“Enriching the lives of children and families lives
through health and education initiatives.”
Est. July 2004
 
WHO WE ARE 

The Children’s Wellness Fund is a private operating foundation located in Miami, Florida. We are self-funded and do not generally seek cash donations. We have a voluntary staff in Miami and our primary operations are conducted out of our office in Granada, Nicaragua.
 
OUR MISSION
 
To promote, encourage and improve the quality of life for children and families in need in the United States and the Americas through improved healthcare, education, and enrichment activities. As an operating foundation, our employees, volunteers and vendors will implement our activities; while we make grants to other charitable organizations, that is not our focus. We actively seek governmental and non-governmental organizations with which we can partner where there is mutual benefit.
 
TARGET COMMUNITIES 

Zapatera, Nicaragua is located in Lake Nicaragua situated about 30 kilometers northwest of the city of Granada. Mothers generally stay home and tend to the children while fathers seasonally fish to support their families. There is minimal education and very limited health or medical services provided by the government. The island’s infrastructure is virtually non-existent, with no electricity or indoor plumbing (although there are freshwater wells and outhouses). The island is a protected reserve and no commercial farming is permitted, although families may tend to gardens used for personal consumption. El Manchón, another village we serve, is a community located in an agricultural district near Lake Nicaragua. 

OUR GOALS 

Our Goals: This grassroots organization analyzes and assesses community needs, then implements programs to improve the quality of life both in the present and for the future. Primary goals include the providing of basic medical care and improving health and hygiene, providing education for primary school-age children and adults; providing secondary and tertiary education opportunities for older children; and economic assistance for infrastructure development, including the building of houses and a school and the installation of photovoltaic solar energy systems. In all of our efforts we try to achieve sustainable outcomes by working hand-in-hand with the communities and by focusing our efforts on those problems of maximal concern to the community. Children’s Wellness Fund works in partnership with other NGO’s and governmental organizations to bring these services to the community in the most efficient means possible.  




Children’s Wellness Fund is committed to providing the following services to the people of Zapatera and El Manchón.

Education
· Provide programs to recruit and retain qualified teachers (in collaboration with the Ministry of Education).
    This includes improving living conditions for teachers as well as compensation.
· Establish a curriculum and provide basic school supplies and books.
· Supply recreation equipment, educational toys and games.

Medical
· Provide for physician visits and training of community health workers.
· Establish and support an island-run clinic that is stocked with basic medical supplies.
· Promote personal hygiene practices to the community.
· Analyze water quality and repair or dig wells where necessary to ensure clean, safe drinking water for all.
· Improve children’s daily nutrition.

Infrastructure/Economy and Capital Investments
· Introduce limited solar power to the community.
· Promote economic self-sufficiency through micro-lending and trades education.
· Provide over time for capital investments to meet the needs of the community (schools, housing, etc.)

E-mail Contact: info@cwf.org


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