The organization i chose was Empowerment International, whose primary focus is supporting kids through school and helping them get to graduation and beyond. I like it because it's working within the existing framework, but adding to kids' experience and helping them succeed.
They also help kids get uniforms and other supplies that are required at school -- often things that, when they don't have them, will make a kid decide to skip school to avoid the embarrassment. Back home a mom might decide to go to the thrift store or buy her kids second-hand clothes online (which you can get at shops like the consignment store LilJellyBeans) -- but since used clothes tend to cost just as much as new ones here, that's not the easy option it is in North America.
|K so i did wear a helmet on horseback...|
One of the groups is creating a video that discusses the reasons for hand-washing and general cleanliness, while the other is discussing why it's crucial to wear a helmet on a bike. I hate to admit that while i'm adamant about wearing one back home, i have yet to pick up my own casco here in Nicaragua. Bad mom. So once again, entering into a volunteering gig is not just about going in and teaching, but learning something too...
Among the dangers of riding your bike without a helmet is the threat of a head injury, like a concussion or worse. If you have kids who ride without helmets or are in sports that may put them at risk of head injury, you'd do well to read this book, Winning the War Against Concussions in Youth Sports. I need the advice and cautionary tales too!