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
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.
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.
- To equip youth to earn income to help support their families, we trained young people in baking, carpentry, motorcycle mechanics, and cell-phone repair and provided them with classes on business skills.
- To improve child protection at the community level, we trained legal mediators to inform leaders and parents about protecting child rights, preventing human trafficking, and addressing situations of child abuse and neglect.
- We trained children and youth about the child protection risks involved in talking to strangers on social media, and provided ways for the kids to use social media responsibly.
- We coordinated with local firefighters to raise awareness among community leaders, church leaders, and parents about how to best protect children during emergencies, such as flooding and landslides.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Local children benefited from the health sessions we offered on brushing their teeth, personal hygiene, and handwashing.
- We collaborated with the Ministry of Health to conduct health campaigns for children and families on preventing childhood diseases, proper hygiene, and first aid.
- To reduce the spread of viruses such as Zika, dengue, and chickungunya, we partnered with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education to raise community awareness regarding the prevention and signs of these diseases.
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 teachers on the best practices for teaching reading and writing and started reading clubs where kids receive tutoring to improve their skills.
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.
- Our local staff served children and families as a demonstration of God's unconditional love, seeking always to be faithful ambassadors of Jesus.
Prayer Requests from Nicaragua
World Vision's staff in Nicaragua are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Protection for children and youth from trafficking and child labor.
Children and youth endeavoring to end violence in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods.
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