National agreement in Nicaragua


We just signed an agreement at national level with the Ministry of Education of Nicaragua. After a year of meetings, telephone calls, hopes and many delays, we finally signed this new agreement with the MINED of Nicaragua.

Before this signature, we used to work on the basis of an agreement with the local authorities of the Ministry of Education. Now the Nicaraguan government has recognized the work of One Two Tree for the entire country. With this signature we confirmed a commitment that lasts four years already. We also give stability to the project in view of the agreement we are currently working on to receive volunteers from the European Union.

It´s been twelve months of hard work to reach to this point. Many persons have been involved, some of them are back in Spain and some have been in Nicaragua throughout the entire process. We would like to thank these persons for this little success in our long life.

New One Two Tree project in Guatemala

This is probably the most important news published in this section since we started One Two Tree. We have double our work in Central America. Going forward, we will also teach in Guatemala. We used to have some work in this country, but it was focused on assisting another NGO and financing their projects. We will now have our own office and permanent Volunteer Coordinator working in Guatemala.

This week we signed the agreement with the Ministry of Education of Guatemala. We agreed to start teaching in August in the schools of Santiago Atitlan, a village West from Guatemala City and next to lake Atitlán.

What is it about?

We are basically replicating the model that we already have in place in Nicaragua by leveraging our experience teaching English and managing Volunteer groups. Regarding academics, we will have the same levels, tools and processes for both countries. Gary Carson, our Director in Nicaragua, will take care of all Academic matters. We will also centralize the admin work. All applications and questions raised through the website or Facebook will be dealt by Marta, our Volunteer coordinator. She will become the Volunteer responsible for the region. 

Where are we in Guatemala?

Guatemala One Two Tree

The new project is in Santiago Atitlán. It´s the perfect location. Lake Atitlán brings thousands of tourists to the
towns of Panajachel, San Pedro and Santiago. It is a small city of 50,000 people with 90% of indigenous population. Most of these people do not speak much Spanish (their mother tongue is kaqchiquel), hence their access to a job is difficult. By teaching them English, we are giving the youth of Santiago much better expectations to find a job in the growing tourism industry. This will allow underprivileged people to benefit first from economic development.

Santiago Atitlán is surrounded by volcanos. Nature grows fast in every place free of concrete. In the mornings, fishermen paddle their wooden canoes over flat and calmed water. It is 1,625 meters over the sea level, this gives Santiago the perfect temperature even if located in Central America. 

Why are we starting this project?

By starting up a project in Guatemala, we are basically taking the opportunity of doubling the number of beneficiaries without doubling the costs and resources. We already have processes, tools and experience, so we only need to increase the volume of work and scope. Of course, we will also incur a few additional cost like accommodation for the volunteer coordinator, internet or admin cost in Guatemala.

One Two Tree Volunteers GuatemalaBy increasing our scope we are also reducing the risk of having one only project for the whole organization. When we work in a single country, we are exposed to political changes in the person or institution allowing our work, also to our relationship (good or bad) with local partners. There is even a financial risk, as all our income is one currency and all our cost are in a different single currency. If we have two projects in separate countries, One Two Tree will always be ready to increase the work in one place if it decreases in the other.

 

New agreement in Nicaragua to offer a new intership

Thanks to the economic support from Bed4You Hotels, One, two … tree! could sign a new agreement for the Vocational Training Program (called Programa de Inserción Laboral), and offer a new internship position to one of our students from the fifth edition of this program.

This new agreement was signed with Hotel Boutique D'Santos, a rustic hotel managed by a charming marriage, Aldo Rapaccioli and Consuelo Chamorro. The hotel is placed in the Private Reserve Concepción de Maria, located in Dolores, half way between Diriamba and Jinotepe.

The owners are first of their kind in the environmental friendly growth of coffee in Nicaragua. This initiative granted them the certificate Utz Kapeh, which is given by a global program based in Holland that sets the standards for responsible production and supply of coffee. The coffee is produced and processed in their own land, obtaining Santos's Coffee as their ultimate product.

The hotel offers only seven rooms in a building of rustic style. This was indeed the purpose of their founders, as it creates the environment for a natural paradise in which visitors and workers can feel comfortable.

Nuestros voluntarios dan clases de inglés en una nueva ONG

One, two…Tree! ha firmado un convenio de colaboración con la Asociación Centro Integral de la Niñez y Adolescencia Getsemaní (CINAG), ubicada en el barrio de Fernando Baltodano, Diriamba. One, two…Tree! ofrecerá sus cursos de inglés a los distintos grupo de niños y jóvenes que asisten a esta Centro. Además, también ofreceremos un curso para adultos, destinado sobre todo a los padres de alumnos y a los miembros del CINAG.

CINAG es una organización sin fines de lucro que surgió en el año 2003. Su principal preocupación y motivación gira en torno a la vulnerabilidad y situación de la niñez y adolescencia en el departamento de Carazo, y por ende, el compromiso de constituir una entidad social que tenga como propósito central la promoción del desarrollo integral de la niñez y adolescencia en alto riesgo.

¡Estamos encantados de poder colaborar con esta ONG y aportar nuestro granito de arena para al desarrollo de la Niñez y Adolescencia en riesgo!

 

One Two Tree es una ONGD

La Asociación One Two Tree está registrada como ONG de Desarrollo (ONGD) con número de referencia 2777 en el Registro de ONGD de la AECID . Aquí el certificado de registro.

Una ONG puede tener dos formas jurídicas: Asociación o Fundación. Las Fundaciones tienen automáticamente los beneficios fiscales para actividades altruistas, pero necesitan un capital inicial de 30 mil Euros. Esto complica el tema para las pequeñas ONG. Las Asociaciones, en cambio, no tienen un capital mínimo, pero tienen que esperar dos años contables de actividad para obtener beneficios fiscales para sus donantes. En cualquier caso, registrarse como ONGD permite acelerar el proceso a las Asociaciones para acceder a las ventajas fiscales sin esperar dos años,  también mejora la imagen y la transparencia de la organización. Las ONGD reciben la gran mayoría de subvenciones públicas por haber sido evaluadas individualmente por la Administración. Aquí y aquí tenéis más información sobre ONGD y aquí sobre la formas jurídicas de las ONG. 

Sólo excepcionalmente la AECID permite a pequeñas ONG registrarse como ONGD. En la práctica dan esa calificación a grandes organizaciones, pero la ley no habla de tamaños y nosotros quisimos pelear por este registro. Empezamos hace dos años con la solicitud, hubo recursos, abogados, consejos y muchas horas dedicadas a este trabajo. Al final lo conseguimos. Somos probablemente una de las organizaciones más pequeñas en el Registro de ONGD. Solo hay 2.000 ONGD registradas y existen 45.000 asociaciones en España, muchas de ellas con fines solidarios. Si descuentas las Fundaciones ONGD, estaríamos dentro del pequeño 2-3% que tiene el visto bueno de la AECID, en ese grupo hay un puntito pequeño con una ilusión enorme, ese punto somos nosotros. Aquí tenéis la última estadística sobre Asociaciones publicada por el Ministerio del Interior.  

Ya sabéis que tenéis todos nuestros documentos constitutivos y nuestras cuentas en la página web. 

Calendarios de One Two Tree

Este año vamos a vender calendarios para cubrir los gastos del año que viene.  Todo gracias a Francesco Caiazza, el fotógrafo y diseñador de este bonito proyecto. Es un calendario pequeño de pared con fotos completas en cada página alternadas con los meses del año, así puedes enmarcar o colgar las fotos sin que el año se te venga encima.

Cómo comprarlos

  • Por internet: Y sin moverte de casa. Solo tienes que pagar 12 Euros a través de nuestra cuenta Paypal (debajo), enviarnos un email con tu dirección y abrir el buzón un par de días más tarde. Este precio incluye 2 Euros de gastos de envío.  Envía el email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • En tiendas o bares colaboradores: Estamos contactando a varios bares y establecimientos para que nos ayuden a vender los calendarios. Pronto incluiremos aquí una lista de estos bares. Atento a nuestra página de Facebook.
  • A través de voluntarios: Una selección de almas caritativas nos va ayudar a vender los calendarios en diferentes ciudades. También actualizaremos esta sección para daros los datos de cada uno.
  • En fin de año: Los organizadores de la fiesta de Fin de año en The Concept, de Vigo, también se han enrollado con One Two Tree. Por la compra de la entrada y solo pagando 5 Euros más, te llevas un calendario. Aquí tenéis el evento.

 Hemos conseguido que un banco de inversión australiano doble todo lo recaudado con este proyecto. Por cada calendario vendido por 10 Euros, ellos aportarán otros 10.

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Y un poquito más sobre la historia de este calendario

Cuando Francesco nos escribió hace 8 meses para hacer de fotógrafo para One Two Tree, no lo dudamos. Francesco es un fotógrafo reconocido que pasó dos semanas en nuestro proyecto haciendo fotos de niños, colegios y profesores. Todos los voluntarios que estaban en aquel momento en Nicaragua tuvieron la suerte de tener una foto hecha por Francesco. Además, nuestro fotógrafo fue un voluntario estupendo, todos en Diriamba aún le recuerdan y nos preguntan cuándo va a volver.

Hechas las fotos, empezó el trabajo de selección, procesado de cada foto, diseño del calendario y muchos, muchos mensajes entre Pedro y Francesco para decidir los detalles del proyecto. Por fin, Francesco encontró una imprenta que nos hizo un buen precio y llegaron los calendarios.  

Por la venta de cada calendario recaudamos 8 Euros de donativo. Si a eso sumas lo que aporta el banco colaborador de este proyecto, ¡recibimos 18 Euros por cada calendario! Si nos preguntas, este es el momento de ayudar a One Two Tree.  

 

One Two Tree dinner with school directors

This year and for the first time, we have organized a dinner with all school directors of Diriamba, volunteers and representatives of the Ministry of Education. Basically, we had all stakeholders of our biggest project sitting in the same table.

We first had a short presentation about One Two Tree by Pedro, then Ronald presented APAN as cooperating charity and our coordinators finally introduced their selves as the point of contact for all daily related issues. We also had a word from Martha Valle, representative of the Ministry of Education, and the principals told us about their experience with this program.

We couldn’t be happier after listening what Martha Valle and the directors had to say about One Two Tree. They all showed great respect for the huge work that our volunteers were doing, they also asked the program to continue ´forever!´ and they were even interested in taking English lessons their selves. In fact, we will start organizing an English program to be run on Saturdays for schools teachers.

The dinner was also an opportunity to know each other personally, exchange teaching experiences and put faces to the work that our charity is doing in Diriamba. It went so well that we decided to convert this dinner into a yearly meeting. Long-life to our Engish program!!

Yearly dinner with school directors

This year and for the first time, we have organized a dinner with all school directors of Diriamba, volunteers and representatives of the Ministry of Education. Basically, we had all stakeholders of our biggest project sitting in the same table.

We first had a short presentation about One Two Tree by Pedro, then Ronald presented APAN as cooperating charity and our coordinators finally introduced their selves as the point of contact for all daily related issues. We also had a word from Martha Valle, representative of the Ministry of Education, and the principals told us about their experience with this program.

We couldn’t be happier after listening what Martha Valle and the directors had to say about One Two Tree. They all showed great respect for the huge work that our volunteers were doing, they also asked the program to continue ´forever!´ and they were even interested in taking English lessons their selves. In fact, we will start organizing an English program to be run on Saturdays for schools teachers.

The dinner was also an opportunity to know each other personally, exchange teaching experiences and put faces to the work that our charity is doing in Diriamba. It went so well that we decided to convert this dinner into a yearly meeting. Long-life to our Engish program!!

Refurbishment of wheelchairs

We refurbished seven wheel-chairs for disabled children and we produced individual working tables for each of them.

AMS is a local charity working with disabled children in Diriamba. Isabel and Esther do most of the work with an immense vocation to help others. Their budget is as little as their organization, that´s why we were so convinced of helping them. This is their webpage.

In most cases, the AMS beneficiaries present both a physical and intellectual disability; hence their wheelchairs must be adapted to each of their individual needs. Every chair had a different issue. Some had a wheel blocked by the armrest, others lost one of their footrest, there were also broken cushions, broken breaks or wrong wheels. You can find all details about each wheelchair repaired in this document prepared by AMS.   

When we started working with AMS, we explained our transparency requirements for each and every expense or income. Isabel and Esther met all our expectations sending us documents, contracts and invoices documenting every single expense.

This is a video made by the beneficiaries of this project for all One Two Tree donors (the organization has allowed the publication of this video):

 

Internet is here!

Diriamba has several internet cafes where you can pay to get connected. But paying for Internet is something that not everyone can afford, hence One Two Tree has created the first place in Diriamba offering public and free internet access.

The idea is to give them access to the web and help them improving their conditions. Job search websites, videos, manuals, online courses, we want to offer all this to everyone in Nicaragua. We will be organizing workshops where we will get them familiarize with the usual IT applications and the most useful web-based tools.

After almost a year trying to get internet access, we finally managed to get it installed in APAN, the NGO with whom we partner.  Until now, our volunteers used to walk around Diriamba looking for internet cafes.

Now APAN is not only a place to access internet but also a meeting point for volunteers, children and coordinators. The will organize English lessons, plan their trips around Nicaragua or share a coffee with bread in the Nica way.