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.
Why World Vision is in Nicaragua
The government of Nicaragua is working to strengthen disaster preparedness at regional, community, and family levels, applying new programs and drills this year to increase resilience in case of emergencies. Unemployment rates are high, despite a growing economy, and one in 10 kids go to work instead of school. Kids over 14 can legally work in Nicaragua, but many younger children must work to help take care of their families. Workplace gender inequality and domestic gender-based violence are prevalent issues as well. Transforming societal prejudices against women is also an ongoing effort. We’re working together with partners and your support to change parental attitudes so families experience loving, nurturing relationships in their homes. Malnutrition and preventable diseases are steadily decreasing. Literacy and household stability are also increasing, thanks to your support. We’re continuing our work to open doors to flourishing childhoods for the most vulnerable kids with better protection and health.
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.
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.
- Working through a youth network and after-school classes, adolescents in Nicaragua learned about children's rights and well-being, and how to prevent drug abuse in their communities. Boys and girls also learned how to protect themselves from abuse online.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Parents and caregivers in Nicaragua were trained on how to prevent common diseases such as diarrhea, Zika, and dengue fever. In the workshops, they also learned how to recognize common symptoms of these disease, and when to seek help.
- Through a collaboration with schools in Nicaragua, children were taught healthy hygiene habits. Children learned about topics such as how and when to wash their hands, and oral hygiene.
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.
- Teachers in Nicaragua learned new methods to help children read, and were provided with classroom materials and tools such as tablets and books to promote reading and learning in the classroom.
Prayer Requests from Nicaragua
World Vision's staff in Nicaragua are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
The end of all forms of violence against children.
Environmental stewardship of the land.
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