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Nicaragua is the largest country in the Central American isthmus. Nicaragua’s capital, Managua, is the country’s largest city and the third-largest city in Central America. The multi-ethnic population of six million includes indigenous peoples, Europeans, Africans and Asians. While the main language is Spanish, native tribes on the eastern coast speak their own languages. Nearly one fifth of Nicaragua is designated as protected areas like national parks, nature reserves, and biological reserves. The biological diversity, warm tropical climate and active volcanoes make Nicaragua an increasingly popular tourist destination.

  • Capital: Managua
  • Population: 6.218 million
  • Language: Spanish
  • Nicaragua is home to the world’s only “Dual Volcano,” which is fed underground by two separate magma flows.

Our History in Nicaragua

In 1972, FH began working in Nicaragua in response to a devastating earthquake that killed 6,000, injured 20,000 and left over 250,000 homeless. Since then, FH has focused efforts on long-term development work in agriculture, education, income generation and disaster risk reduction through community resilience.

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Stories From Nicaragua

Water, Life, and Hope Flowing in Nicaragua

Franklin and his family live in the Plan Grande community in Nicaragua. His community faced many hardships, one of the most grueling being the lack of access to clean water. Franklin often felt frustrated and hopeless about his community’s situation. That is until Franklin and his fellow community members created


Key Challenges

28% of children in rural areas do not attend primary school | 40% of the country has no access to health services | Around 30% of the population lives on less than $2 a day

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Gift Policy:
You may send small, flat paper-based items that can fit into a standard #10 size envelope, have a value of less than $5 dollars and weigh less than 4 ounces. We ask that you send small, flat items of this size because shipping is expensive and even small gift items can cause issues clearing customs.
You can send postcards or photographs, however, we ask that you visit here for more details about culturally appropriate guidelines for photos and other images. Please write the child’s ID # on the back of each item that you enclose with your letter to ensure that it reaches him/her.
Best gifts to send your sponsored child:
  • Paper dolls
  • Postcards
  • Pictures of yourself or family
  • Sports cards, individual cards (baseball, soccer, football)
  • Stickers (flat, paper-based, only a few at a time)
  • Paper-based simple bookmarks, stationery, drawing, or writing paper (single sheets)
  • Coloring pages (single sheets, not books)
  • Please do NOT send:
  • Monetary gifts
  • Liquids, candy, or food
  • Batteries or magnets
Please note, all items should be compliant with airline transport and safety regulations. Gifts that don’t meet the gift policy will be donated to a local Christian non-profit organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that works with low-income families. We will not be able to return them.