Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America. According to the World Bank, one-fourth of the the total population lives below the poverty line for this country, with approximately 30% living on less than $2 a day.
We had the opportunity to see what this reality looks like for a few people we met in February. Mateo (pictured at right) is a five-year-old whose daily routine is roaming the streets with his brother, Manuel, looking for spare food or change.
Another child we met was Eva (at top), a four-year-old girl who was walking with her grandmother through the local dump.
Sadly, for families like Eva’s, their daily routine is to search among the piles of trash at the local dump for plastic products that can be recycled for money.
The majority of these people either live in a home made of trash on the dump grounds or on the edge of the dump.
We know we cannot change the system. However, we believe that a gospel-centered education can provide young children like Mateo and Eva with the hope of Christ. We believe that the Oasis of Grace Christian Academy will bless children like them with an education essential for breaking the cycle of poverty their families face.
World Bank. “Poverty headcount ratio at national poverty lines (% of population).” Nicaragua. The World Bank Group, 2016, https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SI.POV.NAHC?locations=NI