“Visually stunning” may be the best way to describe this Central American country that boasts lush valleys and rainforests, stunning mountains, lakes and volcanoes, picturesque beaches, and Spanish-colonial towns among its most beautiful features. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east, the largest country in Central America truly is a feast for the senses.
Unfortunately, Nicaragua is also the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with limited access to education, employment and resources such as sanitation facilities and medication. Damage from frequent extreme weather conditions has limited economic growth and the government’s ability to make improvements throughout the country, in particular to the education sector. Access and quality are poor, especially at the secondary level. This has left nearly 17.2% of the population illiterate (CIA World FactBook, 2015) and 25.9% of 10 to 17 year olds engaged in economic activity (ILO, 2012).
Literacy Rate (CIA World FactBook, 2015)
Average years of schooling (UNDP, 2018)
Of 10-17 year olds engaged in economic activity (ILO, 2012)
WE Charity’s history in Nicaragua goes back to the late 1990s, when we were able to construct or rehabilitate many classrooms and schools in the country. Our work has grown to include working in several communities in the Central Pacific Region of the country to implement the WE Villages program, with a focus on providing access to education for children. Through our work so far we have:
In every country where WE Villages operates, we tailor our programs to meet the unique needs of the communities we work with, while still adhering to our five Pillars of Impact. Read how these have been implemented in Nicaragua.