Nicaragua

Our support is largely focused on strengthening and promoting the rights of women and workers, and the Miskito communities on the Atlantic coast.


Challenges

With almost 30% of its population living in poverty (on less than $2 per day), Nicaragua ranks as one of the poorest countries on the American continent. An additional 8% of Nicaraguans find themselves in worse conditions, living in extreme poverty (surviving on less than $1.25). The greatest victims of these conditions are Nicaragua’s youth, whose education, health, and social integration suffer as a result. Approximately 50% of youth and adoloscents in Nicaraguan live in poverty.

According to a 2012 report published by UNICEF, only 48% of youth will successfully graduate from primary school. In addition, the report mentions that 500,000 youth and adolescents between the ages of 3 and 17 are not registered in the educational system at all. Education and support for youth and adolescents, continues to be a difficult problem for Nicaragua.

Poverty Levels in Nicaragua


What We Do

Horizons has partnered with Nicaraguan grassroots organizations since 1980, when the country began a process of reconstruction following the Somoza dictatorship. Since then, our support has focused largely on strengthening the co-op movement, promoting the rights of women and maquila workers, providing opportunities to youth, and working with Miskitu community on the Atlantic coast. Additionally, Horizons and its partners in Nicaragua work to:

  • Promote food security, agricultural cooperatives, and micro-credits,
  • Support basic education and healthcare,
  • Defend Indigenous, youth, and rural communities,
  • Empower youth and women – particularly maquila workers rights in the workplace, and combat gender-violence.

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Featured Projects

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Building a Youth Green Movement in Nicaragua,

Partner:
The Oscar Arnulfo Romero Association for Socio-Cultural Promotion (ACOAR)
Location:
Nandaime, Nicaragua
Project Duration:
Feb, 2017 - Jan, 2019

Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Puerto Cabezas and Waspam Rio Coco Communities

Partner:
The Association of Indigenous Women of the Atlantic (AMICA)
Location:
The municipalities of Puerto Cabezas and Waspam Rio Coco, Nicaragua
Project Duration:
February, 2017 - December, 2018

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Labour Rights in Nicaragua’s Free Trade Zones

Partner:
Maria Elena Cuadra's Working and Unemployed Women's Movement (MEC).
Location:
Managua, Nicaragua
Themes:
Jan, 2017 - Dec, 2018