RSS Feed

CVCC Launches “Make a House a Home” Campaign to Furnish Centro Juvenile Nho Djunga’s Newly Renovated Boy’s Dormitory


The Cape Verde Children Coalition is proud to announce the launch of our “Make a House a Home” campaign, which aims to raise $50,000 in order to completely furnish the newly renovated boy’s dormitory at the Nho Djunga center.

Currently, the 18 boy’s living in Nho Djunga are forced to live in conditions that seem more institutional than a home environment.  CVCC and ICCA believe that every child deserves a dignified, safe, and comfortable environment to live in.  It is our charge to make this a reality for the children at Nho Djunga and the furnishing of the center is a first, tangible step towards this goal.

With the boy’s dormitory almost completely renovated (see photo’s below), we now need to furnish the center.  CVCC wants our project to not only benefit the children of Nho Djunga but also the local communities we work in.  Therefore, CVCC has committed to having all furniture constructed locally by Cape Verdean carpenters. Additionally, CVCC and ICCA are working to identify ways of the boy’s themselves helping in the construction of their own furniture.

Our campaign sets out to provide each resident of Nho Djunga with a new bedframe, mattress, wardrobe, nightstand, and more.  Additionally your support will provide safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and smoke detectors.  The most exciting elements of the campaign for the children are two fully furnished recreation/study rooms.  These will be furnished with comfortable sofas, game tables, a television, and desks and materials for studying.  We aim to make this space the ‘living room’ for our residents to help transform this facility into a home.
We ask you to help us in reaching our goal of providing the children of Nho Djunga a safe and nurturing environment to live in.

Your donation will make a difference in the lives of these children and is crucial step in transforming Nho Djunga into a center of excellence.

Please donate at or send a check or money order made out to CVCC 281 Summer St. Boston MA 02210 note “Nho Djunga” in the memo.  On behalf of CVCC and the children of Nho Djunga Thank you!!!!

 Click on Photo Below to Make Your Donation



Current Furniture at Nho Djunga

Model Bedroom Furniture To Be Produced in Cape Verde


A CVCC Lança Campanha para Mobiliar o Recém Renovado Dormitório de Rapazes no Centro Juvenil Nho Dunga

A CVCC Lança Campanha para Mobiliar o Recém Renovado Dormitório de Rapazes no Centro Juvenil Nho Dunga

A Cape Verde Children Coalition tem orgulho em anunciar a campanha “Fazer de uma Casa um Lar”, que tem como objetivo angariar $50,000 a fim de mobiliar completamente o recém-renovado dormitório de rapazes no Centro Juvenil Nho Djunga.

Atualmente os 18 rapazes que vivem no Nho Djunga são forçados a viver em condições que são mais institucionais do que o ambiente doméstico. Mudar esta situação é o nosso objetivo. A CVCC e a ICCA acreditam que cada criança merece um ambiente digno, seguro e confortável para viver. É o nosso objetivo fazer disso uma realidade.

Com o dormitório dos rapazes quase completamente renovado (veja as fotos abaixo), precisamos agora mobiliar o centro. A CVCC quer que o nosso projeto beneficie não só as crianças do Nho Djunga, mas também as comunidades locais onde trabalhamos. Portanto, a CVCC se comprometeu a fazer todos os móveis em Cabo Verde, pelos carpinteiros Cabo-Verdianos. Além disso, a CVCC e a ICCA estão tentando encontrar modos para que os rapazes do centro possam eles próprios construir os seus próprios móveis.

A nossa campanha propõe prover a cada residente do Nho Djunga uma cama nova, colchão, guarda-roupa, mesa-de-cabeceira e muito mais. Além disso o seu apoio irá fornecer equipamentos de segurança como extintores e detetores de fumaça. O elemento mais interessante desta campanha para as crianças são duas salas de recriação/estudo, completamente mobiliados. Serão decoradas com sofás confortáveis, mesa de jogos, televisão, secretárias e materiais para estudar. Temos como objetivo fazer deste espaço a “sala de estar” dos nossos residentes.

Pedimos-lhe para que nos ajude a alcançar o nosso objetivo de proporcionar as crianças do Nho Djunga um ambiente seguro e acolhedor para se viver. A sua doação é uma forma concreta de fazer a diferença na vida dessas crianças e é um passo crucial para a transformação do Nho Djunga num centro de excelência.

Por favor, faça a sua doação em ou envie para a CVCC 281 Summer St. Boston MA 02210 anota “Nho Djunga” no memorando. Em nome da CVCC e das crianças do Nho Djunga, muito obrigado!!!!   

Faça a Sua Doação Agora

Faça a Sua Doação Agora

Dormitório de Rapazes a Esquerda


Mobilia Atual

Modelos de Mobilias Propostas para os Quartos

Babson College Magazine Features CVCC

CVCC and its founder David Nadelman were featured in an article in the Babson Magazine.  The article talks about the CVCC project and its early stage development at Babson College. 

David Nadelman is a 2012 MBA graduate who leads CVCC in Boston and Cape Verde.  Click to read the article and contact David Nadelman directly at if you are interested in learning more or getting involved with CVCC.


A Search for Purpose

Peace Corps veteran David Nadelman, MBA’12, with his Cape Verde host familyPeace Corps veteran David Nadelman, MBA’12, with his Cape Verde host family and (below) with children at a child services agency.
Photos courtesy of David Nadelman

At first, David Nadelman, MBA’12, tried film. Having majored in film production at the University of New Orleans, he worked in the Crescent City on the sets of rap videos, commercials, and movies such as Ray and Monster’s Ball.

Unfortunately, the world of film proved unfulfilling. Nadelman’s job as a production assistant, or essentially a gofer, didn’t help. If stars needed a drink of water, he would grab them one, and dealing with those stars meant dealing with their egos. During the shoot forRunaway Jury, the crew was told not to look actor Gene Hackman in the eye.

Nadelman knew he needed a change after working 72 hours on a soda ad. “It was a 30-second commercial targeting kids to drink Mountain Dew,” he says. “I realized that what I put out into the world had to be more meaningful.” Wanting to help people in some way, Nadelman began a search for a new path for his life, a search that eventually took him far from his home.

Nadelman first joined AmeriCorps, becoming a volunteer coordinator in 2003 at the Boston Rescue Mission, an organization caring for the poor and homeless. He next shipped out with the Peace Corps in 2005 and was stationed in Cape Verde, an island country off the west coast of Africa. He worked there for the Institute of Cape Verdean Children and Adolescents, or ICCA, an agency caring for abandoned, neglected, and abused children.

These were children in horrific situations. “There were a lot of difficult days,” says Nadelman. A child once came to ICCA whose father, an alcoholic electrician, had burned him with electrical wires. “That will never leave my mind,” Nadelman says. Funding also was a problem. The ICCA often ran out of basic supplies like diapers or faced days without lights because it couldn’t pay the electrical bill. “There was a lack of resources,” he says. “When I first got there, I was shocked.”

Despite the challenges, Nadelman found the Peace Corps slogan, “The toughest job you’ll ever love,” to be true for him. When his two-year tour was over, he didn’t leave. “I care about Cape Verde,” he says. “It sunk deep into me.” Realizing that tourism was a growing industry, he founded an English-language school for those who interact with tourists.

Then in 2008, Nadelman finally decided to return home. His mother, Patricia, was suffering from breast cancer. When he sold his share of the business, though, he made a promise to himself: “One day, I will find a way to bring American resources back to Cape Verde.” In the meantime, he landed a job, admittedly one he didn’t care much about, in the insurance industry.

As his mother battled cancer, she and Nadelman shared deep conversations about life and the choices she made. Like many people, she had worked hard and looked forward to retirement as a time when, finally, she would have the freedom to do what she wanted. But then came cancer and the hard lessons it teaches, so she told Nadelman to live life to the fullest. Don’t wait to chase your dreams.

Patricia passed away in 2010. She was 64. “That shook me,” Nadelman says. Taking her message to heart, he promptly quit his job in insurance. “I would never have been successful doing something I didn’t care about,” he says. Enrolled at Babson since 2009, Nadelman returned his attention to Cape Verde. He developed a business plan for raising the level of care for children at ICCA and searched for a partner organization to help make that plan a reality. He ultimately convinced four staff members of Needham’s Justice Resource Institute, a wide-ranging human services organization, to fly with him to the country and see conditions on the ground. He felt so strongly about their involvement that he paid their travel expenses. “They fell in love with the place,” he says.

The end result is the Cape Verde Children’s Coalition, a partnership between the institute and the ICCA that will perform various projects, including renovating a center for abused boys, building a similar center for girls, expanding educational programming, and establishing a training program for adults who care for the children. Nadelman also started an initiative with Babson’s Bernon Center for Public Service that will allow students to travel to Cape Verde and assist with the coalition. As the new coalition’s program director, Nadelman returns to Cape Verde in early 2013.

Looking back on his English-language venture, Nadelman admits he lacked adequate business skills. That’s changed with his MBA. To help others coming out of the Peace Corps, he worked with Babson staff to make the school a participant in the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which gives scholarships to Peace Corps veterans attending graduate school. “My MBA was a ticket to doing new things in my life,” he says. —John Crawford

Essential Medical Care for Vulnerable Cape Verdean Children

CVCC is proud to announce that during the month of August we were able to conduct full medical evaluation on more than 40 vulnerable children living in two different shelters on the island of Sao Vicente. 

Our evaluations kicked off with Dr. Anibal Melo, one of CVCC’s earliest supporters, conducting complete medical evaluations on all of the boys aged 10-18 living inside of Centro Juvenile Nho Djunga.  These evaluations included hearing, vision, vital signs, and basic health indicators.  Dr. Anibal found some challenges that existed amongst many of the boys.  Most noticeably many of the boys were very small for their age, which signals a history of malnutrition.  Additionally, many of the boys still wet their beds, which can signal a history of trauma.  For children and adolescents who were found to need additional treatment CVCC covered the cost of medicine and also seeing specialists.

CVCC also funded medicine and medical evaluations for the children who live in the Centro Emergenica Infantile (Children Emergency Center).  These children between the ages of 0-12 were also given complete check ups and evaluations, which were conducted by a local pediatrician Dr. Zuelica.  Most of the children from the CEI were infected with skin diseases and other bacterial infections given the overcrowding and lack of space for the children at the center. Medicine was provided to help with all found infections and illnesses.  

CVCC thanks Dr. Melo and Dr. Zulieca for taking the time and energy to conduct evaluations on the children of Cape Verde.  CVCC was able to take this information and begin to understand the baseline from which we are starting in terms of health information.  





JRI Evaluation Specialist Conducts Study of Nho Djunga

The Justice Resource Institute (JRI) is a diverse social service organization with many departments and programs.  JRI is well known for it works with youth, the developmentally disabled, individuals living with HIV, and homeless client services.  One such program is called Realize Resources.  This organization, led by James Figueiredo, provides trainings and capacity building services to other organizations.  Some of these organizations include state, federal, and other nations’ governments. 

Realize Resources recently created a national training for HIV workers in South Africa which has been adopted federally and made mandatory for all HIV service providers in the country.  One of the lead investigators and curriculum developers, Lynley Rappaport, was selected by JRI to conduct a thorough evaluation of the Nho Djunga center.  Over the course of ten days, Ms. Rappaport was able to see ICCA’s best practices and learn about the philosophical underpinnings of ICCA and the childcare professionals of Cape Verde. 

Ms. Rappaport was then able to enter Centro Juvenille Nho Djunga where she worked with staff and clients to understand what was working and where the gaps were inside of the shelter.  Ms. Rappaport’s approach to working with our Cape Verdean partners was to embed herself and conduct informal interviews.  Through formal and informal interviews, Ms. Rappaport was able to begin a the process of building a training curriculum for the Nho Djunga staff but also create a framework for programming which can be adopted by Nho Djunga. 

We are thrilled to have Ms. Rappaport work with us and help us shape the future of the lives of vulnerable children who are living and will live in Nho Djunga. 


Dr. Melo and CVCC Advisory Board Member Visit Nho Djunga

Dr. Anibal Melo and Carlos Almeida both made the trip to Cape Verde in order to visit family and see Centro Juvenille Nho Djunga first hand.  During their tour of the center they were able to connect directly with the children, listen to the staff about challenges, and begin to understand the massive potential of this project.

In addition to seeing the center, both men met with Jandir Oliveiia who gave them a real-time evaluation of the struggles for vulnerable Cape Verdean youth who typically end up in the shelter system. 

Nho Djunga currently serves 18 boys who come to the center due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment.  The Cape Verde Children’s Coalition is dedicated to improving the conditions inside of the Nho Djunga center while also focusing on expanding services to include day programs and residential services for young girls and female teens who have no residential services available to them. 

Bringing dedicated supporters of CVCC to Cape Verde is an honor and a pleasure for our organization.  If you are a supporter of the work we are doing and would like to visit our pilot program please reach out to us directly.  If you would like to learn more about our program and objectives, please visit our website at or email us at

US Ambassador to Cape Verde Adrienne O’Neal Visits CVCC’s Pilot Project in Sao Vicente


On August 25, CVCC was honored to have the US Ambassador to Cape Verde visit our pilot program site, Centro Juvenille Nho Djunga.  Last December CVCC and ICCA (Institute of Cape Verdean Children and Adolescents) had the opportunity to meet the Ambassador and explain our ambitious project for the children of Cape Verde.  Nearly nine months later the Ambassador was able to visit our project while she was in the area for a conference. 

The Ambassador was led through CVCC’s pilot program Nho Djunga by our partner Jandir Oliveira, the delegate for ICCA in Sao Vicente.  The ambassador and her staff were thrilled to see the progress on the renovations for the boys’ dormitory.  She was also excited by the continued development of the Cape Verde Children’s Coalition and our participation in a two-week visit and evaluation of the center. 

 We are grateful for such wonderful support from the US Embassy in Cape Verde and look forward to continuing to work together in the future to help improve the lives of Cape Verde’s most vulnerable children. 



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.