Known as the land of lakes and volcanoes, Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Latin America. Although rich in culture and natural resources, nearly half the adult population is unemployed.
Decades of civil wars, natural disasters and corrupt governments have made it difficult for many to break the destructive cycle of inherited poverty.
For a large percentage of the population, access to potable water, sanitation and primary health care is limited. A quality education is beyond the means of most families.
In the communities where we work, single mothers head many of the families. They work tirelessly as street vendors selling food, candy or used clothing on the side of the road. Because of their low income, it’s difficult to provide food, clothing and medical care – much less a good education.
Poverty has a particularly cruel impact on children in Nicaragua. When families don’t have money for schooling, another generation gets trapped in the cycle of poverty.
While elementary school is provided by the government, many children are not able to attend because their families need them to bring in extra income, there are no schools in their area or the cost of uniforms, textbooks and supplies is simply too much.
Compared to other Central American countries, Nicaragua has the lowest primary school enrollment rate and the highest primary school dropout rate. It also has the highest percentage of primary school aged children who are not in school at all.
Our Work Here
Generation Rising is currently expanding into Nicaragua by partnering with local churches and groups who have a vision to provide a quality education in their community.
San Benito School
Location: San Benito
Grades: Early childhood education currently. We are partnering with the Bethel Mennonite Church in this community to start building a school in 2016.
Jesus El Buen Pastor School
Grades: Early childhood education – Grade 3