COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Nicaragua

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Nicaragua

Last Updated: 07/27/2021

Nicaragua is reporting 32 new cases of COVID-19 per day as of July 19. Since the pandemic began, there have officially been 7,044 infections reported and 193 related deaths. Cases may be much higher than reported, especially because any news not reported by the government was made illegal last year. Many in the country’s medical community also cast doubt on the numbers, with some saying deaths may be more than five times higher than reported. Nicaragua has fully vaccinated 3.2% of its population beginning with citizens over the age of 60. The World Bank states that Nicaragua remains one of the least developed countries in Central America. The pandemic has only worsened this status, with 90,000 more people being pushed below the poverty line in 2020 as compared to 2019.

Many Nicaraguan child development centers have resumed normal program activities. Around 30% are able to meet in small groups. Staff members from a few centers are limited to home visits and virtual programing for children and families. Since the pandemic began, staff members have distributed over 254,000 food packs and almost 116,000 hygiene kits and provided over 14,000 individuals with medical support.

COVID response in Nicaragua

A Message From National Staff

How Is Compassion Currently Operating in Nicaragua?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Nicaragua, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that all children and their families are being checked in on regularly by staff, either in person or by phone, even if the Compassion center is not open for programming.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Many Nicaraguan child development centers have resumed normal program activities, and a large number of the remaining centers are meeting in small groups. Staff members continue to call and visit families and children, with a few centers still unable to gather in person. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute over 254,000 food packs and almost 116,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

COVID response in Nicaragua

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Compassion Center Director Aida was struggling. Every year at the Compassion center where she worked, the church would hold a large vocational fair. There, students in vocational programs, including sewing, baking and cosmetology, would display their skills, and the church would fill up with people from the community. Some of the students were hired on the spot, and others were able to sell items and make a name for themselves.

Aida had already had to cancel the fair once because of the pandemic. She knew they couldn’t hold a large event at the church because they wouldn’t be able to socially distance. That’s when Aida came up with the idea of the students setting up stalls at their homes, and community members traveling to each stand. After just a month of preparation 17 youths, including 13-year-old Leydy, were able to receive customers at their homes!

“The day of the fair, I was happy because it would be the very first time I would experience what working would be like, doing what I love, and practice how to communicate with my clients,” says Leydy, a cosmetology student. “With the center’s support, I experienced what it would be like to have my very own business.”

How can I pray for Nicaragua?

Please pray for the many families who have been pushed even deeper into poverty by the pandemic. For more prayer resources, visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for prayer guides and a virtual prayer wall.

How Can I Help?

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