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: 2015

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.

  • 374 young people participated in workshops where they raised awareness among their peers about child rights and reporting child abuse violations.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • 248 children benefitted from school gardens that provided them with nutritious lunches and agricultural skills.
  • 1,783 children benefitted from health sessions we offered on teethbrushing, personal hygiene, and handwashing.
  • We partnered with the Ministry of Health to improve children's health by educating 30 mothers on the importance of vaccinations and healthy nutrition for young boys and girls.

  • We educated 80 mothers with underweight children about starting family gardens and raising chickens to help feed their children. We provided the women with tools, vegetable seeds, and laying hens.
  • In coordination with the Ministry of Health, we trained 14 mothers to visit local parents and teach them how to prepare healthy, nutritious meals for their children. The mothers also promoted good hygiene habits, such as handwashing and housecleaning.

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 equip young people to earn an income and contribute to their family's needs, we trained 35 youth in hairstyling and taught them how to start small businesses.
  • 106 children developed skills in reading and creative writing when they attended reading clubs we formed in partnership with 20 teachers.

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.

  • 178 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.
  • In partnership with religious leaders and school counselors, we supported 290 children and adolescents with education about values and showing love and respect to themselves and their peers.


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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