San Nicolas Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


29 adolescents took part in a World-Vision sponsored income generation project that provided them with vocational training in baking and carpentry, business skills, and a Christian emphasis on moral values and decision-making. To improve the nutritional status of boys and girls, we established 194 household gardens where families are growing tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and squash to boost their children's meals with vitamin-rich foods. 78 mothers of children under age 5 attended our nutrition sessions on providing protein-rich, diverse meals for children to improve their health and prevent malnutrition. 25 community health workers taught mothers about exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months to prevent malnutrition in babies. To protect children from water-related illness and improve community sanitation, 110 boys and girls between 6 and 12 were trained in handwashing and personal hygiene. 113 peer educators were trained to tutor their struggling classmates in math and reading. The tutors helped 122 students improve their academic performance. 84 adults and 16 youth were equipped to respond to emergency situations when we partnered with the fire department and Red Cross to train them on first aid, rescue techniques, fire extinguishers, and communication systems. Together with local law enforcement officials and judges, World Vision educated 139 community members about protecting child rights and reporting cases of child abuse. Through an agreement between World Vision and the Nicaraguan Supreme Court of Justice, eight judicial facilitators were appointed as community representatives who can assist families in ensuring that their children's rights are protected.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Disability|Advocacy|


  • Nicaragua>Esteli>San Nicolas


  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection

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