Foreigners use online financing for Nica projects • El Nuevo Diario

  • April 20, 2015

Typing “Nicaragua” in the search box of Kickstarter displays multiple responses. This website, which enables people around the world to finance projects and ideas, has allowed various solidarity initiatives published by foreigners to be conducted in Nicaragua.

Building an ecological art studio built with plastic bottles, a book with drawings by Nicaraguan children and a program of learning poetry and theater for children in Granada and León are some of the projects that are fully funded by the contributions of people in Kickstarter.

Photography in Potrerillos 
Jackie Munro is a photographer, filmmaker and educator who knew the community of Potrerillos in Boaco in 2008 as a volunteer organization Amigos de las Americas.

After establishing ties with the family with whom he stayed, traveled once more and then began to assemble your project. He got a little over a thousand dollars on Kickstarter and traveled a third time to take pictures and make photography classes for youth and children.

“My class was focused on his own behalf and have the confidence to tell their own story and pictures of young people were really powerful. Some of his images are very inns and beautiful, others are intimate and honest, “Munro said.

The money raised used it to buy some items for recording, disposable cameras for students of photography course and pay some of the passages.

A new bridge 
Continental Crossings is an organization of engineering students from the University of Iowa who travel during their vacation to developing countries to build bridges in rural communities. The last to be completed was in Cinta Verde, in Matagalpa.

They needed about $ 15,000 to build these bridges and though they received contributions from the municipality of Esquipulas, the organization Bridges to Prosperity and contributions that met the young volunteers, funding fell short by $2,000. Full funding was achieved thanks to the campaign created by the student Sóley Porsteinsdóttir on Kickstarter.

“The design and construction are easy compared to fundraising. Kickstarter is why it is so important. We also used it as advertising. So we found a college alumnus who is now training to be a mentor of the project, ” says Porsteinsdóttir.

Children’s Books 
A book featuring Nicaraguan children is another project that has raised more funds than through the online funding demanded.

“The Adventures of Deyla and Diego” are fiction books showing everyday situations of children living in rural areas of Nicaragua, to simultaneously entertain and help children develop critical thinking. The photos accompanying reading, show two Nicaraguan children living adventures in their community.

The American educator Kristina books Mundera developed after work in the community of Pueblo Nuevo and noticed that children in rural areas have no access to books.

Fundraising has been so positive that with the extra money they have been receiving educational purchased sets for teachers and children.

Not everything is social 
Although most projects that foreigners seeking to do in Nicaragua with funds received online are social, there are exceptions.

There are some initiatives seeking finance documentaries or films they want to do about Nicaragua and its people. 
A young Washington received $ 2.730 to travel to Nicaragua to take pictures of the people who live near volcanoes for six weeks.

An artist from Kansas scraped together $ 4.700 to visit Nicaragua and participate in a residence to learn about indigenous methods to create pots and ceramic water filtration.

What is Kickstarter?

OPPORTUNITY • A website online funding for creative projects. Since its launch in 2009 have raised funds for more than 83,000 initiatives.

For projects to get the money that has been donated to them, should achieve its goal in dollars. If not satisfied, do not get the money.

To date 44% of the ideas have achieved their funding goals.

Extranjeros usan financiamiento online para proyectos nicas • El Nuevo Diario.

The story linked-to above mentions 10 projects but I see 54! Here is the list of Nicaraguan projects.

This is definitely something new in the world of fundraising for projects, and though Kickstarter has been around for a few years now (since 2009) there are still lots of people who are not familiar with the concept. I think it is best put on the actual Kickstarter website:

1. Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.

We’re a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Since our launch in 2009, 8.4 million people have pledged more than $1.7 billion, funding 83,000 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now.

2. Each project is independently created.

The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control over and responsibility for their projects. Kickstarter is a platform and a resource; we’re not involved in the development of the projects themselves. Anyone can launch a project on Kickstarter as long as it follows our rules.

3. Together, creators and backers make projects happen.

Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. All-or-nothing funding might seem scary, but it’s amazingly effective in creating momentum and rallying people around an idea. To date, an impressive 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.

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