The Nienna Fund has been established in honor of Christopher Alan Engle, our beloved son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.
As you know, Chris was a man of big, novel ideas and an even bigger heart. Having studied International Economics, Chris had a profound empathy for those less fortunate and an enormous love for animals. It was his dream to make a global impact. We ask you to help keep Chris's legacy alive by donating now—and every April 15 (his birthday)—to these hand-selected organizations, vetted for their impact and credibility:
"NWCCI works with people who have disabilities to explore options, set goals, develop skills and take action for living more independently...We do not attempt to cure, fix or rehabilitate anyone. We do not tell anyone what to do. We do not set up programs and plug people into what is deemed best for them. We listen to what is important to them and work together to do the best we can with their abilities to live more independently."
(Chris's brother Ian is the Executive Director of this organization)
The La Mariposa School in Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in the globe due to inequality, is run by a handful of caring individuals and provides the following:
- Rescues 100's of dogs from very poor conditions. A dog-lover's paradise! Woof!
- Provides opportunities for those with disabilities to help with rescue animals
- Provides food, water, and community projects to the poorest families in Nicaragua
- Manages a large, organic nature reserve providing sustainable food for the community
- Provides access to English language education for Nicaraguans.
(Chris's cousin Maria has visited and is involved with this organization)
Hope Center's vision is to "help people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction find the hope that only Jesus Christ can bring...Hope Center Ministries is not just about getting sober, but about helping these men and women find a new life in Jesus. "
(Chris's cousin Shannon is involved with this organization)
"Nienna" is taken from the Tolkien universe. Nienna, a queen of the Valar, was significant because of her grief and sorrow but mostly how she transformed that into empathy and courage. She represented deep care for all beings and the world as a whole, an example of turning pity and sorrow into wisdom and action.