Quizaltepe'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 Quizaltepe community is located in central Nicaragua, about 88 kilometres from the capital city of Managua. The area is hilly and susceptible to drought, hurricanes, and storms. The average annual temperature is 25℃ , with a rainy season from May to October and a dry season from December to April. Most people eke out a living from subsistence agriculture, growing maize, beans, wheat, and coffee, or by raising livestock. Most houses are still made out of materials like clay walls and dirt floors.
Child Protection
  • 1,400 children participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 10 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 5 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 67 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 947 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 24 schools were renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 27 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 315 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 40 young people are participating in clubs focused on developing practical life skills to prepare them for the future
  • 80 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 138 children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 152 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 258 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 288 parents learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
  • 336 children were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 77 young people learned about sexual and reproductive health, including how to prevent and manage HIV and STIs
  • 97 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 603 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Build classrooms and other school facilities.
  • Improve the quality of education with resource libraries and bookstores.
  • Ensure that children with disabilities can get an education, and are a valuable part of society.
  • Support vocational education.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Train and equip health volunteers to sensitize and train the community in preventive health practices.
  • Teach mothers about nutrition.
  • Support families to improve their diet with nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables.
  • Improve hygiene and sanitation practices and infrastructure to better protect health.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Quizaltepe can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Support families to adopt practices that suit and protect the semi-arid soil, including mixed cropping, crop diversification, and planting new crops. Improve irrigation.
  • Organize and train farmers groups and cooperatives.

Explore Quizaltepe

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 Quizaltepe

Educational infrastructure in Quizaltepe is poor, and a lack of proper equipment and resources further reduces the quality of education children receive. School buildings are often falling apart and there's a shortage of desks, teaching materials, textbooks, clean water, and latrines. Teaching quality is negatively affected by outdated curriculum and teaching methods. These factors all contribute to the low number of children who actually pass classes to move to the next grade.

In addition, many parents have not completed school themselves, as there is little access to secondary school or technical studies. This means that parents often don't value education for their children. Children with disabilities are also not integrated into the educational system properly, and do not receive proper education.

Health Care
The health of children in Quizaltepe is poor for several reasons. 69% of community members don't have access to safe water. They get their water from rivers, streams, untreated wells, and other sources that are contaminated by flooding, feces, or chemicals. Children also eat an unbalanced diet. When combined with a general scarcity of food, this leaves children malnourished. 70% of children living here are under weight. Families often lack understanding about healthcare, sanitation, and hygiene practices. The area also does not have a sufficient medical staff, equipment, or medicines.

Economic Development
Deforestation and soil erosion are two of the major environmental problems facing the community. Most of the soil in the area is eroding at an alarming rate, and many farmers still use outdated practices, such as slash and burn, which compromises the quality of the soil. Farmers only grow basic grains, which do not yield a large harvest or allow them to diversify their crops to improve soil conservation. The use of highly toxic pesticides also contributes to water and soil pollution.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Quizaltepe, 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.