We have been working in partnership with local communities in Nicaragua since 1994 to provide children with a better start in life.
Nicaragua is classified by the World Bank as the second poorest country in Latin America and the Caribbean – almost 80% of the population lives on less than US$2 a day.
Around 43% of the population are living in poverty.
Youth unemployment is high and there are few job or training opportunities in rural areas.
Nearly two in three people living in rural areas do not have adequate sanitation facilities.
HOW WE'RE HELPING
There are children in Nicaragua who, despite being poor, are getting the nutritious food and healthcare that gives them the best chance for the future.
We're training health workers to run mobile medical teams, bringing healthcare to remote communities. We're providing lifesaving vaccinations through a series of campaigns that target families in underprivileged areas. Fewer children under five are suffering from common illnesses like diarrhoea, dengue fever and respiratory diseases.
Making sure children have enough to eat can be a huge challenge in Nicaragua's poorest communities, so we're setting up community nutrition groups. In these groups, trained volunteers show parents how to monitor their children's weight and make tasty, nutritious meals out of staple local foods, like maize, rice and beans.
We're also working with families to increase crop yields – resulting in more plentiful supplies of fruit and vegetables for their children – and helping them to learn more about child nutrition.