Nicaragua is the third poorest country in the Americas with more than 80 percent of Nicaragua's 5.5 million people struggle to live on less than $2 a day. The quality of children's education is low. It takes an average of 10.3 years to complete the mandatory six years of schooling, and only 29 per cent of children complete primary schooling. Throughout the country public safety has deteriorated in recent years and domestic violence, rape, sexual abuse and murder of women is on the rise.
What we do
Since 1979, Save the Children has worked to improve the lives of Nicaraguan children and families living in poverty. We work in some of the most isolated and economically disadvantaged regions of Nicaragua—areas which have been historically marginalized. It is here that we find the highest levels of infant mortality, illiteracy and unemployment. We work with local governments and highly respected local NGO partners on programs to improve the level and pertinence of education, as well as to prevent labor and sexual abuse and exploitation of children and youth. Save the Children also supports nutrition programs to improve food security, emergency relief, economic development and water and sanitation.
Master’s program on child rights
Save the Children Canada supports a network of eight universities in the region in the realization of a Master’s Program in Children’s Rights. Forty seven students have graduated from this program to date from the University of Managua. These young professionals are now occupying important positions in non-profit organizations and government agencies. Children throughout the continent are benefiting from improved local and national policies and higher quality programs that respond to their needs and the needs of their families.
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