Our Story

“Be the change you wish to see” - Ghandi

Giving Back

Making a difference in our local communities

In 2009, the owners of Coco Loco Eco Resort founded the nonprofit organization Waves of Hope with the vision of helping to develop well educated, healthy and prosperous communities. Since inception, Waves of Hope has invested over $400,000 and countless volunteer hours into projects and initiatives focused on education, infrastructure, health care and environmental sustainability.

We are Waves of Hope

Progress through change

Our Vision

Educated, healthy and prosperous communities.

Our Mission

To improve the quality of life in our surrounding communities through strengthening local education, healthcare, infrastructure and environment.

Our Strategy

We live full time in these communities where we strive to make a difference. The people here have become our neighbours, our friends and our inspiration. Through constant engagement and communication, we are able to learn from those around us in order to prioritize what initiatives will make the greatest impact towards the health and prosperity of the community as a whole.

On the Ground Dedication to Our Projects

What makes Waves of Hope unique is our constant presence in the communities where we work. Many charity organizations do incredible work in areas of need; however, the problem is that when they leave, the projects are often left to deteriorate with no promise of sustainability or longevity. Without project oversight and ongoing maintenance, many communities do not have the means to keep these initiatives alive and well.

When you donate to Waves of Hope you are donating to a long term objective. We ensure that the school and infrastructure project we build are well looked after and maintained, and that our scholarship programs, environmental initiatives and health care programs are properly carried out and managed so that every penny goes towards the greater goal of building well educated, healthy and prosperous communities.

Completed Projects to Date

  • Building a Local High School
  • Clean Water Initiative
  • Scholarship Program
  • Francisco Laguna Elementary School Construction Project
  • Manzano Dos Elementary School Re-construction Project
  • Sea Turtle Hatchery and Conservation Program
  • Manzano Dos Primary School Re-construction Program
  • Extracurricular Programs – Arts (Visual, Dance, Music) and English Classes
  • Vocational Training Program
  • Ongoing School Maintenance Program
  • Youth Programs
  • Health Education Programs

The Future Direction for Waves of Hope

It is with heavy hearts that since April 2018 we have witnessed growing civil unrest in our beloved Nicaragua. What started as peaceful protests over social security changes quickly escalated into a nationwide movement when the government responded with violence against the protestors. Although the proposed changes were quickly rescinded, the unrest has continued across the country. Protestors have remained steadfast in their call for justice for those who have died, the resignation of the President, and the establishment of a democratic and peaceful Nicaragua.

The result of this repression, violence and instability has lead to a dramatic shift in an otherwise steady economic and sociopolitical growth. The number of job losses in the tourist sector alone is estimated at over 80,000, and with steep economic declines across the board in an already impoverished country, Nicaragua is currently in a very volatile situation.

It breaks our hearts to see this country that we have come to love so dearly in a state of turmoil. Through our previous projects and initiatives we have seen firsthand what dramatic impacts small changes can make to the lives of many people in our surrounding communities. In the light of these recent events we have decided to make a few changes in the prioritization of our efforts in Nicaragua. The principle focus will remain the same; however, we are hoping to extend the realm of our focus to ensure that basic human needs are being met during this difficult time. This includes but is not limited to

  • Access to food, shelter and clean water
  • Access to proper health care and emergency supplies
  • Support programs for mothers and children in need
  • Micro-financing initiatives and vocational training for alternative means of income