Why World Vision is in Nicaragua

In November 2020, two devastating hurricanes hit northeastern Nicaragua within just two weeks of each other. Hurricanes Eta and Iota, some of the strongest storms in decades, destroyed thousands of homes, leaving thousands of families living in emergency shelters with only the belongings they could carry. Nicaragua was already Latin America’s second poorest country, and the hurricanes wiped out vast swaths of infrastructure like wells and sanitation facilities. Also, ongoing economic, social, and political instability over the last few years has increased Nicaragua’s vulnerability, and the COVID-19 pandemic worsened an existing economic recession. A presidential election in late 2021 poses further stability challenges, with increased risks of protests and violence. With support from partners and donors, over 56,000 people affected by the hurricanes and the pandemic are getting the resources they need, including clean water, food, job opportunities, healthcare, and shelter. Families who lost everything in the hurricanes’ destruction have received emergency items like hygiene kits, mosquito nets, blankets, and clothing while we help them rebuild and get back on their feet.

We never give up on people

World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Nicaragua

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

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.

  • Parents learned positive parenting skills, including how to discipline children without physical or emotional punishment, helping to protect girls and boys from abuse.
  • Community groups regularly meet to review and act on issues children face, helping to ensure children are safe, cared for, and protected from abuse.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members, helping to protect children and their families from diseases like COVID-19.
  • More schools have accessible toilets, making it easier for students with limited mobility to attend school.

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.

  • Weekly after-school reading clubs were started to give children extra help and encourage a love of reading. Children, parents, and caregivers received education support or training to help more children go to school and reach their full potential.

Prayer Requests from Nicaragua

World Vision's staff in Nicaragua are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • Health and well-being of the children and families affected by Hurricanes Eta and Iota.


  • Political stability during the 2021 presidential elections.


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Join us to pray for Central America — for World Vision’s work in the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. In many areas of Central America, gang violence, drug trafficking, and the lasting effects of past wars make life especially difficult for children and their families.