Facts About Our Work in Nicaragua
Food For The Poor (FFTP) has been working in Nicaragua since 1998, partnering with the American Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF). In March 2020, COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, became a pandemic and FFTP responded quickly to the crisis. The charity immediately shipped four tractor-trailer loads of food to Nicaragua. FFTP also sent funds to ANF for the purchase of emergency aid baskets that included beans, rice, corn or corn flour, fortified cereal, sugar, cooking oil, soap, chlorine and an educational pamphlet on COVID-19 preventive measures.
- ANF has been steadily working to deliver the food baskets to vulnerable families throughout the country. These baskets are being assembled at ANF’s warehouse and other facilities throughout Nicaragua and are being delivered monthly for three months to 9,330 families through local partners.
- Each family who receives a basket is taught how to properly wash their hands to prevent contracting coronavirus.
- ANF’s four program managers are working on ways to respond to the pandemic via small projects, which include food aid, water filters, agriculture to secure livelihoods and a steady family diet.
- By the end of June, there were 2,170 coronavirus cases, according worldometers.info.
The charity has nearly 50 active projects in Nicaragua. Community development projects have proved successful, providing different components such as housing, water, furniture, gardens, community centers, tools and medical clinics.
In the first six months of 2020, FFTP donors built 229 homes, for a total of 14,876 homes since inception.
In the first six months of 2020, FFTP donors built, repaired or expanded two schools.
The Central American country has 48 water projects to supply water through filtration and other distribution systems, including the Somoto gravity-fed water system. Somoto is located in the hills of northern Nicaragua, and the gravity-fed water system provides drinking water to 81 families.
FFTP works with 20 children’s home as part of the Angels Of Hope program. Through the program, 303 orphaned and abandoned children receive shelter and an education.
At an Agricultural Training Center in Tipitapa local farmers are being trained in the technical aspects of farming and are 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 FFTP and ANF.
- Apiculture has been another focus for impoverished Nicaraguans. Through beekeeping and honey production, groups of youths and adults are working together to sell honey and the byproducts such as: pollen, propolis (bee glue), beeswax for beauty products. Beeswax also is sold to other beekeepers around the country as well as queen bees, etc. Local bee farmers also are working on beekeeping projects in the Agriculture Training Center, ANF and Sweet Progress.
- Greater Impact Agricultural Development has been a very successful project. It has helped nearly 30,000 people with the planting of bean seeds, bean grain, papaya farms and construction of greenhouses. FFTP has converted individual farmers into Certified Bean Seed producers, authorized and supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture. This has helped to create better crops and profits.
- Nearly 80,000 participants are benefiting from the combination of the bean and bee projects
The population is approximately 6.2 million residents. The language is Spanish and Catholicism is the largest religion. The currency is the córdoba and the GDP per capita is $5,900.