Quizaltepe'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 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
  • 381 children took actions to help end violence against girls and boys, raising awareness in the community about protecting children from harm and abuse.
  • 20 parents can now recognize three basic messages learned from the "Parenting with Tenderness" program
  • 146 parents attended training to learn how to discipline their children without physical violence, so more girls and boys are safer from abuse.
  • 16 parents and caregivers attended training in early childhood education and development, guiding them on how to support their young child's growth.
  • 12 reading clubs have been started for boys and girls, helping to improve their literacy and reading habits.
  • 38 parents of Grades 1 to 3 students were trained on the value of learning to read and quality education, showing them why children should go to school.
*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:
  • 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.