Oyanca 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.


76 unemployed youth completed vocational courses in areas such as motorcycle repair, pharmacy, and cosmetology and learned to develop business plans so they could gain employment and generate family income. To improve the nutrition of children under age 5, we partnered with the Ministry of Health to provide families with vegetable seeds and training on how to cultivate gardens with a variety of nutritious foods. 28 special needs boys and girls benefited when we provided them with healthcare, orthopedic shoes, specialized wheelchairs, and transportation to medical evaluations. To motivate children to stay in school, 62 boys and girls were provided with special tutoring in language and math that improved their academic performance. To prepare young people to respond to emergency situations, we partnered with the fire department and the Red Cross to train members of church youth groups on first aid, rescue techniques, fire extinguishers, and communication systems. 97 children and youth from our child rights networks met with community leaders to advocate for decisions that affect the lives of young people. Five young people from the community were trained in communication skills so they could present public service announcements on the radio about Christian values and the prevention of violence.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Advocacy|


  • Nicaragua>Esteli


  • Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection

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