Managua

Managua
Nicaragua

Rural Region

  • Livestock farming is one way for rural Nicaraguans to make a living. Ranchers pay laborers to tend their cattle and other livestock. Livestock farming is one way for rural Nicaraguans to make a living. Ranchers pay laborers to tend their cattle and other livestock.
  • One of the activities children at Compassion centers love to do is sing, and they do a lot of it, whether they're inside or outside! One of the activities children at Compassion centers love to do is sing, and they do a lot of it, whether they're inside or outside!
  • These children receive classroom instruction outside of a Compassion partner church's building, which is under construction. These children receive classroom instruction outside of a Compassion partner church's building, which is under construction.
  • A typical home in rural Nicaragua is made of wood and bamboo, with a dirt floor. A typical home in rural Nicaragua is made of wood and bamboo, with a dirt floor.
  • Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future. Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future.
  • Small businesses line the sides of dirt roads with vendors selling whatever they can to support their families. Small businesses line the sides of dirt roads with vendors selling whatever they can to support their families.
  • Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit. Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit.
 
NICARAGUA OVERVIEW

Population

5,848,641

Religion

Roman Catholic

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Rural Nicaragua Rural Nicaragua
  • In Nicaragua’s rural regions, houses of low-income families are made of flimsy materials such as bamboo and scraps of wood, metal, plastic and cardboard mainly because good-paying jobs are scarce and people can’t afford better building materials.
  • Most houses have dirt floors, and inadequate roofs allow rain to get inside. That, along with lack of proper latrines and sewage systems, make ideal conditions for mosquitoes and flies to breed. These insects carry and spread dengue fever and other illnesses.
  • The soil in this region is typically clay. This poor soil condition makes farming corn, beans and other important crops a struggle, and families frequently go hungry.
COMMUNITY
Issues and Concerns
  • Rural communities need better schools, more job opportunities, higher wages and more access to health care.
  • A lack of hope seems to be at the root of many of these extreme poverty issues.
Local Needs and Challenges

Physical development issues

Malnutrition and preventable illnesses, combined with the lack of adequate medical care, put young lives in danger daily.

Poor education

The lack of adequate education opportunities holds children back from reaching their full potential.

Compassion and our local church partners in Nicaragua are diligently working to meet these challenges for rural children, to provide them help for today and hope for a brighter future.

EDUCATION
Rural Nicaragua education
Schools and Education
  • Rural Nicaraguan society is largely undereducated — students take an average of 10.3 years to complete the mandatory six years of schooling.
  • Many children have to walk three or four miles to get to their schools, and most classrooms lack basic things like chairs, supplies or even roofs.
  • Countrywide, one in four children are not in the school system simply because many families can't afford costs associated with school, such as uniforms or supplies.

Compassion Nicaragua works to ensure that every registered child is able to attend elementary school, and additional support, including tutoring, is provided at the child development centers.

At the Compassion Child Development Center

Child development centers in rural communities provide registered children with a place to learn, grow and study.

Sponsorship allows staff to provide Bible teaching, medical exams, health and hygiene instruction, educational tours and classes, social events, tutoring and life-skills and vocational training.

Centers also provide opportunities for involvement by the parents or guardians of sponsored children.

The children spend time writing to and praying for their sponsors.

What Compassion Sponsorship Provides

In partnership with local churches, Compassion is bringing real help and hope to impoverished children in rural Nicaragua, providing:

  • regular nutritious meals and snacks
  • health checkups and medical care as needed
  • the support needed to attend school
  • mosquito nets and repellents for many registered children to protect them from dengue fever
  • spiritual nurture where children spend time in prayer, songs and devotionals every time they come to the center; they also make crafts that remind them of God's love for them.
  • special interventions as needed. For example, recently some families were provided new roofs for their houses. The churches also covered parts of their property with crushed rocks and sand so children can easily walk around rather than getting muddy.