Who We Are


The CDCA is a family of people who care.

2017 JHC-CDCA gathering

The Center for Development in Central America is a project of the 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Jubilee House Community, Inc. The JHC, Inc., began its work in North Carolina in 1979. Since its inception, the organization’s focus has always been to address the needs of the poor.

early JHC-CDCA in Ciudad Sandino

In 1993, the Jubilee House Community, Inc. created the CDCA in cooperation with Nicaraguans. Located just west of Managua, Nicaragua’s capital, the Center for Development in Central America began to work on-site in 1994 by addressing the needs of both small rural farmers as well as poor neighborhoods surrounding the city of Ciudad Sandino. Ciudad Sandino is now one of the largest cities in Nicaragua and the most densely populated.

The CDCA is made up of:

    • An intentional community of people who share the name Jubilee House Community with the legal, non-profit organization. These people founded the CDCA and moved to Nicaragua in 1994. The core belief of members of the JHC is to make choices based on a preferential option for the poor. The Community has eleven members (eight adults and three children).
    • Nicaraguan members of the staff. Currently the CDCA has 32 people on staff: 25 are Nicaraguans and only seven are internationals. These Nicaraguans are the foundation of the CDCA.staff.
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Rosa speaking at fair trade conference

  • Nicaraguan leaders in their communities. As dedicated individuals and groups, these Nicaraguans share in the goal of working with and for the poor.
  • Volunteers who come from Nicaragua, the United States, and many other countries. Nicaraguan volunteers currently participate most extensively within the CDCA’s public health outreach program. Many of the international volunteers come to Nicaragua to help in the work. Others work on behalf of the projects from within their home countries.
  • A Board of Directors. The JHC, Inc. Board of Directors is all-volunteer.
  • Donate Now link for online givingDonors from all over the world, who help to fund the many projects, and who believe in the goal of empowering the poor around the world. These donors support the work through their financial contributions, giving of their time, and their in-kind contributions.

BNB volunteer and friend sized - photo Reynolds RisseeuwThe CDCA is many people – both in Nicaragua and throughout the world – who care.