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Overview

Communities Communities
7 communities
Community-Led Actions Community-Led Actions
49 current projects
People Served People Served
2,415 direct beneficiaries

NICARAGUA

Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Latin America, with more than 40 percent of the population living below the poverty line. Poverty most severely affects Nicaraguans living in rural areas, which make up 50 percent of the nation’s population.

Outreach International is working in 7 communities where community members are pursuing the creation of small business loan programs, construction of low-smoke eco-stoves, and road-improvement projects.

Brushin’ Up!

Outreach Nicaragua team member, Ricardo, and Peace Corps volunteer, Freddy, teamed up recently to acquire nearly 800 dental care kits from Colgate’s “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures” program to promote the benefits of regular oral hygiene among...

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Issues And Impact

About 15 percent of the population of Nicaragua lacks access to safe drinking water. Water-related diseases like diarrhea and typhoid fever are of high concern, especially in children. Before Outreach began working in Nicaragua, none of the communities we now work in had access to clean drinking water.

In the communities we work in, more than 50 percent of families now have access to safe drinking water. Helping villages access clean water is a constant priority for us, and we strive to access safe water for all families in Nicaragua.

In Nicaragua, 40 percent of children under the age of five are suffering from malnourishment. Because young children have not yet fully developed their immune systems, they're at greater risk for hunger and malnourishment.

Since Outreach began working in Nicaragua, our family feeding program has helped 27 times more children, women and men find nourishment than ever before, including a school feeding program.

Three out of every 10 children are without access to education in Nicaragua. And in rural areas, with even fewer educational facilities nearby, schooling becomes even more difficult to access. For the children living in poverty who are able to attend school, schools supplies are nearly impossible to obtain.

When Outreach began working in Nicaragua, none of the children we worked with had access to school supplies. Now, years later, 53 percent of children in our communities have access to every school supply they need, and we are continuing to help the remaining children access supplies.

In Nicaragua, many women use a native, traditional stove in their homes, burning several pieces of wood over an open flame. Unaware of the health concerns, they subject themselves and their children to a smoke-filled house, and potentially, respiratory and eye diseases.

In Nicaragua, communities are building smokeless stoves, reducing 90-100 percent of smoke in homes. These stoves statistically decrease the amount of respiratory and eye diseases by 60-70 percent. Now, Outreach has increased the use of smokeless stoves 15-fold in our communities.

In Nicaragua, roads high above the ravine have proven unsafe for traveling, making transportation of produce and medicines difficult. All of the families in our Nicaraguan communities have been negatively affected by these conditions, and multiple injuries have been reported. During the rainy season, these pathways become even more treacherous.

84 percent of Outreach communities have access to safe road conditions, which allows them to get in and out of their villages with food and medicines without any injuries.

People And Communities

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We're making sure children in our communities access school supplies, like backpacks and textbooks.
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In our schools, children are learning health and sanitation practices, like washing their hands before eating.
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Our water projects have helped more than half of our villages in Nicaragua access clean water.

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