After eight years of travel to Nicaragua through church missions trips and serving as director of development with our global partners at Stop Hunger Now, Chessney Barrick Pullen felt God calling her to do more to serve His children in Nicaragua. Being the strong woman of faith that she is, she took a gigantic risk of leaving a stable and successful career and venture out to start a non-profit organization to directly benefit children, families and communities in Nicaragua.
Chessney shares this in her Founder’s Story, “Each time I visited Nicaragua I had a different experience with a different child that left a lasting impression. I challenged myself to consider making a decision on how I was going to commit both professionally and personally to this cause. I went from thinking about it to doing it.”
In our first year of collaborative partnership, Fill the Bowls has partnered with ORPHANetwork to launch four communities serving over 300 children with life-changing holistic care through our Local Church Initiatives. Each of these communities are located in Matagalpa, one of the least food-secure regions of the country. Additionally, the organization has nourished 6,500 children through daily feeding programs in the region as well.
This past May, Chessney and Board of Directors Member, Lee Warren, made their first Fill the Bowls Discovery trip to Nicaragua. Our Nicaraguan staff provided a warm and enthusiastic welcome and they presented our strategic plans to break the cycle of poverty through nourishment, education and job skills training. Then they headed off to Matagalpa to engage with our partners and build relationships. Check out this trip summary to dive deeper into our collaborative partnership.