Kaulapa's Community News

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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.
Child Protection
  • 14 cases of child abuse were reported to the authorities, providing more support for girls and boys experiencing abuse.
  • 192 children took actions to help end violence against girls and boys, raising awareness in the community about protecting children from harm and abuse.
  • 44 parents can now recognize three basic messages learned from the "Parenting with Tenderness" program
  • 263 parents attended training to learn how to discipline their children without physical violence, so more girls and boys are safer from abuse.
  • 11 reading clubs have been started for boys and girls, helping to improve their literacy and reading habits.
  • 93 parents and caregivers attended training in early childhood education and development, guiding them on how to support their young child's growth.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
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.
  • 64.3% of parents and guardians feel their community is a safe place for children in 2017, increasing from 35.2% in 2013
  • 97% of adolescents reported having a birth certificate in 2017, increasing from 92.1% in 2013
  • 28.8% of children are participating in a children's club in 2017, increasing from 4.8% in 2013
  • 69% of children could read and understand the material in 2017, increasing from 43.8% in 2013
  • 80.3% of parents and guardians took their children to appropriate health providers in 2017, increasing from 74.7% in 2013

Explore Kaulapa

current conditions

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

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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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.