In January 2003
Michael Boudreau and Ana Narvaez began working full-time as Compas de Nicaragua’s Executive Director and Project Coordinator, respectively.
In October 2003
Compas was able to purchase a piece of land near the settlement and build the WIA Community Center. The center now includes a community store, activity room, community kitchen, school room, library and computer room.
WIA have organized several health, education and income generating programs from the center. The programs have succeeded in dramatically improving community health and nutrition, providing educational opportunities for adults and children, and offering sources of income for families.
Compas has organized over 100 service trips to Nicaragua. Trips include groups from high schools, universities, churches, and organizations. The service trips provide opportunities for individuals to volunteer in Nicaragua and to experience life the way the extremely poor experience it. Participants live with host families, actively participate by working side by side Nicaraguans on projects, meet with various organizations, visit places of interest, and learn about the culture, history, and current issues affecting Nicaragua.
All service trips are led by Compas’ Executive Director, Michael Boudreau and Project Coordinator, Ana Narvaez.
Compas has also organized five dance tours that have brought WIA members to the U.S. to carry out traditional dance, promote programs, and educate audiences about Nicaragua.
In June 2005
Compas purchased a house in La Primavera to be used as a visitor center. The visitor center includes 4 guest rooms, kitchen and dining area, a project office, and garage.
Compas began supporting sustainable living projects through the Brothers and Sisters Farming Cooperative (BSR) in La Paz, Carazo, a small, rural town southwest of Managua. Compas is helping the members of BSR by finding outlets for sales of their organic coffee, providing them with micro-loans for the growing season, and installing bio-digester systems that convert animal manure to cooking gas.