Child Champions in Nicaragua tell us about their country.
Nicaragua is the largest country on the Central American isthmus, with the capital, Managua, being the third largest city in Central America. The landscape gives residents the chance to encounter nature and has a variety of both active and inactive volcanoes, as well as its share of lakes, rivers, and lagoons. The people are known for offering their best to visitors and showing incredible courage in the face of crisis. But Nicaragua is also one of the least developed countries in Latin America and the second poorest in the region, so access to even basic amenities is a constant challenge.
The hard places in Nicaragua are similar in that both the urban and rural areas lack opportunities for economic growth. In the countryside, there is a shortage of social services and land is difficult to afford, so people have migrated to the cities for decades in search of work. There are simply not enough jobs to go around. Whatever employment might be available tends to favor those with the most education, putting children growing up in rural areas at a great disadvantage since most have forfeited any chance to attend school in order to take menial work. Nicaragua is also heavily affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes, droughts, and earthquakes, so citizens can suffer the effects of dangerous flooding and water shortages depending on the season.
In a place where almost 10% of births are to teenage mothers, and social and political unrest have negatively impacted the economy for years, it’s more crucial than ever to give children the opportunity to develop their talents and achieve their goals. Because of the encouragement, fervent prayers, and ongoing support of our generous sponsors, the children in Nicaragua are free to dream of a better life.
Nicaragua Hope Centers
One thing every community in the nation of Nicaragua has in common is the need to know Jesus — and this is where OneChild steps up and steps in. Hope Centers are located strategically so that children from each region are served and shown the love of Christ. With a comprehensive program that heavily involves local churches, Child Champions provide children with the tools to overcome the poverty and violence that have plagued their families for generations — tools that give them a reason to HOPE. These Child Champions are the very heart of OneChild’s program. They are essential in bringing to life the visions that church pastors have for the children. And they know that each and every child has been blessed by God with limitless potential.
Nicaragua’s children are the key to a successful future. By preparing them with a quality education, vocational training, and the capacity to share God’s love with their neighbors, OneChild not only gives children a way to follow their own dreams but also the possibility of making an impact on an entire nation.
We are accountable to the children we serve AND to our donors.
Our accountability to our donors is one of our highest priorities. Our goal is to use the funds entrusted to us as wise stewards. To do this requires continued monitoring of our fund distribution. OneChild is also a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)