Facts About Our Work in Nicaragua
As of August 2017, Food For The Poor has shipped 177 tractor-trailer loads of critically needed supplies to Nicaragua.
- More than 23,579 housing units have been built in Nicaragua
- More than 334 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. As of August 2017, Food For The Poor has shipped 177 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.
- As of August 2017, Food For The Poor has constructed 832 housing units, and has built a total of 23,579 housing units since inception.
- In 2016, Food For The Poor built 210 of 239 homes within a new housing village in the town of El Limonal, Chinandega, for families living near the town’s garbage dump. Each home has an inside bathroom equipped with a sink, shower and toilet. The remaining 29 homes will be completed by the end of 2017.
- In 2016, Food For The Poor received approval from the government to start phase II for an additional 30 homes in a village in the coastal town of Jiquilillo, Chinandega, for the families that are plagued by floodwater from rising tides. Phase II will be completed by the end of 2017. The first set of 30 homes was built by a generous donor in 2015.
- In 2015, Food For The Poor helped to relocate 84 families that were living in deteriorating homes built on top of a labyrinth of old gold-mining tunnels in Malpaisillo, León, Nicaragua. Food For The Poor and ANF worked to secure safe land for these families who were moved to a new village in the town of Santa Pancha, which also has a community center and chicken coop project.
- 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, 334 children receive shelter and an education.
- There is an Agricultural Training Center in Tipitapa, Nicaragua, where local farmers are being trained in the technical aspects of farming and the proper administration of profits for the sustainability of their projects. They’re producing cucumbers, papayas, guavas, tomatoes, and other agricultural products as 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.
- 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, American Nicaraguan Foundation (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.