With a population of 6 million people, Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Americas after Haiti. It has the largest youth bulge in Latin America with more than 2 million school-aged children.
Many parents have to withdraw their children from school because of a lack of jobs and financial difficulties. In the poorest families, only 6% complete secondary school. Parents find it hard to spend their low income on transportation, uniforms, school supplies and books when they have difficulty affording food.
17,000 street children in Nicaragua suffer constant hunger and neglect. Most have gone to the streets to escape domestic violence and extreme poverty only to find harsh manual labor, hunger and fear.
Nicaragua is the safest country in Central America and has a growing tourist economy. Holistic tools such as food, clean water, health and medical assessments can be used by the local church to impact their communities.
By investing in the children of Nicaragua, a future of poverty can be changed into a future of Hope!