Puente Nica supports the Transparent Civil Society Initiative, which advocates transparency in the work of non-profit organizations. Below you will find important information about Puente Nica in ten points: Our goals, the sources of our financial resources and how they are used.



1. General information


Name: Puente Nica e.V. - Educational and cultural association for the German-Nicaraguan exchange.


Year of foundation: 2012


Registered office: Schulstr. 7, 71292 Friolzheim


Postal Address: Simon Hempel, Goethestr. 32, 14482 Potsdam



2. Statutes and goals


You can download our statutes here (German).


Puente Nica eV wants to improve access to education for marginalized people from Nicaragua. We are currently focussing our work on the following areas:


1. Initiation as well as financial and personal support of educational and cultural projects in Nicaragua (among others we support three library projects)

2. Awarding school and university grants to talented and socially committed Nicaraguans with a financially weak background. We are currently supporting ten scholarship holders.

3. Promotion of intercultural exchange. We organize voluntary services for Nicaraguans in Germany and for Germans in Nicaragua to promote mutual bilateral understanding.



3. Nonprofit

Our latest non-profit notification can be downloaded here (German).



4. Board


Decisions in accordance with the Articles of Association or Articles of Association can be made jointly by two of the following persons:


Sarah Schmidt (1st Chair) - (at)

Leonie Hafen (2nd Chair) - l.hafen (at)
Simon Hempel (Treasurer) - s.hempel (at)

Anja Vigenschow (Secretary) - a.vigenschow (at)

Lea-Sophie Kern (Press officer) - l.kern (at)



5. Activity / annual reports


Our current activity / annual reports can be downloaded here:


Annual report 2019 (English translation: text only)

Annual report 2019 (German)

Annual report 2020 (German)

Annual report 2021 (German)



We will also be happy to provide you with the previous activity reports on request.


Here you will also find the current minutes for the last Annual General Meeting.

You can find the minutes of the Annual Meeting 2020 here (German)



6. Personnel structure


Our association work is carried out exclusively by voluntary members. In addition to the five-member board, a number of currently 8 active members (2020) is involved in the association's work.



7. & 8. Origin and use of funds


All of our members work on a voluntary basis, so we can keep our administrative costs very low. Administrative costs (including administrative and advertising costs)  are covered exclusively by membership fees, no donations are used for this. 100% of donations go to our statutes. Here (German) you can get an overview of our use of funds and the source of funds. You can find an overview of all institutions that have supported us here



9. Company law connection with third parties





10. Grants that make up more than 10 % of total annual income

In 2021 we received funding from the Development Cooperation Baden-Württemberg Foundation in the amount of EUR 19.600 for the implementation of student housing for our scholarship holders (16 % of the total annual income). In addition we received EUR 60.208 from the 24 gute Taten (24 good deeds) non-profit organization for our scholarship programme including the student housing project (49 % of the total annual income)