Location: Ciudad Sandino Setting: Urban Established: 1993

Subject Areas

Website: http://www.cecim-ni.org/
Community Development: Community Empowerment, Social Work
Health: Prevention of High-Risk Behavior, Assistance to victims of social violence
Human Rights: Child Advocacy, Social Justice, Legal Assistance
Microfinance: Micro-credit, Small Business Management, Lending Groups
Youth and Education: Counseling, Trauma, Development Interventions, Technical Vocational Training, Tradiational Academic Training

Organization Objective:
CECIM is a foundation representative of the community of Ciudad Sandino. It is a foundation of Christian inspiration that works to promote the human development of the community. CECIM develops a work strategy that reinforces the capacities of the community to promote community participation in starting up its own development. It is a true believer in asset-based community development. They are a team that possesses a lot of experience in educational work, and they are committed to bringing quality education to all individuals that seek it. Throughout its many programs, CECIM touches the lives of 10,000 clients each year. The objectives of CECIM include

  • Contribute to the integral human development of the community and to raise its standard of living through programs and projects of formative education
  • Develop the vocational and labor skills of its clients
  • Promote activities that boost the social, moral, spiritual, cultural, economic, and intellectual health of the community.
  • Successfully finance start-up businesses through their Microfinance Revolving Fund

Program Information

Social Formative Education (Adult Education and Los Quinchos)
CECIM carries out the education of illiterate adults or adults with only a basic education in order to boost the development of values, advance respect for human rights, and promoting the social transformation of those who go through the program. The goal is to educate adults so that they can successfully integrate themselves into society and be productive citizens.

CECIM also has a program called Los Quinchos, which is a space in which kids, adolescents, and young adults can develop skills that will help them in the future. Developing their abilities, they learn work techniques in the areas of painting, dance, theater, etc. Additionally, there are classes of family formation among the parents and their children.CECIM also gives scholarships to certain students to pursue a formal education and successfully integrate themselves into the work force.

Opportunities

  • Assist in adult education classes, constructing educational materials, helping adults with homework, etc.
  • Develop materials that can be used to assist adults in learning how to read and write
  • Assist in Los Quinchos and give a class on the importance of staying in school
  • Assist in grant-writing and fundraising to maintain the scholarship program offered by CECIM

Intern Requirements

  • Intermediate or Advanced Spanish
  • A desire to be open to all persons and possess the values of patience and compassion
  • Respect for all clients involved
  • Motivation and the ability to work in a team atmosphere is necessary

Academic Area

The Academic Area consists of programs in vocational job training, as well as formal education assistance. There are two centers: Centro de Estudios Administrativos Angel de La Guarda and Centro Educativo Hermana Maura Clarke.
In the first education center, the education area receives youth, women, and workers of the community in general. Courses are taught in computer operations, mechanics, English, sewing, bakery skills, carpentry, electrical assistance, making piñatas, cosmetics, and weldering.
In Centro Educativo Maura Clarke, education is brought to children in pre-school, primary school, and secondary school. The educational services are not a replacement to the Ministry of Education’s public schools, but rather a supplement that helps keeps students interested and inspired. Classes are taught on English, painting, theater, dance, and agriculture.

Opportunities:

  • Assist in different classes as the ability of the intern dictates.
  • Develop a series of computer classes using Microsoft Word, Excel, or Powerpoint to further the skills of CECIM’s clients.
  • Assist in any of the English classess
  • Teach classes on business or enterprise if the intern has a background in that area
  • Teach a special series of classes on a topic not offered by CECIM of which an intern has special knowledge.

Requirements

  • Intermediate or Advanced Spanish
  • A desire to be open to all persons and possess the values of patience and compassion
  • Respect for all clients involved
  • Motivation and the ability to work in a team atmosphere is necessary

The Revolving Fund

The Revolving Fund is a micro-finance initiative that offers loans to mostly women, but men also, that complete a course on business management and submit an idea to begin their own business. Currently, there are 560 participants in the program. Loans have ranged from $30 to $6000. The program works with women who have been divorced and left with nothing, among other individuals. Classes on personal development as well as business are taught. About 76% of the clients are women, and 24% of the clients are men.

Opportunities

  • Develop a series of workshops on accounting, budgeting, and record-keeping to help the clients of the fund have successful businesses.
  • Develop profiles of the businesses to assist in searches for fundraising to augment the fund’s impact.
  • Offer assistance and support to those who have begun businesses using the fund.
  • Develop classes on personal development
  • Give a series of classes on business development if the intern has a background in business.

Requirements

  • Intermediate or Advanced Spanish
  • A desire to be open to all persons and possess the values of patience and compassion
  • Respect for all clients involved
  • Motivation and the ability to work in a team atmosphere is necessary

Casa de Paz (House of Peace)

This is a new program started by CECIM with the assistance of El Ministerio de La Familia. It is for child victims of violence. For example, the Casa de Paz recently receive a child whose father killed his mother. Treatment is provided for children who have experienced trauma. There are currently 8 children in the Casa de Paz, but a total of 20 have passed through the house. There are 2 psychologists available in the house, as well as educators. The students have the opportunity to study in Centro Educativo Maura Claud.

Opportunities:

  • Help the children involve themselves in the activities of Centro Educativo Maura Clarke if they desire to participate.
  • Offer children support by listening, playing, and relaxing with them, and being their friend.

Requirements

  • Intermediate or Advanced Spanish
  • A desire to be open to all persons and possess the values of patience and compassion
  • Respect for all clients involved
  • Motivation and the ability to work in a team atmosphere is necessary

Program Supervisor

Hermana Isabel Sánchez Nuñez (phone number 505-2269-7214) is the Director of CECIM and will be the primary intern supervisor. She is a social worker and teacher that has 30 years of experience working with educational programs. She has worked with the Ministry of Education and has worked with CECIM since its opening in 1990 and its legal incorporation in 1993.

Working Conditions

The CECIM facilities are well-equipped with large spaces for teaching classes and hosting performances. The administrative offices are equipped with desks, chairs, computers, air-conditioning, and many modern conveniences such as a coffee maker. Centro Eduativo Maura Clarke is located just across the street from the administrative offices. There are several centers of work which interns will learn of in their internship. CECIM is located in Ciudad Sandino, close to the municipal market and mayor’s office.

Organizational Background

CECIM, with a background grounded in Christian values, promotes and re-inforces integral human development in the community of Ciudad Sandino with the end goal of bettering the standard of living with the promotion of educative processes, cultural and democratic awareness to promote the peace and human rights of society. Contributing to this involves constructing a community that is modern, strong, and united. CECIM strives to develop a professional atmosphere in the community, creating productivity in social, political, economic, cultural, and spiritual areas. CECIM commits itself to social service to the population, facilitating a process of community development that benefits those most in need and that promotes social justice.
Since its official legal incorporation in 1994, CECIM has been working with any community member that wishes to participate. CECIM touches the lives of 10,000 lives each year and is continually expanding. It has a variety of programs meant to strengthen the community health of Ciudad Sandino.

About CECIM’s Clients

CECIM clients range anywhere from children to adults of 70 years of age. Many are illiterate and are just learning to read and write. Many of their clients come from the poorest areas of Ciudad Sandino.