Nicaragua

Working With Children in Nicaragua



Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.
A recent World Vision survey in Nicaragua showed that nearly half of the respondents would not report instances of child abuse. In response, we launched an awareness campaign called I Use My Voice Against Child Abuse and have had thousands of children and adults participate in discussion groups about how to report and prevent abuse of children in Nicaragua.

Formal and informal education have been a focus for World Vision Nicaragua, where we work closely with the Ministry of Education to improve standards. In one initiative, World Vision partnered with government to start a diploma course for 166 preschool and primary teachers, promoting effective teaching strategies for early literacy.

Your impact in Nicaragua

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with the support of Canadian child sponsors in the past year:
  • 39,589 children learned about COVID-19 in age-specific ways
  • 51,194 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 143,824 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 9,594 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 10,942 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in Nicaragua, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 126 of community members went to our attitude change sessions
  • 66 parents learned positive parenting skills, including how to discipline kids without using violence
  • 3,319 girls and boys took actions to help end violence against children,
  • 58 community groups regularly meet to review and act on issues children face
  • 2 faith communities we are working with have started action groups

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Nicaragua funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 27 teachers are putting their new literacy training into practice
  • 16 teachers who completed our preschool training scored 80% or more in their test
  • 25 early childhood education classrooms are equipped with learning materials that are relevant and appropriate for local students
  • 210 kids and youth completed one of our life skills courses
  • 34 reading clubs were started

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Nicaragua funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 5 local groups are currently partnered financially with World Vision
  • 1,039 people received food assistance
  • 11,992 USD was provided to community members through cash and vouchers
  • 422 USD worth of cash and vouchers were distributed to families in need

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Nicaragua funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 283 more people now have clean water within 30 minutes of their home
  • 250 students who went to our hygiene training have put what they learned into practise
  • 383 girls and boys now have safe water at their schools
  • 9 health and hygiene clubs were started in schools
  • 1,352 people learned about good hygiene, including how to wash their hands and keep clean

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Nicaragua funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
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