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Where We Work

Nicaragua Map
Country Office Headquarters
Residencial las Colinas Primera entrada, 1½ Cuadras al Este, Casa #D-8 Apartado Postal: A-184 Managua, Nicaragua
Ciudad Sandino
District/Distrito VII

Children playing

Featured Partner Project

Estelí Preschool Construction

With the construction of a preschool in La Chiriza, Estelí, 150 children benefited and can now access early education in this educational centre, providing them with better physical conditions in classrooms, playground areas, healthy meals and adequate sanitation. 

Children attending this preschool range from 2 to 6 years old, mostly from poor families living in neighbourhoods of District I (southwest of the town of Estelí). The social role of the preschool is very important because it ensures education for vulnerable children and helps them to develop their potential.



“Now I know my rights and how to demand them. I am a more expressive teenager. I have more tools to make daily decisions. My friends look to me for advice, and that makes me feel important.”

Dayana, 16, member of a youth group called JUPAC

Our Work in Action

Girl stands outside newly built latrines at her school
Girls laughing as they learn through play
A Canadian sponsor visits her sponsored child and his mother
Children holding sports balls received through gift catalogue

Christian Children's Fund of Canada partners with government, organizations and communities, which share our values and goals

Together, we help communities become self-sustaining


Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke and Dr. Verent Mills start work with Chinese war orphans


Dr. Clarke creates China's Children Fund (CCF)


CCF expands its work from Asia into the Middle East after WWII. Renames itself Christian Children's Fund


CCF has global reach, and Canadian support leads to the creation of Christian Children's Fund of Canada

Our History
in Nicaragua

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada has been working with communities in Nicaragua since 1994. We work in partnership with the Government of Nicaragua, private sector and local organizations to help improve life for children, their families and their communities in five key sectors: education; health and nutrition; sustainable economic growth; strengthening community organizations; water; as well as sanitation and hygiene.

How We Work

Focus on Children
Children are at the centre of all we do.
Life Stages
CCFC helps families support the healthy growth and development of children from infancy through childhood to adolescence and young adulthood.
Implementation Through Partners
We are proud of our work with Canadian and international partners that transforms the lives of children, families and communities for the better.
Community Development Across Sectors
We focus on five priorities: health and nutrition; education; water, sanitation and hygiene; sustainable economic growth; and strengthening community organizations.

Our Team

headshot of country director, Maria Isabel
Maria Isabel Lopez
Country Director
Responsible for the overall success of the work in our Country Offices, the Country Director leads and manages CCFC’s in-country strategic growth and direction, program development, international and domestic partnerships and day-to-day operations.
Tomás Donaire
Tomas Donaire
Program Manager
In this diverse and multi-faceted role, the Program Manager is responsible for providing guidance to local partners in the planning of programs and projects to achieve social impact, for monitoring implementation, and for reporting. 
Carlos Maturana
Finance Manager
The Finance Manager is responsible for coordinating and tracking all in-country revenue and expenditures, managing financial reporting relationships between partners, and ensuring financial accountability and transparency through close monitoring and auditing of accounts.
Maria-Teresa Cardoza
Sponsorship Manager
Through engaging closely with local partners and community members, the Sponsorship Manager is responsible for developing and facilitating the implementation of CCFC’s in-country sponsorship program.
Enmanuel Castro
Communications Manager
The Communications Manager is responsible for building the profile of CCFC in-country and internationally, through strategic activities in media and government relations, brand recognition, content development, ambassador and guest visit facilitation, networking and awareness raising.

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