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Who Are We?

Project Chacocente moves families from the city dump of Managua, Nicaragua to the clean air and fertile soil of Masaya, where the people learn skills for living independently.

Chacocente is a non-profit, integrating project that aims to transform people, not just give them food and/or housing.

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Wait till you see this!

Many of your favorite students from the Chacocente Christian School posed as tiny professionals to help us make this calendar for 2015. Called “Because of You, We Can Dream” the calendar shows the children as the professionals they can become, if only they get a solid education. A fundraiser for the school, the calendar is now on sale for $20 (plus $3 shipping & handling). Founder Cheryl Avery, a former photojournalist, took the photos. An added benefit – all funds raised by calendar sales will be matched dollar for dollar by a very generous supporter! Chacocente Christian School offers a tuition free, full day program including a nutritious lunch for 150 children form the Project and the surrounding neighborhood. In addition, the school provides steady employment for 19 staff members. To order, email .

Chocolates for Chacocente

Friends, chocolate and a very good cause – put them all together and you have “Chocolate for Chacocente”! Two Rochester, NY churches have been doing variations of this fundraiser for years. Chacocente supporters from Asbury First UMC gather at one another’s homes to melt dark, milk and white chocolate wafers, mold them into bunnies, chicks and crosses, and then wrap them up with a pretty ribbon. They also make chocolate covered pretzels, cookies and, of course, turtles! The chocolate is sold on Palm Sunday at local churches. Webster UMC sells Chocolate for Chacocente year-round by purchasing candy bars and having them available for sale each Sunday. Both fundraisers have been very successful and have done much to keep the mission of Project Chacocente going.

We hope you will consider helping by organizing a “Chocolate for Chacocente” in your area! And don’t forget to keep putting $1 a day in your Lenten Lunches glass. Each dollar provides two children with a healthy lunch at Chacocente Christian School!

March 2014 Sponsorship Update

Thank you so much for your continuing support of Project Chacocente! Your sponsorship is truly making a difference in the WHOLE life of your child, the families of Project Chacocente, and the families in the surrounding communities. The new school year began in February with 153 students enrolled in pre-school through eleventh grade with class size averaging 15 students. We continue to provide a quality education taught by dedicated teachers.

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Support José Luis’s Continuing Education
You may have heard the story of José Luis. He truly is one of the miracles of Project Chacocente. Living and scavenging in the Managua Dump, one day he came upon pieces of a computer among the trash heaps. He picked them up and took them to his “home”. His passion for computers began! Days later, he found more and began a collection of discarded computer parts. Being a curious young man, he pieced them together and built a functioning computer.

Much has happened since those days. José moved to Project Chacocente in 2006 and worked hard to build a better life. He attended a basic Computer Training course as part of the Project’s commitment to adult education. For several years, José has shared his love and knowledge of computers with the students of Chacocente Christian School as their Computer Science Teacher.

In an effort to further his education, which he can then share with his students, José is currently enrolled in a thirty month Advanced Computer Training course at the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (National University of Engineering), Facultad de Electrotecnia y Computación (Faculty of Electricity and Computers) in Managua.

We currently have an offer of a matching grant to help fund Jose’s classes! Please consider supporting José as he continues his journey out of poverty. The monthly tuition is $35 and each month of tuition that you donate with be doubled by the matching grant! Your assistance for one, two or several months is greatly appreciated. If interested please email or call Robyn at 585-752-9070.
Lenten Lunches
Instead of "giving up" this Lent, how about "giving to" Chacocente? Place a glass on your table with the words Lenten Lunches on it. Put $1 in each of the 40 days of Lent. By Easter you will have saved enough to feed 80 lunches to a child at Chacocente Christian School!
Founder Cheryl Avery Presents the Families with the Deeds to Their Land!

Here's a few photos from the January 7th Deed Ceremony.

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Chow for Chacocente

Dear Friends of Chacocente,

Happy New Year! We hope 2014 finds you happy and healthy! As we plan for the year ahead, we ask your help as we enter the next phase of Project Chacocente.

Thanks to God’s abundant Grace, eight families will receive the deeds to their properties at a joyous celebration on January 10th, thereby ending the first phase of the project. The next phase will focus on growing Chacocente into a center of educational excellence, spiritual excellence and creating a community center. To assure adequate funding, we invite you to take part in a nationwide fundraiser.

During February, we hope to raise $20,000 through “Chow for Chaco” a month long event of dinners hosted by supporters like you. Each host will invite guests to their home for an evening of fellowship, home cooking and goodwill for our friends in Nicaragua. Guests will attend knowing the dinner is a fundraiser and will be asked to give a minimum donation at the end of the evening. During each dinner, our Prayer Team will be praying for success!

This is an easy way to make a very big difference in the future of the project. Dinners can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose. Please click the links below for full details including suggested donation amounts, invitation templates, menus and registration (not required) instructions.

We pray you will join us as we move forward. God has blessed this ministry in many ways and we feel called to continue His work. There is much to do!

In His Name,

The Board of Directors of Project Chacocente

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Urgent Request

Dear Friends of Chacocente,

This is the time of year we rejoice in the beauty of autumn and send out an update on Project Chacocente! Thanks to God’s grace and your generosity, the project continues to bless many in Nicaragua. What began as a mission to transform the lives of families living in the Managua Dump has become a ministry serving the families of the project as well as those in the neighboring community. Highlights of 2013 include:

  • David graduating from high school and completing all 13 levels of English at the University of Central America
  • Madeling attending Teacher School while doing an exemplary job as school librarian
  • Chiky earning first in his English class at the University of Central America and leading delegations visiting Chacocente as well as translating for medical mission teams
  • Building of a bridge allowing safe passage for students and families during the rainy season
  • Electrification of the water pump
  • A 39% increase in enrollment at Chacocente Christian School
  • The addition of Grade 10
  • The internet made available for teachers and students at school
  • The elementary and secondary school children competing in academic and athletic competitions all the way to the State level

We are grateful for these miracles and look for God’s continued guidance and blessing in the future.

This year our request is urgent. For the first time, we are unable to provide the Project staff with the funds needed to carry out our mission. We pray you will donate now so that the miracle of Chacocente continues.

This urgency is coupled with, though is not the result of, a very unfortunate event. Several weeks ago, we were notified that our non-profit 501(c)(3) status had been revoked because the proper annual formal reports to the IRS had not been done. This was a significant but honest mistake on our part, and we responded promptly. The required paperwork has now been submitted. We are in dialogue with the IRS and expect reinstatement within the next few months. As importantly, we have taken steps to ensure that the error does not happen again.

In the meantime, we appreciate your prayers and continued financial support! To ensure the tax-deductibility of your donations, please channel them through your church until further notice. If you prefer, donations may reliably be made to “Valencia UMC” with “Project Chacocente” in the memo line, and mailed to Valencia UMC, Attention Project Chacocente Coordinator, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA, 91355. Please contact us at with questions.

On behalf of the families and staff of Project Chacocente, thank you for giving them the hope and tools to build a better life for themselves and their children!

Que Dios los bendiga!

The Board of Directors of Project Chacocente

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Encouraging the Young Girls of Chacocente Christian School

Mary Church of Brighton, NY first visited Project Chacocente in 2011 with the Genesee Valley District mission team and has returned several times. The girls of Chacocente Christian School have grown to trust and admire her. Responding to a call to encourage the girls to stay in school, Mary developed a three-day program for girls in grades 5-10.

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Congratulations David!

Another wonderful success story! David Arellano has completed all 13 levels of English at Universidad Centro Americana in Managua. To take this course, David had to devote many hours to study and many more to travel to and from Managua. David is in his final year of high school and hopes to attend college soon after. Thanks to Gabriel for always encouraging the children of Chacocente!

Happy Faces as Girls Receive Dresses

There were ten very happy little girls when they each received a new dress! Hand sewn by a circle of talented seamstresses, the dresses were “sponsored” by members of Asbury First UMC in Rochester, NY and delivered to the project by board member Robyn Gage and her daughter, Mary.
Row 1, left to right – Eveling, Experanzita (“Tita”), Alinson, Chelsea
Row 2 - Mary Gage, Eva, Katherine, Andrea, Alinson, Tatiana, Nohelia, Robyn Gage

Join Us in Prayer for Project Chacocente

We believe one of the most powerful tools we have is prayer. In the hope of uniting supporters sharing that belief, we are forming a list of prayer partners willing to set aside time each day to pray for specific needs of the project. Cheryl Thompson, Asbury First UMC member and PC supporter, will coordinate this effort. If you believe in God’s promise of “Ask and it shall be given to you”, we invite you to join our team to pray for the ministry of Project Chacocente! Email to sign up and to receive periodic prayer requests and updates.

Items Needed Registry

Project Chacocente Needs Your Help! We have posted a list of items needed the Project Chacocente School. Please take a look at the list and let us know if you have any of these items to send.

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