About Beauty for Ashes (Nicaragua)

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Our heart is for trash dump communities. The founder of the Nicaragua base, Kara Westermann, met Jesus for the first time in the trash dump in Managua in 2008 and in 2013 she moved to Nicaragua full time to begin working in the trash dumps. Currently our missionaries live and work in two separate trash dumps in Nicaragua.

The first is in the capital of Managua. We have a children’s home there full of amazing teenagers who grew up in the trash dumps and in gangs. This home is where we host small groups of volunteers as well as weekly worship nights as a big family. It also serves as our after school program for the children from the La Chureca trash dump who are part of our scholarship program called Children With Destiny.

Our second location is beside the trash dump known as Nueva Vida in the town outside of Managua called Ciudad Sandino. We build new homes throughout this community for those living in plastic houses. We have an after-school program in this trash dump as well and food distribution to the elderly and to the families working in the dump. This location will be our location for our large future base that will include our church, children’s school, baby house, vocational programs, missionary housing and harvest school training.