“Sympathy is no substitute for action”

David Livingstone’s maxim helped to inspire the founding of the Trust, more than 20 years ago. Since then, hundreds of volunteers have experienced life-changing visits to Nicaragua, stepping out of their comfort zone to get hands-on with practical building projects in some of the poorest communities in Latin America.

Bluefields, on the Caribbean coast, is particularly lacking in basic infrastructure. There is a desperate need in the region for medical services, schools and community facilities, and often those that do exist are in dire need of refurbishment and repair.

In consultation with local authorities, projects in and around Bluefields are selected from the many requests for help received by the Trust, and several times a year teams travel out from the UK with the aim of seeing a building project through from start to finish, over the course of two to three weeks. Typical constructions include school classrooms and toilet blocks, community laundry facilities and clinics. At the end of the project, the facility is owned and operated by the local community.

Team members are drawn from every age group and from all strata of society, united by a common desire to serve those less fortunate than themselves. Although specialised building skills are always welcome, there are no particular qualifications required, other than the willingness to work as part of a team and a desire to really get stuck in!

Construction projects result in solid, tangible benefits for the community, which should serve the people for many years, and Trust supporters can see exactly what their donations have funded. Whatever your age, you could make a valuable contribution as a volunteer on a variety of challenging projects. Why not consider joining us? Together, we can literally build brighter futures!