SIGA is a 501(c)3 public charity. Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. Financial contributions by check may be sent to:SIGA Ministry Partners, Inc. P.O. Box 928 Troy, VA 22974 As you consider supporting this ministry, the following are our funding needs and current project initiatives:
Special Initiatives (funded by designated gifts).
Indigenous Scholarships for Rama Nation youth in Nicaragua–$400 per year per student.
SIGA’s scholarships make the dream of a college education a reality for indigenous youth. These scholarships pay registration, boat fare to/from campus, and a small stipend for supplies.
Welcoming the Stranger Project–$37 per individual. provide emergency humanitarian aid to asylum seekers who have been released from detention centers and who must travel to stay with sponsors while they await final determination on their asylum claims. Working alongside grassroots organizations we volunteer time to welcome and provide basic items (food, water, hygiene items, cellphone external batteries, etc.) to make the journey easier. At a cost of less than $40 per individual, this is an affordable and practical way to show compassion and “welcome the stranger” (Matthew 25:35). With a goal to help 1,500 individuals, we need to raise $50,000.
Christmas Outreach–every year since 2005, SIGA has celebrated Navidad with children and their families in Central America. We provide small gifts and school supplies to children 12 and under to children in as many as 10 pueblos in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. In 2020 we also began to work with churches in Mexico who have opened their doors to shelter asylum seekers. We provide funds for special Christmas celebrations, including gifts, blankets, and meals.
Operating Budget–goal $17,000
The operating budget keeps the boat afloat and our 4WD vehicle’s tank full and in working condition, covers operating expenses such as electricity, water, mowing, and maintenance, real estate taxes, and ministry supplies. This is what sustains the day-to-day ministries.
Previously Funded Projects
Arbolitos Library & Learning Center building–$20,000
The Learning Center hosts a library, a computer lab, classroom, and is open for community activities. From boat mechanics, to masonry, to children’s workshops, the facility provides a place where events take place.
Arbolitos Guest House–$12,000
Our three-bedroom guesthouse welcomes teams from the USA, and occasionally provides shelter for local visitors as well.
Indian River Indigenous Mission Church–$20,000
Along the southern Caribbean coast of Nicaragua a group of Native Americans struggle to survive. A mostly English-speaking community, they have not had a church of their own until now. The church officially opened its doors in 2017.
Community Library Projects–$1,000 per community
Initiatives in small villages to improve access to learning in other communities.
Please visit the “Ministries” section of the website for additional information on these initiatives. For further information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.