Nicaragua Update: Hope Centers Reopened
Even as social instability and violence continues into a sixth month in Nicaragua, One Child Matters has reopened the doors of its Hope Centers throughout the country.
More than 500 people have been killed amid anti-government protests that began in mid-April, and Nicaraguan families are struggling as this crisis continues. The national economy has greatly weakened. An estimated 40 percent of the parents of our enrolled children have lost their jobs, and the cost of food has increased, making daily life even more difficult to survive. Additionally, more than 70 percent of the children have been emotionally affected, dealing with fear and trauma due to the conflict.
As we welcome children back into the Hope Centers, our Child Champions are focusing on psychosocial care – meeting their spiritual, emotional, and mental needs, in addition to the physical and social aspects. These caring counselors are working to instill a sense of resiliency within these children and bring much-needed normalcy back into their lives even as conflict continues around them. Child Champions and volunteer staff are also given space to reflect and renew as they strengthen the bonds of their teams in order to assist the children in their care.
Despite the violence and instability, God continues to work for good in Nicaragua, and One Child Matters is implementing its plan for growth there in order to serve more young people living in poverty.
Please continue to pray for our children, their families, our Hope Center staff, and the country of Nicaragua, and that peace and stability will be restored.