Nicaragua

Name:
E-mail:
Message:

Empowered youth help make the streets safer

José

Two years ago, if José saw a girl on the street he would whistle and yell taunts. “That would make me feel macho”. He and his friends used to see his neighborhood as his territory and no adolescent or young person could enter without getting in to “trouble”, but now his vision is pretty different. “I interact with other adolescents to make them see that violence is useless”.

In 2013, we met three children living in one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in Managua to film their story. José, 19, Byron, 22, and Dayana, 17, live in Las Torres, a community troubled by violence and fights over territory between neighbourhood gangs. Poverty and scant education and job opportunities have caused youth to see gangs as the answer. 

Your generosity is helping youth make the streets safer.

CCFC donors support a violence and crime prevention program called United Youth Thinking and Taking Action (JUPAC). Since 2011, the youth group has given more than 50 children, ages 13 to 23, an opportunity to organize community events, including fairs, sports leagues and educational sessions on topics such as child rights. More than 2,000 children living in Las Torres and Hilario Sánchez have enjoyed a safe place to learn, play and gain life skills.

“[Since joining JUPAC at age 18] my life has changed completely,” says Byron. “I was very shy and quiet. I had trouble making friends. I started to participate, to share my opinions, and to be a leader. It awoke in me a desire to support my community and make it better.”

“Now, I know my rights and how to demand them,” shares Dayana, a member of JUPAC since 2012. “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.”

And José is an active member in JUPAC. He inspires children in the community by sharing his own story and pursuing a career in graphic design. 

 

What We Do

We work to protect and improve the lives of children by helping them realize their basic human rights – nutritious food, clean water, health care and education. We empower children to grow up confident, know their rights, be active in the community, and take the lead in their own change. 
Read our blog below.

Categories

  • View All
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Education
  • Sustainable Economic Growth
  • Strengthening Community Organizations
ajax New report highlights success of irregular migration program
It’s time for CCFC to be more intentional about addressing gender equality
Nuevo informe destaca destaca éxito de programa
It’s time for CCFC to be more intentional about addressing gender equality (ES)
Teens get a preventative preview of parenthood
Teens get a preventative preview of parenthood (ES)
Inspiring children to believe in themselves
Inspiring children to believe in themselves (ES)
Canadian students video chat with Nicaraguan counterparts (ES)
Canadian students video chat with Nicaraguan counterparts
A donor’s gift transforms a girl’s health and well-being
A donor’s gift transforms a girl’s health and well-being (ES)
What it meant to me to meet my sponsored child
What it meant to me to meet my sponsored child (ES)
Moving from fear to a place of confidence and positive change
Moving from fear to a place of confidence and positive change (ES)
Parents learn how to keep their children safe from unseen dangers
Parents learn how to keep their children safe from unseen dangers (ES)
How a student group is inspiring youth to stay in school
How a student group is inspiring youth to stay in school (ES)
Dream big: Inspiring students to stay in school (ES)
Dream big: Inspiring students to stay in school
New bathrooms translate to better health and education (ES)
New bathrooms translate to better health and education
Emocionados por recibir materiales escolares
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada celebra XV Festival Artístico de la Niñez y Adolescencia
CCFC y TFCF inaugura tres nuevas aulas en Estelí
Children will enjoy new classrooms in Estelí
Nicaragua, Taiwán y Canadá impulsan proyecto que beneficiara a estudiantes de primaria
Nicaraguan, Taiwanese and Canadian Cooperation promote youth entrepreneurism in Estelí.
Cooperación Nicaragüense, Taiwanesa y Canadiense promueve emprendedurismo juvenil en Estelí.
A RENOVATED Preschool
Nicaraguan mothers thankful for upgraded health post
Gift Catalogue – Help Start a Business
Twelve years ago, the community of Barrio Manuel Fernández, Nicaragua, looked very different.
La juventud empoderada ayuda a hacer más seguras las calles
Twelve years ago, the community of Barrio Manuel Fernández, Nicaragua, looked very different.
Gift Catalogue – Help Start a Business
Celebrating our Graduated Communities
Maria Ernestina Martinez
Nicaraguan mothers thankful for upgraded health post
A RENOVATED Preschool

A member of ChildFund Alliance