tag:compassion.com,2011-06-09:5-48709 Nicaragua Stories 2011-06-09T18:16:13.657-06:00 Compassion International What Does Sponsorship Mean for a Child in Poverty? tag:compassion.com,2010-00-02:5-33604 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2010-12-02T00:00:00-07:00 Orfa Cerrato with Brianne Mullins

With the absence of his father, Ricardo's family's situation became more desperate. This young boy longed for a sponsor to come alongside him with prayers and encouragement.

The Persistence of Dreams tag:compassion.com,2010-00-18:5-33782 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2010-03-18T00:00:00-06:00 Orfa Cerrato, NI Field Communications Specialist
Poverty can have a lethal effect on the dreams of children. One young girl was sure her desire to be educated would never be fulfilled. When she was registered with Compassion, her dreams thrived.
When Effort Isn't Enough tag:compassion.com,2009-00-04:5-32900 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2009-03-04T00:00:00-07:00 Brandy Campbell, with Orfa Cerrato in Nicaragua

Each morning Francis makes food to sell with a smile. She no longer despairs about about herself or her family's future. Compassion is providing hope.

Peace Amid the Violence tag:compassion.com,2009-00-26:5-32924 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2009-01-26T00:00:00-07:00 Brandy Campbell, with Orfa Cerrato in Nicaragua
Mariela knew José ¨ad learned much of his violent behavior from his father. The rescue that she prayed for came the year that Compassion opened the Linaje Escogido Student Center.
Compassion Registers 1 Millionth Child tag:compassion.com,2008-00-23:5-32663 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2008-05-23T00:00:00-06:00 Brandy Campbell
Jeffrey recently became the millionth child Compassion serves through the Child Sponsorship Program.
Faith Nurtures Hope tag:compassion.com,2008-00-29:5-32624 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2008-03-29T00:00:00-06:00 Brandy Campbell, with Virna Segovia
As a child living in poverty, Luisa faced a grim future. But through the support of her sponsor, Luisa's future changed. Luisa doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up. But she does know that whatever her occupation, she will be an example that poverty is not the end of life.
Finding the Treasure tag:compassion.com,2008-00-29:5-33273 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2008-02-29T00:00:00-07:00 Brandy Campbell, with Virna Segovia in Nicaragua
On good days salvaging in the dump earned Sara and her family $1, enough to buy a bit of beans and rice. On bad days the family went home hungry. But Sara's future changed when workers from the Hands of Compassion Student Center (NI-155) learned about her family's desperate situation.
God Answered My Prayers! tag:compassion.com,2007-00-12:5-33135 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2007-02-12T00:00:00-07:00 Virna Segovia in Nicaragua, with Brandy Campbell
A little girl in Nicaragua prays a simple prayer & and sees a big answer!
A Touch of Technology tag:compassion.com,2006-00-31:5-32539 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2006-10-31T00:00:00-06:00 Virna Segovia in Nicaragua, with Brandy Campbell

When sponsors and donors give to Compassion's Complementary Intervention program, staff are able to purchase educational tools, including the computers at the Mirra Student Center. In just five months, almost 50 children were trained in basic computer programs, which was a life changing experience.

Nicaragua's Environmental Dangers tag:compassion.com,2005-00-17:5-32772 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2005-05-17T00:00:00-06:00 Virna Segovia, Compassion Nicaragua Communications Specialist

Like most second graders around the world Beatriz Castillo would like to play in her neighborhood. But unlike many 8-year-olds in the Western world, Beatriz's playground is a large city dumpsite just one mile from her home. But thanks to a Compassion-assisted project Beatriz can play her childhood games in a safe, nurturing and environmentally friendly location.

A Young Timothy tag:compassion.com,2005-00-17:5-32908 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2005-05-17T00:00:00-06:00 Janet Root, Contributing Writer

Michael Cordoza didn't feel he belonged until age 12 when he joined a street gang. But help from Christian missionaries helped Michael turn his life around. Now as Project Director of El Pasotcito Student Center, the young man helps Compassion-assisted children avoid the same path of gangs, drugs and violence that shadowed his life.

Now That's a School Project! tag:compassion.com,2004-00-12:5-33251 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2004-10-12T00:00:00-06:00 Michael Hamel, contributing writer

Bloomington Christian School sponsors 13 Nicaraguan children in Managua. Schoolteacher Scott Folkens went on the Sponsor Tour to bond with the children sponsored by the students at his school.

New Language Emerges in Nicaragua tag:compassion.com,2004-00-12:5-33438 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2004-10-12T00:00:00-06:00 By Virna Segovia, Compassion Nicaragua Communications Specialist Compassion Nicaragua Turns One tag:compassion.com,2003-00-10:5-32816 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2003-09-10T00:00:00-06:00 Nydia Teter

As Compassion prepares to start ministering to children in Bangladesh and Burkina Faso, it's encouraging to look back on all that's been accomplished during our first year in Nicaragua.