Seven years ago, weary of his civil litigation law practice, 31-year-old Jamie felt the need to get away and also to give back. He signed on to volunteer at a Nicaraguan orphanage, Nuestro Pequeños Hermanos (http://www.nph.org), where he spent over a year as an English teacher, soccer instructor, playmate and counsellor to over 400 Nicaraguan children.
As often happens in these situations, while living and working in Nicaragua Jamie fell in love, not just with Nicaragua but also with a Nicaraguan, Roxana. After a time, the two were married and they made the decision to stay in Nicaragua. Jamie had two long-time friends from Omaha who were excited about the opportunity to invest in Nicaragua. They helped provide not only financial support but also the emotional support needed for such an undertaking.
Jamie and LA OMAJA remain very philanthropic, investing in the local community of Merida by sponsoring sporting teams and events, supporting school activities and aiding in the development of local infrastructure, including potable water projects. Jamie also remains in contact with his friends at the orphanage, NPH. Tours of the orphanage and donations of materials can be arranged through LA OMAJA.
Jamie, Roxana, their children Christopher and Asa and their extended family are almost always on-site and happy to take the time to share their perspectives on Nicaraguan life, culture and politics.