Ayudanica was started as a service project at Holy Ghost Prep by Rob Buscaglia in the late 1990s. I got involved in year two. Eventually we established a nonprofit returning to the village of Monte Rosa with its sugar cane refinery. We established a library and computer center, trained American and Nicaraguan teens in running a variety of programs in the center — reading, photography, crafts, sports, intercultural activities. We also enjoyed meeting families and exploring the village and countryside. This is one of several photo essays I have published about the program. Here are some shots of the center we established and around the village.