Projects in Nicaragua

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.

Protect and strengthen working children

The poverty and unemployment in Nicaragua have a particularly hard impact on young people. When parents abandon their families to go looking for work, the children have to take on responsibility for the rest of the family. This means that girls, especially, stop going to school and look after the house instead or take a poorly paid job. Our partner organisation Asociacon Infantil “Tuktan Sirpi” in Jinotega and Yali develops the skills of young people, strengthens awareness of their rights and gives them also the opportunity to take some professional training.

Young people against violence

Bild from the project: "Youth against violence"
The region of Matagalpa in the north of Nicaragua is one of the country’s most densely populated areas. The difficult economic and social circumstances repeatedly lead to tensions and to a rural exodus. Young people in particular are despondent about their future and often opt for migration. Our partner organisation Asociación Centro Jurídico Popular (CJP) tries to deter people from leaving Matagalpa and teaches young people to become mediators. They also encourage participation in a youth radio station.

Young people defy their lack of prospects

Because of the high level of unemployment, young people in Nicaragua have next to no prospect of finding a job. As a result of this, many of them fall into a vicious circle of drugs, violence and crime. terre des hommes schweiz combats this lack of prospects with a fund for autonomous youth groups. This is used for a variety of initiatives and creative activities that allow young people to develop prospects for the future and break out of the spiral of poverty.

A safe environment for children and youth

Violence is a part of everyday life for many children and youth in Nicaragua. They experience violence within their families, in their neighbourhoods and on their way to school. Our partner organisation Funarte is committed to improving the lives of children and youth affected by violence. Parents, teachers and the local mayor are actively made responsible for the children’s safety. Given that early pregnancies are very common in Nicaragua, a particular focus of this project is the provision of sex education for young people.

Basic information

Vereinfachte Landkarte von Nicaragua

Size: 129 494 km² (3,1 times Switzerland)

Population: 6,1 Mio. (0,7 times Switzerland)

Human Development Index: 0.645 (Rank 124 of 185 Countries)

Income distribution in %: 76,7 (0 = Equal distribution / 100% = one person owns everthing)

Share of population from 0 to 24 years: 51,7% (Switzerland: 26,5%)

Murder rate: 11,3 of 100 000 Inhabitants (Switzerland: 0,6)

Unemployment rate: 24,4%

Key project area: Education and income, prevention of violence

Programme Coordinator

Anette Homlicher
Programme Coordinator Nicaragua und Kolumbien
061 338 91 48 |
Anette HomlicherProgramme Coordinator Nicaragua und Kolumbien

061 338 91 48 |