Where We Work

 

Nicaragua

"The land of lakes and volcanoes"

Bound on the North by Honduras, on the south by Costa Rica, on the east by the Caribbean Sea and on the west by the Pacific Ocean, Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. Home to two of the largest fresh water lakes in the region, and 78 natural reserves that cover more than 18% of the country’s landmass, Nicaragua coNicaragua Map Website 9999ntains diverse ecosystems and draws tourists from around the world for its wildlife rainforests, volcanoes, pristine beaches and colonial-era architecture. Although rich in outstanding biodiversity, the country continues to overcome the after effects of dictatorship, civil war and natural calamities, which have made it the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

With over 40% of the population living below the poverty line, coupled with a high birth rate among adolescents and a 78% literacy rate, Nicaragua is severely impacted by a poor economy and low educational attainment. In combination with this, deforestation for commercial agriculture, increasing pollution from poor infrastructure, over-exploitation of natural resources for short-term gain, and poor government regulation are compounding negative impacts on both environmental degradation and the long-term wellbeing of the Country and its people. Despite these obstacles, many communities in Nicaragua are eager to find a more just and sustainable manner to provide opportunities for its people.

How we are involved

As Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and the least populated with over half of the population below 25 years of age, the country is uniquely positioned for growth and opportunity over future generations. Social, environmental, and economic wellbeing are inextricably interconnected in the Nicaraguan community. Addressing these areas through education allows communities to advocate for their needs and build their long-term capacity.

Since 2013, we have been working closely with community leaders in Nicaragua to:

  • Improve access to education (infrastructure, participation, transportation, technology, materials etc.)

  • Improve quality of education (teacher support and training)

  • Improve relevance of education (link education to professional development opportunities and next steps, offer support outside of formal education, tailor curriculum to have local relevance etc.)

We envision expanding our reach and impact to other regions in Central America in the future.

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