Nestled between Honduras and Costa Rica, Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, boasting a population of nearly 6 million. Nicaraguan culture has strong folklore, music and religious traditions, deeply influenced by European culture, but enriched with Amerindian sounds and flavors. With a warm tropical climate, Nicaragua is becoming increasingly popular among tourists, surfers, and biologists.
People live simply in Nicaragua. The United Nations reports that 80% of the population lives on less than $2 a day, making it the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Having suffered a debilitating civil war in the late 1970s, Nicaraguans continue to feel the tremendous affects of war. With little means of production in-country, most things are imported from the United States. As you can imagine, the cost of living is very high. Most of the students in our program have cardboard walls, mud floors, and suffer from malnutrition. The photos on this page show the everyday realities of our students and their families.
Find out a bit more about Nicaragua at any of these sites:
UNdata – Data complied by the United Nations
Nicaragua WFP – World Food Programme
WHO Nicaragua – The World Health Organization’s profile of Nicaragua
A Country Study: Nicaragua – From the US Library of Congress, the report’s text body reflects information available as of December 1993 and other portions of the text have been updated
EU and Nicaragua – The European Union and Nicaragua