Posted Aug. 1, 2012
Left: Jan Lindsay, CEO of GOCARE, Inc., and wife, Pamela, stand in front of the Lindsay Community
Center. Right: Students learn during a computer class at the Lindsay Community Center.
(VENTURA, Calif.) – July 30, 2012 – Ventura-based GOCARE Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3)
charity, is helping Nicaraguans overcome crushing poverty.
Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America and the second poorest in the
Western Hemisphere, with widespread war in the 1980s having destroyed much of the
country’s infrastructure. GOCARE Inc. provides a bridge to a better life through
educational, health and economic development curriculum programs. Currently, about
50 percent of Nicaraguans live below the poverty line, while 80 percent live on less than
$2 per day, according to the U.N. Development Programme.
Jan Lindsay, CEO of GOCARE Inc., made it his mission to help the Nicaraguan
community after his first visit to the Third World country in 2001 with the Ventura East
Rotary Club. With a background in economics, Lindsay felt the best way to help lift the
community out of poverty is through education. He was inspired by the work of the late
Alice McGrath, a Ventura resident activist who developed a passion for Nicaragua and
the Sandinista movement and helped lead 86 missions between 1990 and 2000.
“On my first trip, I was introduced to the community of Pantanal outside Granada. A
group that was composed of mostly women met with us and explained how they were
living out of the dump with their children. They were asking for our help and I knew I had
to do something,” Lindsay said. “Education is the only lasting way to help the future of
GOCARE Inc. has been recognized as a model program by the Nicaragua Ministry of
Education for its adult education courses in reading and math, pre-school, day care,
computer instruction, English instruction and vocational training. Over the past 11 years,
the organization has helped more than 360 students graduate from GOCARE Inc.
programs on their way to college. With the core philosophy “Come Back to Give Back,”
students pursuing their college degrees are encouraged help mentor and lead their
peers through GO CARE’s programs.
To learn more about GOCARE, Inc.’s efforts and to make a difference, visit