities, having a significant impact on thousand of families.

Thanks to ANF's Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) program, to date we have built 117 water wells, connected 4,897 household water systems by installing tap stands in their yards/plots, built 9,525 sanitation facilities, benefiting 92,491 people.

We have helped improve the health of 2,530 malnourished children, and helped build 11 children feeding centers, as well as building/rehabilitating 13 medical clinics and also supported the construction of 19,936 houses, benefiting 99,680 people.

ANF has distributed 1,037 containers of school supplies, supported the construction and rehabilitation of 140 classrooms and schools, established 8 computer labs, and helped train over 1,500 teachers in new teaching methodologies.

We have established 28 greenhouses, benefiting 217 small-holder farmers, provided technical assistance in training bean and papaya farmers, and beekeepers. 1,925 families benefited with fruit and vegetable garden initiatives, and we have built 58 community centers.

However, there is still a lot to be done. Our mission is to reduce the impact of poverty in the lives of the most vulnerable population throughout the whole country.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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American Nicaraguan Foundation

Board of directors
as of 05/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Alfredo Pellas


Board co-chair

Mr. Rafael Sánchez

F. Pellas

Rafael Sánchez

Nicolás Arguello

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/17/2022

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