ADIC was founded in May of 1991 to continue work in health and community participation that had been started by the Sandinistas, but that was not a priority for the new government.
Initially, ADIC’s mission was to initiate socially beneficial projects that would improve the quality of life for people living in extreme poverty, with the idea that these same people would maintain these benefits. ADIC’s immediate objective was to work on the principle health problems in the communities, with a focus on prevention, participation, and integration. The organization’s purpose was defined without ideology, but with a methodology of work based on “investigation-action.”
From the beginning, ADIC did not limit its focus to only urban areas, but established its coverage to the entire Department of Matagalpa. It did, however, for the first ten years, prioritize its work in the city of Matagalpa, as there were several communities on the periphery of the city with levels of extreme poverty. These days, most of ADIC’s projects take place in rural communities in the area surrounding the city.
ADIC’s initial objectives were:
- To perform participatory investigations about social, economic, and cultural phenomenon, with an emphasis on women and children.
- To raise awareness within the community about health problems.
- To support, financially and with human resources, the process of community development.
- To coordinate with other social and political development organizations with common goals.
For a list in Spanish of all the projects that ADIC has implemented, see our currículum.