ANF was founded by F. Alfredo Pellas, Jr., Theresa Pellas and Fr. Leon Pallais, S.J., to mitigate the effects of poverty in Nicaragua. In 1992, ANF was registered as a non-profit tax-exempt organization under the IRS code 501(c)3. In its first year of operation, ANF distributed food, medicines, educational materials and clothing. Since then, the number, value and quality of contributions secured and distributed by ANF has grown, as has the number of organizations and individuals who benefit from their support.
In 1998, the organization experienced tremendous growth and challenges. In October, 1998, Hurricane Mitch devastated Nicaragua, destroying homes, communities and families. In response, ANF distributed 273 containers of food, medicine, clothing, and other aid worth US$53.2 million; more than double the amount of aid it had donated the previous year.
In the 2000s, ANF expanded its focus to include cash investments for community development projects, including housing, water, and sanitation. Convinced that sustainable poverty reduction requires a holistic development approach, ANF then entered into agriculture and small-scale economic development projects.
Today, ANF is Nicaragua’s leading relief and development organization. Since its founding, ANF has distributed over 6,000 ocean freight containers of aid valued at more than US$1.6 billion. This aid has supported a vast network of organizations across Nicaragua that works directly with the poor and vulnerable.
We fully recognize that poverty is complex and multi-faceted. As such, combatting it requires dynamic and integrated solutions. This is why ANF takes a holistic approach to poverty alleviation, working across the relief-development spectrum in the areas of housing, healthcare, nutrition, education, water, sanitation, agriculture, and humanitarian assistance.
The vast majority of our ANF’s work is built on a partnership model. Our local partners are essential to our mission. They allow us to reach remote areas, build relationships with those who we serve, and deepen our impact.
ANF’s institutional mission is to acquire directly or through strategic partners the necessary resources to contribute substantially and sustainably with the objective of reducing the impact of poverty in the lives of the most vulnerable population in Nicaragua; providing, without a profit, these resources to their beneficiaries, in an efficient, effective and transparent manner, with the assistance of a network of local partners.
We envision a Nicaragua with greater opportunities, self-sufficiency and dignity for the poorest sectors of the population.