poorest country in Latin America


most disaster-prone nation in Latin America


of the population live in extreme poverty


of people are in informal employment, one of the highest rates in Latin America

About Nicaragua

Nicaragua is a multicultural, multi-ethnic country of more than six million inhabitants, of whom 15 per cent are indigenous peoples.

Although it is one of the poorest countries in Central America, the economy has been growing thanks to strong policies, foreign trade and tourism. However there are major inequalities: 30 per cent of the population live in extreme poverty (earning less than £1.45 per day) – four fifths of these live in rural areas.

The past 40 years have been marred by civil war and natural disasters, which have hindered Nicaragua’s development. In particular, Hurricane Mitch, which tore through the country in 1998, killed thousands and left one fifth of the population homeless.

As one of Latin America’s least developed countries, access to basic services, including healthcare and education, remains severely limited.

How we do it


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Disaster Risk Reduction

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Church & Community Transformation

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Our Work in Nicaragua

Tearfund has been working in Nicaragua since 1972, providing humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of a massive earthquake which had hit the country’s capital, Managual.

Today, we continue to work through church networks and local partner organisations to transform communities in a number of ways including:

  • Promoting sustainable development
  • Helping communities recover as quickly as possible from natural disasters
  • Training churches and their leaders to advocate for community needs in




families received cash grants during the recent two-year drought.


church leaders have been promoting the current protection laws for children and adolescents.


people from the Miskito ethnic group have received health assistance.


people have benefitted from basic grain parcels and vegetable gardens.

Pray for our work

  • Give thanks that the poverty rate has been decreasing in recent years; pray that many more people will be pulled out of poverty.
  • Praise God that through the work of local church networks, communities will be better able to withstand the impact of any future disasters.
  • Pray that we would empower and equip churches to respond to local needs and bring transformation to their communities.
  • Pray that marginalised communities would become better able to access basic services, particularly healthcare.

Stories from Nicaragua

  • Fifty years, fifty countries: Nicaragua

    Nicaragua is a multicultural, multi-ethnic country of more than six million inhabitants, of whom 15 per cent are from indigenous people groups. Tearfund has been working there since 1972, following a massive earthquake that hit the country’s capital, Managua.

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  • The Nicaraguan grandma bringing health and hope to her village

    San Jerónimo village in north-eastern Nicaragua has a big problem with healthcare. The nearest health facility is 27 miles away, which can only be reached by trekking through dense jungle or somehow crossing the Río Coco. Santa Elena had seen too many people she knew die unnecessarily and was determined to do something to help.

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  • Sharing the blessings

    Violeta Hernández is a project manager for one of Tearfund’s partners in Nicaragua. She shares with us what keeps her going in the face of hardship and suffering in her country.

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