The needs in Kaulapa

The main educational challenge in Kaulapa is simply that children do not attend school. Some drop out, while others are never enrolled because their parents can't pay for tuition or school supplies. If children do go to school, their performance is poor. This is likely because schools lack adequate teaching and educational materials, as well as equipment such as desks, books, and blackboards.

Children who want to go to high school have to travel long distances. This discourages parents from sending girls to secondary schools, as they fear for their wellbeing. Boys often don't attend either because their parents prefer that they stay home and work.

Health Care
Chronic malnutrition, especially among school-aged children, is common in Kaulapa. This is caused by a lack of nutrients in their daily diet, high rates of disease, and a lack of nutrition education among community members. Families often can't afford to meet their children's nutritional needs.

Poor sanitation and hygiene are other challenges. The lack of knowledge around preventative health practices, the low rate of vaccinations, and the insufficient access to health services, often result in a vicious cycle of ill health for people who live here.

The misuse and abuse of natural resources is damaging the environment in Kaulapa. Cutting down trees for household and commercial wood, polluting rivers and other waterways, and farming practices that lead to soil erosion, are all things that negatively affect the community's ability to grow enough food to feed their families. Other challenges include a lack of resources to invest in agriculture, low crop yields, and poor knowledge of environmentally friendly agricultural practices, materials, and equipment.
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Kaulapa's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Kaulapa community is located about 110 kilometres from Nicaragua's capital city, Managua. Average monthly temperatures are highest in April and May, just at the end of the dry season and beginning of the rainy season. It's cooler in December and January, usually between 19°C and 25°C. The majority of households in Kaulapa don't have electricity, and in some rural areas, there is no garbage collection, so people have to burn or bury their trash. Most people here raise animals, farm, or work as day labourers on other farms to make a living.
  • 336 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 27 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 127 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 107 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being    
  • 170 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 17 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities               
  • 114 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 39 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 9 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 226 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 435 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 26 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 52 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 11 health centres were improved with renovations, medical equipment or supplies to better care for children and families
  • 70 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 
  • 185 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 2,512 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Partner with the Ministry of Education and work with parents to increase the number of children registered in school, and reduce the number of children dropping out.
  • Improve the physical environment of schools; such as provide furniture and teaching materials.
  • Develop the organizational, communication, and motor skills of children to help them perform better in school.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Teach community members about how to prevent malnutrition, the importance of eating a balanced diet and what foods are necessary, and how to safely store and preserve food.
  • Improve the nutrition of children under the age of two by promoting breastfeeding, and by strengthening awareness of complementary feeding after six months of age.
  • Implement healthy food campaigns in schools.
  • Organize health teams to promote illness prevention, including how to manage childhood illnesses, as well as hygiene and sanitary practices.
  • Conduct deworming sessions, provide vitamins, and promote immunization.

To ensure parents in Kaulapa can provide food for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Diversify agricultural production, which will include gardens to help families plant various types of food throughout the year.
  • Organize farming families in local co-operatives so they can help support each other and develop and pass along tips and information.
  • Strengthen the community's understanding of sustainable farming practices.

Explore Kaulapa

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Kaulapa, Nicaragua is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.