Nicaragua Children

About Nicaragua

One-third of all Nicaraguan children never enroll in elementary school, fail to attend, or drop out before reaching the sixth grade. The majority of these children drop out in first grade, before they learn the reading and math skills they need to succeed in life. Other risks that threaten the well-being of Nicaragua's children and youth are malnutrition, teenage pregnancy and early marriages, child trafficking and sexual exploitation, gang involvement and HIV and AIDS.

Facts About

More than 6 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 10 years

23 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $4 a day

Our Work

Since 1980, Save the Children has worked to improve the lives of Nicaraguan children and families living in poverty. After the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in 1998, our Nicaragua Country Office concentrated its efforts in the heavily affected departments of Chinandega and Leon.

Save the Children focuses on improving maternal infant, and child healthcare and works in partnership with the Ministry of Health to reach thousands of children living in remote and rural communities who might not otherwise have access to health services. We monitor growth rates, vaccinate, distribute vitamins, and educate young people about proper hygiene and sanitation. We train community health care workers to treat the most common childhood diseases including diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia.

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 7,678
from harm

supported 102,874
in times of crisis

provided 642,584 children
with a healthy start in life

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2015 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2015; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2015; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2015

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