Children’s ministry launch in Nicaragua

Funding required: $40,000

This project will help: 160 children in Nancimi, Tola, Nicaragua

Child development centre: NI0331, Centro de desarrollo Integral Llamados para Triunfar

Summary

Nancimi is a community with scarce resources. The majority of the population is unemployed. Those who do work earn about C$70/month, and parents struggle to provide the basic necessities for their children, including nutritious food, health care and school fees. Sadly, nearly one in four young children in Nicaragua experience moderate or severe stunting in their growth due to a lack of proper nutrition.

The rate of pregnancy among young women and adolescents in Nicaragua is high; 28 per cent of women aged 20 to 24 years old have given birth before age 18. Many babies in Nancimi are born to parents who don’t know how to properly care for and protect them. Children growing up without opportunities for education and a brighter future are likely to follow in their parents’ footsteps, pursuing menial jobs and continuing the cycle of poverty.

But the local church in Nancimi has a deep desire to reach out to their community with the transforming gospel of Christ and respond to some of the most pressing needs of children.

By opening a child development centre, children will have access to health care. They will receive supplementary food as needed. They will have the opportunity to go to school and receive vocational training. They will receive age-appropriate Christian teaching and discipleship, as well as education on important topics like health, hygiene and how to form healthy relationships. And they will also receive personal attention, guidance and love from caring Christian community members. Until the children find sponsors, Compassion will cover the sponsorship costs for each child.

Real and lasting change happens when children are developed to become the adults who will create change in their community. In Compassion’s program, children learn they are loved, they begin to develop hope for their future, and they realize that God wants to use them to help others. And these children grow up to be givers and leaders in their community.

Help children build a new future free from poverty and full of promise by launching a holistic children’s ministry!

Children’s ministry launch

Church name: Iglesia Bautista Cristo Viene, Nancimi

Community information

Nancimi is a small, mountainous community of 1,500 people in western Nicaragua. The closest major city is Rivas. Many adults work in animal herding, domestic services, day labour, factories, street vending, fishing and subsistence farming. The unemployment rate is extremely high at 80 per cent. A typical family home is made from a tin roof, wood walls and a dirt floor. The main diet consists of bananas, beans, beef, bread, cassava and chicken. Many people in Nancimi have not heard or understood the gospel.

What is provided through this gift

Centre staffing
  • Staff training
  • Staff salaries
Child registration and caregiver orientation
  • Registration day items
  • Camera
Minor building enhancements
  • Building repairs
Administrative equipment and supplies
  • Office computer and printer
  • Office filing cabinets and shelves
  • Office desk and chair
  • Office supplies
Classroom furnishings and supplies
  • Tables and chairs
  • Toys, games and minor sports equipment
  • Teaching resources and supplies
  • Curriculum printing
Kitchen furnishings and supplies
  • Tables and chairs
  • Cooking pots, pans and cooking utensils
  • Cups, bowls and cutlery
  • Storage cabinets and closets
Health checkups and supplies
  • First-aid kits
Sponsorship Costs
  • Sponsorship costs for each child until the children find sponsors
Help a church in Nicaragua open a holistic child development ministry.
80%

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.