Nicaragua

Working With Children in Nicaragua

 Nicaragua suffers ongoing violence

Nicaragua remains in a state of civil unrest since the government implemented a policy of “cleanliness in state institutions,” laying off hundreds of civilians.

Teachers, doctors and other groups protested the unexplained dismissals, resulting in a series of violent uproars. As last reported, 774 have been detained, 448 killed, 2,910 injured and 600 missing.

Businesses and roads have closed, tourism is down, crime is rising and thousands are jobless. It’s estimated that over 131,000 people have fallen into poverty, a number that’s expected to rise toward the end of the year. Areas like Masaya, Granada, Estelí, León and Matagalpa are among the most affected.

There has been no report of violence to World Vision staff and no serious damage to the organization’s assets. However, there may be risk of harassment, aggression and robbery. To reduce risk, Nicaraguan staff are implementing a “hibernation strategy,” with most working from home and prioritizing administrative activities until the situation improves.

World Vision has implemented child-friendly spaces, which include counselling and emotional support for children affected by the violence, as well as transferring wounded protestors to medical centres and administering first aid when needed.
 
No sponsored children from Canadian-supported communities have been directly affected by the violence.

As a result of the instability and safety concerns in the country, sponsorship operations including sponsor correspondence, Special Gifts , sponsor visits and child monitoring have been temporarily suspended until further notice.

World Vision will continue to monitor the situation and post any new updates on this page. For more information, or to check on the status of your sponsored child, please call us at 1-800-654-2650.

Join us in praying for the most vulnerable in Nicaragua during this time of unrest. To help us quickly respond to emergency situations like this one, please consider donating to our Emergency Response and Preparedness fund: https://donate.worldvision.ca/products/donate-to-emergency-disaster-relief

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:

Nicaragua suffers ongoing violence

Nicaragua remains in a state of civil unrest since the government implemented a policy of “cleanliness in state institutions,” laying off hundreds of civilians.

Teachers, doctors and other groups protested the unexplained dismissals, resulting in a series of violent uproars. As last reported, 774 have been detained, 448 killed, 2,910 injured and 600 missing.

Businesses and roads have closed, tourism is down, crime is rising and thousands are jobless. It’s estimated that over 131,000 people have fallen into poverty, a number that’s expected to rise toward the end of the year. Areas like Masaya, Granada, Estelí, León and Matagalpa are among the most affected.

There has been no report of violence to World Vision staff and no serious damage to the organization’s assets. However, there may be risk of harassment, aggression and robbery. To reduce risk, Nicaraguan staff are implementing a “hibernation strategy,” with most working from home and prioritizing administrative activities until the situation improves.

World Vision has implemented child-friendly spaces, which include counselling and emotional support for children affected by the violence, as well as transferring wounded protestors to medical centres and administering first aid when needed.
 
No sponsored children from Canadian-supported communities have been directly affected by the violence.

As a result of the instability and safety concerns in the country, sponsorship operations including sponsor correspondence, Special Gifts , sponsor visits and child monitoring have been temporarily suspended until further notice.

World Vision will continue to monitor the situation and post any new updates on this page. For more information, or to check on the status of your sponsored child, please call us at 1-800-654-2650.

Join us in praying for the most vulnerable in Nicaragua during this time of unrest. To help us quickly respond to emergency situations like this one, please consider donating to our Emergency Response and Preparedness fund: https://donate.worldvision.ca/products/donate-to-emergency-disaster-relief

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 

 

  • 2 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 488 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 3,112 children and youth learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 232 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 100 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families

*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

 

  • 370 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 6,242 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 292 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 48 health centres were improved with renovations, medical equipment or supplies to better care for children and families
  • 400 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.
 

  • 113 young people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 1,700 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
 
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.
 

  • 113 jeunes ont été équipés pour rentrer sur le marché du travail par le biais d'un apprentissage, d'une formation professionnelle ou d'un service d'orientation professionnelle
  • 1,700 personnes ont été formées sur les pratiques de conservation de l'environnement et la gestion des ressources naturelles
 
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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