Capital: Managua | Population: 6.2 Million

In the heart of Central America lies a beautiful land of untouched rainforests, pristine crater lakes and rugged volcanoes. Nicaragua is a country of contrasts, known throughout the region for its diverse cultural history, vibrant art, and grand literature. Visitors find themselves welcomed by a passionate people living at their own pace, where age-old traditions combine with deep faith for a strong, authentic character.

Nicaragua’s vast potential springs from a past as varied and dramatic as its landscape. A long history of political turmoil, violence and natural disasters has slowed development. The country is now the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere, with 76% of the population living on less than $2.00 a day. This environment is an opportunity for successful and sustainable development through long-term, holistic service.


2,750

COMMUNITY MEMBERS directly benefited

$2.00

Local average
Daily Income 

23,970

Hours served by volunteers last year 


The Need

  • Teenage pregnancies account for 1 in 4 births
  • 75% never completed elementary school
  • 54% underemployment
  • 100% of children need treatment for parasites
  • 15% of children ages 5-14 involved in child labor
  • 1 in 3 children suffers from chronic malnutrition
  • 21% of children drop out in the first grade
  • 52% of women have experienced domestic violence
  • 53% of girls do not attend secondary school
  • 1 in 10 adults has type 2 diabetes
  • 9.2 hospital beds for every 10,000 people
  • 96% do not have access to preventive health care
  • 43% live on less than $1.00 a day
  • The public education and health systems did not begin until the 1980’s

Our Response

  • Adolescent Health Education
  • Adult English
  • Business Development
  • Cedro Galán Health Clinic
  • Children's English
  • Child Sponsorship and Nutrition
  • Creative Arts
  • Lacrosse the Nations
  • Math and Literacy Support
  • Preventative Health Education
  • Villa Guadalupe Health Clinic
  • Women's Exercise and Nutrition
  • Women's Jewelry Cooperative
  • Youth Medical Career Education 

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The Communities

Cedro Galan

Cedro galán & Chiquilistagua

Population: 15,000

Cedro Galán and Chiquilistagua are neighboring, semi-rural communities on the outskirts of Nicaragua’s capital city, Managua. Families live in open-air homes with dirt floors, and imported cars share the road with ox-drawn carts. These communities have extremely limited access to even the most basic services. Opportunities for advancement are rare. While few ever leave, families are strong and committed to finding a better future for their children and grandchildren.

Villa Guadalupe

Population: 4,800

Villa Guadalupe is home to more than 1,000 people displaced by the closure of Central America’s largest municipal trash dump, La Chureca. The government relocated these families to Villa Guadalupe in 2013, along with 3,700 people who were left homeless by flooding in 2010. The community faces unemployment, constant food insecurity and malnutrition. In the absence of outside resources, motivated leaders are emerging and neighbors give what they can to support one another. 

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Nicaragua Programs



Nicaragua Team