Nicaragua

Half of Nicaragua’s population is now living below the poverty line. The leading causes of death among children under a year old are intestinal infectious diseases and malnutrition.

Poor children are extremely vulnerable to infectious diseases, malnutrition and a lack of clean water. Poor children are extremely vulnerable to infectious diseases, malnutrition and a lack of clean water.

A lack of healthcare, adequate housing and decent schools — coupled with a widespread lack of opportunity — are all major challenges to progress. Natural disasters (such as chronic droughts) are another constant threat to the Nicaraguan people, a large percentage of whom rely upon agriculture for survival.

Nicaragua, the “land of lakes and volcanoes,” is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

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