Facts About Our Work in Nicaragua
In 2017, Food For The Poor shipped 326 tractor-trailer loads of critically needed supplies to Nicaragua.
- More than 24,543 housing units have been built in Nicaragua
- 314 children live in Angels Of Hope homes
- Agricultural projects have assisted more than 25,000 people
More About Our Work
Food For The Poor has been working in Nicaragua since 1998, partnering with the American Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF). The charity has more than 60 active projects in Nicaragua. In 2017, Food For The Poor shipped 326 tractor-trailer loads of critically needed supplies to the Central American country. Community development projects have proved successful, providing different components such as housing, water, furniture, gardens, community centers, tools and medical clinics.
- In 2017, Food For The Poor constructed 1,796 housing units, and has built a total of 24,543 housing units since inception. One thousand of the double-unit homes were built by Food For The Poor donor Dani Johnson and her King’s Ransom Foundation for families in the towns of El Limonal, Jiquilillo and Malpaisillo in less than three years.
- Access to clean water is a critical need in Nicaragua. The Central American country has 30 water projects to supply clean water through filtration and other distribution systems.
- Food For The Poor works with 21 orphanages as part of the Angels Of Hope program in Nicaragua. Through the Angels Of Hope program, 314 children receive shelter and an education.
- There is an Agricultural Training Center in Tipitapa, Nicaragua, where local farmers are being trained not only in the technical aspects of farming, but they’re learning proper administration of profits for the sustainability of their projects. They’re producing cucumbers, papayas, guavas, tomatoes, and other agricultural products as a result of the alliance with Food For The Poor and ANF.
- Greater Impact Agricultural Development has been a very successful project. It has helped more than 25,000 people with the planting of bean seeds, bean grain, papaya farms and greenhouses. Food For The Poor has converted individual farmers into Certified Bean Seed producers, authorized and supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture. This will create better crops and better profits, since the product is officially certified and ready to be exported.
- Life for nearly 72,000 children in some of the most rural regions of Nicaragua has been greatly improved, thanks to a McGovern-Dole Food for Education grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The grant was awarded to Food For The Poor to cover a three-year span from the fall of 2011 to the fall of 2014. During the three-year period, more than 4,500 metric tons of food was distributed to the most impoverished communities. The majority of the recipients were school-age children who benefited from the feeding programs in 774 schools, located in Managua, Nueva Segovia and Madriz
- Food For The Poor also used grant money from the Fossil Foundation to provide 28 rural schools in Nicaragua with access to solar power, the Internet and computers through the pilot program, Luces Para Aprender. The project began in 2014 with the assistance of the charity’s in-country partners, ANF and Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI). The isolated schools are in the departments of Nueva Segovia and Rivas, in the municipalities of Macueliso, Jalap, Ocotal, San Fernando and Tolas. There’s a great need for solar-powered technology. OEI has identified more than 6,040 schools in the country that do not have access to electricity.