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Nicaragua is the largest country in the Central American and is full with fertile lowland plains enriched by ashes from nearby volcanoes of the central highlands. Nicaragua's abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems contributes to Mesoamerica's designation as a biodiversity hotspot. The biological diversity, warm tropical climate, and active volcanoes make Nicaragua an amazing destination to explore.

Nevertheless, Nicaragua is the second poorest country in America. The country’s political instability and prevalent corruption is not only a serious threat to democracy, but has also resulted in extreme poverty. This high poverty rates, as well as nutritional and educational deficiencies, restrict Nicaragua from achieving its full potential. Most important contemporary development challenges in Nicaragua include high rates of rural poverty, food insecurity, low levels of access and quality of education, poor infrastructure and poor environmental awareness.

Our work
Reto Juvenil has been present in Nicaragua implementing programs focused on education development, community infrastructure and local environmental protection in order to meet better community conditions. Together with the RJI staff, volunteers have contributed with their time and skills to improve the social and economic welfare of the area.

Our current projects in Nicaragua include:

  • Environmental education programs.
  • Productive backyard projects.
  • Construction of improved kitchens.
  • Gender and women empowerment initiatives.
  • Educational infraestructure in rural communities.


Our communities:
During its contribution in Nicaragua, RJI has assisted a large number of communities in their process of growth and sustainable development. Nevertheless, to avoid dependency we normally work for periods of 3 to 5 years in a community, and after it is empowered enough to continue developing by itself, we continue our assistance to another community.

Currently, RJI is working in the following communities:

  • Granada
  • León
  • Managua
  • Matagalpa
  • Somoto.