Nicaragua is the poorest Spanish speaking country in the world. It is situated in Central America, bordering Honduras, Costa Rica and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Nicaragua’s history has been marked by continuous upheaval in the form of corruption, foreign intervention, war, rebellion, and natural disasters. Its capital city, Managua, has been damaged twice by earthquakes in 1932 and 1972. After much political turmoil, a democratic process was established in 1990 with the election of Violeta Chamorro as President. Nicaragua is tentatively moving forward toward economic growth. The current president is Daniel Ortega. The country’s infrastructure is tenuous, but it possesses a wealth of natural resources and stunning natural wonders. Its greatest resource, however, is its young people. Regrettably, over half these children live in poverty, especially in rural areas. Many children have no access to education or are forced to leave school to support their families. The Nicaraguan government lacks the means to provide widespread social services. Outside assistance from nations such as the U.S. is welcomed.
The majority of people in the communities we work with survive on less than $1.00 a day. We cannot ignore these conditions. We hope to positively affect the current generation and provide the necessary resources for the next generation to succeed on their own.