Health and Nutrition Program

In Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, 17% of children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition. The short-term implications of malnutrition – weight loss and low energy, will eventually lead to long-term developmental complications — stunted growth and learning disabilities. Communities cannot thrive if their children cannot reach their full potential. Namlo is committed to increasing access to a nutritious diet for children in Nicaragua. 

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Families in Nicaragua want to be able to earn an income, feed their families nutritious food and ensure they kids are getting a good education, much like families in the US. Namlo is partnering with 4 rural communities to support the communities to achieve these objectives. Based on the previous model of using relatively low-cost green houses to support the production of organic vegetables, Namlo will rely on the expertise from the field staff, and the strengths in the communities to support community driven approaches. Each of the four communities: Salmerón, El Quebracho, Los Pinares, and Barrio Nuevo have elected community improvement councils. In partnership with these councils, Namlo will support the communities in the following:

  1. Installation of a green house
  2. Organic farming training and capacity building
  3. Developing an income generating business to support community improvement projects
  4. Identification and support in water conservation tactics
  5. Partnership building with other resources in Nicaragua
  6. School maintenance

 

Each of these objectives will be rooted in skills training to ensure that the community can sustain the solutions they incorporate into their communities with Namlo’s support.

Why is this important? Nicaragua is the poorest country in Latin America and many communities lack basic access to nutritious food, or water. Students attend school and are fed rice and sometimes beans for lunch. They sit in 20 year old desks with rusted nails and often share their school books. These students have so much potential to become doctors, engineers, teachers and more. The will is there, the energy is there, the commitment is there. What is missing is a little bit of support to help these communities provide the necessary nutrition, water and resources to their kids to succeed.

If you would like to support the work in Nicaragua, consider joining the Sustaining Donor Circle by becoming a monthly donor.