Our work in Nicaragua

Children using a woodturning lathe
Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the world. Youth and child labour is very widespread, and where there is child labour, there is always exploitation. Young people working in rural areas also need special support.
Even though they take on a lot of responsibility to help support their families, children and young people have hardly any say in their own lives. Children and young people are often left on their own because their parents have gone to look for work elsewhere. This means that the young people really cannot afford to continue with school and education. Instead, they take poorly paid jobs. Many young people also see migration as the only way out for themselves, either to a bigger city or to the USA.

The next generation
Another important area is sustainable farming. Agriculture is in a precarious state because of poor soil conditions due to overuse of chemicals, monoculture farming and water shortages. The partner organisations of terre des hommes schweiz promote sustainable farming methods and help farming families to organise themselves into groups. Knowledge about land use is important if sustainable changes are to be made, but so too are the social aspects. That is why farmers are assisted in voicing their concerns and demanding their rights. Here again, supporting young people - the next generation - is vital.

Defending themselves and calling for peace
The partner organisations of terre des hommes schweiz support schooling and education for children and young people. They try to dialogue with the parents but also with the local authorities. The children and young people also learn how to defend themselves from abuse. They are supported when they talk to the perpetrators, but also when they go to a lawyer or to court. Joint projects are organised to combat the daily violence and try to find peaceful solutions to conflicts. They also focus on the specific situations often facing girls and young women.
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Help for young people from young people.

In all its work in every single country it is involved in, terre des hommes schweiz relies on the strengths of young people. That is why the training programme Youth2Youth has been developed and is growing constantly.