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.