Our Vision
We remain true to our original vision of supporting the neediest children of Nicaragua at CICRIN on Ometepe. Ometepe is an isolated island community in a country that is poor and politically and economically isolated. CICRIN exists to provide a children's center that addresses the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs of children of Ometepe and children from other parts of Nicaragua.  Special focus is given to children at risk. This provision is carried out under the context of Biblically based Christian values.  It also includes resources that support participation of short term mission teams.

To carry out our vision, 
We provide housing and food to children that have no other safe living environmental available.
We provide school services for nearly 100 children on Ometepe.
We support graduates who go on to advanced education.
We provide extended daily services to children who need care but can return to their families at night.


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The support of CICRIN is completely a "grass-roots" effort. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in this hemisphere. The need is very large, and our contributions go a long way. They make a big difference. 
"Friends of CICRIN" make monthly contributions, one-time contributions, support an individual child or fund an individual project. Additionally, there are organizations and churches who support CICRIN but more support is needed.  CICRIN is independent and is not supported by any one organization. Will you be a "friend to CICRIN"?

Our Staff
CICRIN is managed by Hellen Vindas, an exceptional woman from Costa Rica, who visited, saw a need and had her heart touched to remain and care for the children. With the exception of Hellen, the facility is entirely staffed by Nicaraguans and has the blessing of the Nicaraguan government, who sees it as an important vehicle to support the neediest Nicaraguan children.

Everyday it takes a group of dedicated individuals to provide for the children of CICRIN.  Pictured to the right is the staff of CICRIN.  This staff is composed of caregivers, house "tios" and "tias", cooks, teachers and administrators.

Our History
CICRIN began as a Protestant non-denominational children's home which has served the children of Nicaragua for over thirty years. It was founded in the 1970s by American missionaries who bought the land, established a vision and took in the neediest of the island children. It was closed during the Sandinista revolution when the Sandinistas co-opted the facility to use as a training base, but was returned to CICRIN at the close of the revolution. CICRIN is protestant, but non-denominational, being supported by individuals and Christians of all faiths - with the belief that by setting aside denominational nuances, that we can collectively work to make a real difference in the lives of children and of the Ometepe island community. 

Because the Nicaraguan government's goal is for children to remain with their families, CICRIN has adapted to meet the government's objectives and also offer physical and spiritual care for more children.  A transition process is underway that will expand the school with the goal of providing preschool through 12th grade and serving 280 children. A full time residence will also be provided for a small number of children who have no alternative for a safe home. 


Our services
We provide week-long residential care for approximately 12 children who are orphaned, abandoned, or have no safe place to live. These children receive:
  • a home of Christian love and support
  • proper clothing, food, and living care (including medical and dental care)
  • a safe environment (physically, emotionally, spiritually)
  • an education and vocational path to allow them to learn valuable trades or to attend a Nicaraguan university if appropriate
  • an exit strategy which allows them to become independent and contributing members of Nicaraguan society
In addition to the children who live at CICRIN, we provide extensive services to members of our community as we strive to become a holistic school and Prevention Center that serves hundreds of children on Ometepe. These services will include:
  • primary and secondary school education to as many as 280 children and youth
  • a Daily Prevention Center for 35 children who will attend until 5:00 PM and will receive academic and spiritual mentoring, computer and ESL training and other activities.
  • adult education in the English language
  • computer classes
  • sewing and music classes

Ometepe Island, Nicaragua