A recent turn of events has me (Emily) expecting a baby and unable to live in Central America for three months during my first pregnancy. This leaves From the Ground Up with a huge need to get some hands on deck in Nicaragua as a Programs Assessment Coordinator! The position will be posted on idealist.org within the next two weeks!
It is a bittersweet time as I would love to travel and see the faces of some isolated and resilient Latino coffee farmers, but I am thrilled to open the amazing opportunity to others.
We are looking forward to hearing back from the IRS regarding our 501(c)3 status so that we can start fundraising, selling coffee, and gearing up our programs into full-throttle. In the mean time, From the Ground Up is excited to do an assessment of three communities that have been recommended to us as the most isolated and impoverished coffee farmers. This way, we will be able to understand what the community WANTS and NEEDS rather than assuming we know what's best. Hopefully, this will build a strong foundation of understanding, strong relationships, and open communication.
I'm looking forward to see what the rest of 2012 has in store! Please let us know if you know someone who would be an awesome Programs Assessment Coordinator:)