The Ventura-based nonprofit organization provides programs to help Nicaraguans out of
poverty into a bright, successful future
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PRLog (Press Release) – Jul 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.
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 our children.”
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 www.gocarekids.org.