Nicaragua (Central America)

Compassion partners with churches to help them provide Nicaraguan children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.

Compassion began registering children into Nicaragua's programs in 2002. Compassion Nicaragua's first church partners were located in and around Managua, Nicaragua's capital city. Two distinct "clusters" of five centers each were established in some of the poorest areas in Managua and in nearby Cuidad Sandino. Currently, more than 43,500 children participate in more than 150 child development centers.

About the country

Population: 5,5 millions
Life expectancy: Male 68 years, Female 72 years
Under-5 mortality rate: 2,9%
People with HIV/AIDS: 6.400
Drinking water sources: 77%
Adequate sanitation facilities: 85%
Literacy rate: Male 67%, Female 68%
Population in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day): 50%

Child Sponsorship Program

Child Sponsorship Program in Nicaragua

Compassion began its ministry in Nicaragua in 2002, when the Child Sponsorship Program was started.

Children attend the child development center 4 days a week, plus one additional day for vocational training (e.g., music, computers, sewing, carpentry, baking, hair styling, entrepreneurship and handicrafts).

Extracurricular activities to build self esteem include sports, camps, field trips and art. Camps are held once or twice a year, field trips are conducted once a year, and sports and art classes are offered regularly throughout the year. Children also participate in tree planting at least once a year and cleaning up in their community twice a year.

At the child development center, each child receives a meal consisting of rice, meat, tortillas and natural juice, tea or cereal. Children also sometimes receive a snack that consists of fruit salad, rice with milk, or a thick hot drink made of corn meal. This food is intended to complement what children are already receiving at home.

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