Helping Globally

Project Chacocente

Project Chacocente is a small village of families who used to live in the garbage dump of Managua, Nicaragua.  Since 2003, they have been learning the life skills necessary to be self-sufficient. The Project is located in rural Masaya where the clean air and fertile soil are the perfect place for the families to heal their bodies and learn life changing skills. The original families each fulfilled a five-year contract, and now own their own home and 2 acres of land.

Becoming literate is mandatory and all of the adults attempt to graduate from sixth grade and many go on to high school or vocational training. The adults learn construction and farming skills. In addition, the women learn how to make crafts for the increasing tourist trade.

The Project is also home to the Chacocente Christian School, which currently has over 150 students, preschool – High School. The school offers a comprehensive quality education to the children who live at the project, and to those in the surrounding area. Their education offers the opportunity for a hopeful future.

Project Chacocente is dedicated to helping the families change their lives so that they can be a part of society again and help change the cycle of poverty.

For more information about the project please check out their website or email Michelle,




Other Project Chacocente photos are on Flickr.

Tirzah International

“Tirzah International is a global network of grassroots movements. We partner with women leaders in their own nations to combat poverty, exclusion from education, modern-day slavery, HIV/AIDS, and violence against women and girls. We do this by helping women increase their security by earning more income, by addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds they carry, and by cultivating and equipping advocates who are willing to use their voices, skills, and talents to work for gender equality and justice.”

For more information about Tirzah International, visit

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Through our monetary contributions, our church supports the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and missionaries in the United States and 43 countries. UMCOR works worldwide in the areas of refuge ministries, disaster response and hunger ministries.