Nicaragua is rich in both beauty and natural resources. In addition to the mountains, beaches, and forests, brightly-colored architecture from the Spanish colonization adds charm to Nicaragua’s cities. Gold, silver, and copper are just a few of the natural riches that are found there in abundance.
However, despite these advantages, Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western hemisphere, following Haiti. Having worked for more than a decade in nearby El Salvador, Homes from the Heart has decided to answer some of the needs that Nicaraguans face daily, especially that of decent shelter.
Having done limited work in Managua, we're now expanding our work in Matagalpa, a beautiful region in the mountains where farmers grow coffee. It's known as the "Land of Eternal Spring" because of it's year-round, spring-like weather.
There is also a great need among the poor in Nicaragua for housing. Many families live in structures made out of scraps of plastic tarps and corrugated tin like the one pictured below on the left. To the right, you'll see their new home just after construction was finished.
Whether you're motivated to travel and help build a home, or to donate ($7,500 builds a home for a family, and every bit helps), you can be the reason that a family like this one has a safe, dry place to call home.