Who We Are

Kari Williams – – Founder and Executive Director – Kari began Rio del Cambio in 2010 in response to a direct request from the village of Citalapa for improved education for the children. Since then it has grown organically based on the greatest immediate needs, and the requests and desires of the people. Kari has extensive experience in volunteer work and fundraising. Committed to human rights and social justice, Kari works hard to partner with the villagers to ensure long term, sustainable programs that will benefit as many as possible and is committed to:

  • transparency – showing how our organization functions openly and honestly to both the villagers and the supporters of Rio del Cambio
  • integrity and responsibility – recognizing the realities of the culture, natural, social and economic environment
  • respect for the people – in making decisions, and implementing actions and programs
Elias Gaitan Sotelo – Elias is Project Manger of Rio del Cambio. He was born and raised in Citalapa and has family that continue to live in the village. Elias is also the lay pastor of the church in the village. He is a kind and gracious man who understands the challenges of his culture, and is always willing to speak honestly about the cultural expectations and limitations. Currently, he lives in Managua with his wife and grown children but travels to Citalapa 2-3 times per week. He is also our driver when in Nicaragua.
Cesar Manzanarez – Cesar is our Translator and Guide. He was born and raised in the capital city of Managua, Nicaragua. Although he was raised only by his mother in an impoverished environment, he has worked hard to make the most of every opportunity presented to him. He taught himself English by watching American television and movies instead of roaming the streets. Cesar has a strong sense of duty to his mother and is eager to improve his life through hard work, dedication and a keen understanding of service to others. Currently, Cesar is completing a Business Administration degree from the local university.
Dino Iannuzzi – Website
We would like to express a very special thank you to Dino.  He has graciously donated his time and expertise to assist in developing our new website. With his support, we are now able to communicate to you about Rio del Cambio and the progress we continue to make “By Changing the Flow and Forever Changing Lives”.