Free The Children has a rich history in Nicaragua, spanning from 1998 to 2004, during which we have constructed and repaired numerous schools and school rooms. In response to the country’s continued need, Free The Children is again working with several communities in the Central Pacific Region of the country to implement Adopt a Village.
Free The Children is working in partnership with communities to eliminate the obstacles that prevent children from accessing education. Sustainability is the goal of Adopt a Village. From the very beginning, Free The Children works closely with community leaders, families, educators and students to ensure that the local community is empowered and given ownership over each Adopt a Village project, be that a school building, school group, clean water well or alternative income project.
Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America but is also the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere, facing many challenges like poor access to education, employment and resources such as sanitation facilities and medication. Although the potential for natural and human resource development in the country is high, significant economic growth and improvement has yet to happen, and approximately three-quarters of the population live on less than $2 a day. Inequality in health care access and employment opportunities is widespread, and on average, Nicaraguans complete less than five years of school. Even though improvements in health and education have been made in the last 10 years, challenges remain.
Did You Know?[table]
“15%”,”of children in Nicaragua aged 5-14 are involved in child labour.”,”78%”,”of the country’s population is literate.”
“63%”,”of the population in rural communities does not have access to improved sanitation facilities.”,”53%”,”of secondary school-aged girls in Nicaragua do not attend secondary school.”[/table]
Free The Children’s Objectives in Nicaragua
- Create and ensure a sustainable future for children in rural areas, some who are involved in child labour in coffee and sugar cane fields, by providing them with access to and removing obstacles to a quality education.
- Focus on school-building in communities which do not have appropriate school room capacity or dilapidated school buildings.
- Help alleviate poverty and contribute to rural community development by putting into service all five pillars of Adopt a Village.
Adopt a Village at a Glance in Nicaragua
- School building and rehabilitation
- Outfitting classrooms with furnishings and text books
- Clean water systems
- Hand-washing stations
- Water and sanitation education
- Health workshops
- Outfitting local health clinics
Alternative Income and Livelihood
- Financial literacy training
- Empowerment and leadership skills development
Agriculture and Food Security
- School gardens
- Kitchen construction