Tara Germain is a missionary with a heart to serve the disadvantaged. Originally from Fort St John, B.C. Canada, she moved to Honduras in 2009 to work in a Christian orphanage. It was there she met her future husband, Alex Casco, from Nicaragua. After they were married, they returned to Honduras to work at the orphanage as a couple. In January of 2011, they moved to Nicaragua and founded a program to serve disadvantaged children and families in Dario City, Matagalpa, Nicaragua. The heart of the ministry is holistic and works towards relieving poverty and breaking the cycles of abuse and dysfunction that keep so many of the children, youth and adults of Nicaragua captive. This is done through a variety of educational activities, providing food and other necessities of life, and giving a basic education and instruction in the Christian faith through their program that runs Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Currently they are operating three programs. The Infantil Tary Kids Program & The Warriors of Christ Program focus on boys ages 7- 18 who live in extreme dysfunction and poverty stricken homes. The boys are chosen through a series of home visits, interviews and screening processes and are then individually selected to attend the program on a daily basis in the mornings at the center. The program consists of breakfast, lunch, help with public school studies and follow-up attention/ support with the students' classroom teachers, study of the Bible, prayer, arts and crafts, sports, psychological attention, educational field trips, science activities as well as moral and ethical one-on-one mentorship. The Pure Religion Program is a mercy based relief effort serving the citizens of Dario City that live in situations of social risk & poverty - the helpless, elderly, widowed, abandoned and/or rejected. The goal is to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to bring acts of kindness and practical help such as providing food, clothing, medicine/ medical care, shelter and education to the less fortunate while at the same time offering them training in areas that will serve them in breaking their own cycles of poverty in the future and propel them towards self-sustainability.
In March of 2014, Light and Salt Ministries Nicaragua (LASM - Nicaragua) received charitable status in Canada as a non profit organization. Before that Tara Germain was under the covering of a local church in Fort St. John, B.C. Canada. Currently LASM has an established board of trustees that work along side of, and assist Alex and Tara and the team in Nicaragua with major decisions and management of donations.