Feed the Children has worked in Nicaragua for more than 20 years and is currently active in 20 different communities. Through community fruit tree nurseries, provisions of small livestock as well as community gardens and school gardens, families in Nicaragua are encouraged to seek sustainable sources of income to provide for their families. More than 2,500 households have participated in our community fruit tree nurseries and were able to sell fruit to local markets.
Hunger and a lack of adequate learning materials can affect a child’s ability to focus in the classroom. Since education is important, we provide children with school meals as well as additional supplies to help their growth each day at school.
Feed the Children teaches children simple sanitation techniques to prevent water-borne diseases. In fact, thousands of students have received water, sanitation, and hygiene lessons in school.
Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Nicaragua is home to gorgeous beaches, lush rainforests, and volcanoes. However, these natural features also make it easily susceptible to natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
Natural disasters, as well as political instability, have made Nicaraguan children vulnerable to poverty and malnourishment. Nearly half of the working population experiences difficulties in their employment such as low wages and unsuitable working conditions. The country’s climate produces rich agricultural products including coffee, bananas, sugarcane, rice, corn, and beans. However, desertification, unregulated disposals of hazardous wastes, landslides, deforestation, soil erosion, and water pollution negatively affect the profitable production of exportable crops for most small-holder farmers.
We are excited about the work that is being done in Nicaragua to improve the nutritional status of young children; increase access to education through educational support; promote healthy behaviors through training on water, sanitation and hygiene; and empowering families and communities to overcome poverty and become self-sustaining.
In Nicaragua, one way we are promoting healthy behaviors is by focusing on appropriate hygiene behaviors through Care Groups. Care Groups is a peer-to-peer training methodology in which FEED staff train “lead” mothers on topics related to nutrition, health, and water. These mothers then train other mothers in their communities, increasing the reach of impact. One such training topic is focused on behavior change around hygiene and sanitation. Mothers learn about proper hygienic and sanitation practices, such as washing hands at critical times throughout the day and using pit latrines instead of defecating in the open.
Would you consider partnering with FEED to continue this important work? Your support enables us to continue implementing health & water activities like hygiene and sanitation trainings through Care Groups.