The Association

San Marcos, Barrio La Cruz, dep. Carazo, Nicaragua- tel 00505 2535 2829 – email:

Founded in 1991 in Nicaragua by Zelinda Roccia, an Italian woman, the ’Los Quinchos’ project gives hospitality to abandoned and mistreated children. It has an articulate and dynamic structure based on the passionate work of around forty people counting educators, psychologists, craftsmen, assistants and administration personnel, all of whom are Nicaraguan. The project is supported by basic solidarity, through the Italian Committees and Associations of the Adda, of Bolzano, Brescia, Cagliari and Florence, whose volunteers are engaged in spreading the word about the project and promoting a culture of peace and solidarity between Nations. Enthusiastic contribution from volunteers and international groups from various Countries helps the Project grow, as a shared battle against injustice. The goal is to reinsert children in their own society offering them access to human rights they have been denied up to now: the right to a peaceful childhood and the knowledge of their rights and duty as future citizens.


Volunteer profile (Download the pdf file)

Anyone wishing to work as a volunteer in Nicaragua at Asociación Los Quinchos should be particularly motivated and aware of the complex issues related to the recovery and social rehabilitation of street and at-risk children.