Our Work in Nicaragua
Nicaragua is the third poorest country in the Americas. In Nicaragua, we work with poor communities, helping them to improve people’s lives.
The Center for Development in Central America (CDCA) is a project of the Jubilee House Community, Inc., (JHC), a non-profit organization. It has 501(c)(3) status in the U.S. and International Mission status in Nicaragua.
Our goal is to work in partnership with communities and cooperatives to facilitate empowerment. This enables them to find their own solutions to the problems they identify and connects them with resources to solve their problems. Our job is not to tell others what to do, but to first listen to the needs and then respond as we are able.
The CDCA’s mission is to enable communities to become self-sufficient, sustainable, democratic entities.
In 1994, our work began in Ciudad Sandino, the most densely populated city in Nicaragua, and one of the poorest. Ciudad Sandino has long been the dumping ground for refugees from natural disasters and violence. Invited to work with the poor in Ciudad Sandino, we work in four main areas, integrating appropriate technology into each of them.
These areas are:
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Sustainable Economic Development
- Health Care
Our sustainable agriculture and sustainable economic development projects extend across the western side of Nicaragua. Our health work focuses primarily on families living within Ciudad Sandino, while also reaching out to include those living in neighboring rural communities. Meanwhile, our educational outreach has extended into the United States, Canada, Northern Ireland, Ireland, and Taiwan. We are open to being more global.
We work to connect Nicaraguans with others from around the world who have access to all types of resources. Financial resources, professional expertise, time & energy, creative problem-solving, and physical assistance are all needed. We hope you will help.