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 Teaching quality is negatively affected by outdated curriculum and teaching methods.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 Most of the soil in the area is eroding at an alarming rate, and many farmers still use outdated practices, such as slash and burn, which compromises the quality of the soil.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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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.
  • 1,779 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 103 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
  • 19 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 27 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 1 community group is engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 70 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 300 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 351 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 12 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities               
  • 35 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 65 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 7 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 91 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 491 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 220 people including children learned to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  • 336 children were vaccinated to protect themselves against preventable diseases
  • 336 children received deworming medications and vitamins to improve their health
  • 132 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 6 health centres were improved with renovations, medical equipment or supplies to better care for children and families
  • 43 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 1,608 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:
  • 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.

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.