Consejo de Iglesias Evangelicas Pro Alianza Denominacional (CEPAD)
CEPAD, Council of Evangelical Churches for Denominational Alliance, was established as an ecumenical effort in response to the crisis caused by the 1973 earthquake that destroyed Managua. After serving for more than 15 years as an ecumenical, humanitarian-aid, and development agency, in recent years CEPAD became the council of protestant churches. CEPAD has a unique strategy for supporting vulnerable communities in Nicaragua. It is a process of partnership with village organizations—pastoral committees and collectives—for a cycle that lasts 5 years from start to finish. CEPAD is able to partner with 40 to 50 communities in each 5-year term. The aim is to share expertise, encouragement and resources in a manner that creates self-sufficiency and sustainability after 5 years of accompaniment.