Nicaragua: Casitas

Casitas's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2016

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • To equip youth to earn income to help support their families, we trained 20 young people in hairstyling and provided them with classes on how to start a small business.
  • To improve child protection in local communities, we provided trainings for children and youth on preventing human trafficking and bullying.
  • 646 children, youth, and adults participated in community events we supported where they advocated for child rights and child protection.

  • To improve child protection, we trained 18 legal mediators on protecting child rights, preventing human trafficking, and addressing situations of child abuse and neglect.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • To prevent the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, dengue, and chikungunya, we partnered with the Ministry of Health to host community clean-up days and eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.
  • 32 women with children under age 5 were trained on how to improve their children's health through proper nutrition, hygiene, and disease prevention.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • To improve literacy rates for primary school students, we trained 17 teachers on best practices for teaching reading and writing that help students succeed in school.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • 58 parents took part in our training program called Celebrating Families, which is designed to help parents learn about positive parenting skills and nurture their children's spiritual development.


current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Casitas, Nicaragua

2015 proved to be a very positive year for child protection in Nicaragua. In addition to passing an anti-trafficking law, the National Assembly approved the Family Code. This new legislation benefits two and a half million Nicaraguan children and youth by prohibiting all forms of physical punishment against them. A few years ago, when World Vision did a survey of how many adults and children would report child abuse, nearly half of the respondents said they would not do so. Because of this, an awareness campaign was initiated for children and youth called “I raise my voice against child abuse.” Last year 1,500 people, including children, youth, parents, teachers, and faith leaders, participated in discussion groups about how to report and prevent child abuse. 2015 also proved to be an encouraging year for literacy. The number of children who could read fluently by the end of second grade increased from 35% in 2014 to 49% in 2015. World Vision partnered with the Ministry of Education to initiate a diploma course for 166 preschool and primary teachers about effective strategies to teach children to read and write.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 17 years.
Casitas, Nicaragua is in Phase 3

PHASE 1: Years 1-3

  • Listen to desires and concerns of community leaders
  • Partnership with community begins
  • Outline needs and resources
  • Child sponsorship begins

PHASE 2: Years 4-9

  • Community members equipped and empowered to bring change to their own lives
  • Children benefit from life-changing projects
  • Community embraces project ownership

PHASE 3: Years 10-close

  • Years of hard work continues to transform lives
  • Community self-sufficiency grows
  • A sustainable plan for the future is determined
  • World Vision leaves

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