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You are making a difference in Nicaragua!

A glimpse of what your sponsored child’s life is like in Nicaragua:


  • Nicaraguan cuisine shares many flavors and ingredients with Mexican food. Corn and beans are staples, and garlic and onions season most dishes.
  • Nicaraguans enjoy “tamales,” but their version is called a “nacatamal.” The dish is made of corn, rice, tomatoes, chili, potatoes, cassava root, and meat, and is wrapped in a leaf from a banana-like plant.
  • Nicaraguans drink coffee with hot milk at breakfast and black coffee with sugar for the rest of the day.


  • School in Nicaragua is free and compulsory for children ages 7 to 12.
  • The school year runs from February to November. All schooling is in Spanish.
  • Children receive grades similar to children in America, on a scale from 1-100.


  • Nicaraguan dance and music vary among regions. Best-known Nicaraguan music is the “mestizaje,” in which women wear cotton shirts and long skirts, while men wear a traditional shirt with white pants, hat, and sandals.
  • Folkloric dance is an enduring art form predating Colonial times.
  • Nicaragua is famous for its ceramics and earthenware, and other craftwork, including silverwork, woodcarving, embroidery, and sculpting.


Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. Nicaragua’s capital, The multi-ethnic population of 6 million includes indigenous peoples, Europeans, Africans, and Asians. Nearly one-fifth of Nicaragua is designated as protected, including national parks, nature reserves, and biological reserves. The biological diversity, warm tropical climate, and active volcanoes make Nicaragua an increasingly popular tourist destination.

  • Population: 6.2 million
  • Language: Spanish
  • Capital: Managua


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.


  • You are increasing family income through entrepreneurship, micro-enterprises, technical assistance, savings groups, and finance education.
  • You are teaching families about the importance of early childhood education, which helps children at school and enhances their emotional and cognitive intelligence.
  • You are increasing educational opportunities through the construction of school infrastructure, such as latrines, school cafeterias, and classrooms.

You are about to embark on a new FH Donor Experience

If you need assistance, please contact us at donorhelp@fh.org or 866-307-3259.

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.