Origins of NITCA
During her first visit to Nicaragua in 1977, Rosa Capella, a member of the Methodist delegation, noted that there was poverty in the country, especially the reality lived by thestreets working children.
When Rosa Returned to Massachusetts U.S. She met her teacher Elsa Auerbach and she told her everything she saw in Nicaragua specially the streets working childrenand they began to dream together about what to do for them.
Later on they contacted Mr. Shock Mathei from Equity Trust, looking for a plan to help the childhood in Nicaragua.
They Started actions to build an organization to help the streets working childrenin Nicaragua. Meetings were held at Elsa´s Auerbach housewith Dick Harding (Rev. From the United Methodist Church), Shock Mathei and Rosa Capella.
Rosa Capella and Linda Copeland (English Donor) explained to the Millionaire Alan Shawn Feinstein their plan to help the streets working children in Nicaragua whom immediately agreed to help the children.
Finally, Rosa and Linda went to Nicaragua to ask the community what their most significant problem was. The Answer was HUNGER and Health problems that comes with the malnutrition. So,they wanted a dining room for the children.
After the meeting with the community, Rosa returned to U. S.A and she got U$ 3,000.00.Linda went to England and she got 7,000.00 English Pounds and finally Mr. Alan Shawn Feinstein gave U$ 10.000 in matching funds with Rosa and Linda for a grand total of U$ 20.000 for the construction of:
THE FIRST DINING ROOM FOR THE CHILDREN AT LAURELES SUR IN THE 6TH DISTRICT OF MANAGUA IN THAT TIME.
It´s important to mention that not only children eat at the Dining room but pregnant women,elderly, and homeless people eat at the dining room as well.
Pre-school equipment was donated by Elsa Auerbach after her home sale, she donated $5,000.00 dollars for the dining room for the children in the year 2000, which transformed into the first pre-school of the neighborhood Laureles Sur and from that date it has been sponsored by Alan Shawn Feinstein who proudly bears his name.
Historical Photos NITCA