Nicaragua is an impoverished Central American country about the size of Pennsylvania. Outside of Haiti, Nicaragua is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
Approximately 30% of all Nicaraguans are trying to survive below the poverty line.
A lack of healthcare, adequate housing and decent schools — coupled with a widespread lack of opportunity — are all major challenges to progress. Poor children in Nicaragua are extremely vulnerable to infectious diseases, malnutrition and a lack of clean water, which continue to pose some of the biggest threats to child survival. Natural disasters (such as chronic droughts) are another constant threat to the Nicaraguan people, a large percentage of whom rely upon agriculture for survival.
Food For The Poor has been working to help the poor of Nicaragua since 1998. Alongside our in-country partner, the American Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF), we continue to bring aid and sustainable development projects to those most in need.