Why we do it

“The three greatest changes in my community since Raleigh arrived have been that the people are now aware of the importance of looking after themselves and the community around them. Resources will not last forever. That young people are now engaged and have been given an opportunity to empower themselves, and that women in the community now have a voice. They are much more involved in hygiene at home and speak up on community matters.”

– Yunerlin Moreno Valle, a community member from Las Brisas, Nicaragua

We couldn’t sum it up better ourselves.

People worldwide face many barriers to creating change. And solutions to change must balance economic, environmental and social needs to be sustainable. In many cases this requires new ways of thinking and doing.

A stunning green landscape of Nicaragua, sun rays shine through some trees

We believe that when local communities and young people work side by side to create positive change, it empowers them. And it’s the energy and motivation of empowered people that creates lasting change.

Why young people?

There are 1.8 billion young people in the world today. They are the most important resource the world has yet they are often undervalued, underestimated and expected to underachieve. We’re working to change that.

We believe that young people are the generation that has the energy, optimism and creativity to make change happen. And they are open to new ways of thinking and doing. Raleigh has over 30 years of experience of tapping into young people’s potential to inspire and empower them.

“I have talked to people in the communities who say that they are inspired by volunteers coming to their community to work. They say to me, ‘Why shouldn’t I work for the welfare of my community if they are?’ They see the passion and vocation in it. It inspires them to do more.”

– Ignacio Moreno, local project partner liaison, Cooperativa Juan Francisco Paz Silva, Nicaragua

“There is nothing that young people cannot do. They are more adaptable than older people, keen to learn, like sponges that absorb lots of knowledge. They are quick to train and passionate about engaging in communities.”

– Yahoska, Team leader, Nicaragua

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