Welcome at the Monimbó Foundation
The Monimbó Foundation, which was established in 1996, focuses on the support of small-scaled development projects in Nicaragua. The Board members of the Foundation have each spent shorter or longer periods of time in this Central American country. The supported projects are all local initiatives that are managed by Nicaraguans.
Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Apart from natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes and volcano eruptions, the country has suffered a history of dictatorship and fraudulent governments. Corruption is infinitely extensive. More than 50% of the population lives below the poverty line, but money to combat poverty hardly ever finds its way to the most needy.
Due to recent political developments many Western countries, including The Netherlands, have decided to close their embassies and have stopped development aid. Nicaraguans are now more or less left to fend for themselves.
Focus on youth
Monimbó Foundation takes the fate of the most destitute Nicaraguans to heart and focuses on youngsters in particular. We believe that supporting projects that help with the development and education of young people will offer the best chance to create a better future.
Right now we are supporting two projects. By far the biggest project is Inhijambia which is a relief centre for street children and young glue sniffers that offers shelter and a resocialisation programme. Beside Inhijambia we also support Alternativa, an organisation that provides small business initiatives with microcredit.
Our method of working
Monimbó Foundation carefully chooses the projects it will support, monitors them critically and aims for long term relationships. To succeed we use our excellent contacts in Nicaragua. Also the members of the Board regularly, at their own expense, visit the projects. That way we ensure the money being spent appropriately.
Our Board members are volunteers and the only costs being made are for administration. So at least 99% of all proceeds go to the projects in Nicaragua.
Monimbó is a small foundation that is entirely dependent on donations. Your donation, big or small, once-only or periodic, is very much appreciated.
Donations are more than welcome on IBAN NL92 INGB 0007 5426 36 in the name of Stichting Monimbó at Rijswijk. The Bank Identifier Code (BIC) is INGBNL2A.