In 2018, ANF continued its mission to serve the poorest and most vulnerable populations in Nicaragua through our programs in the areas of education, health, nutrition, housing, water and sanitation, agriculture and humanitarian aid. Learn more about how your support helped us transform lives and make an impact in 2018 by scrolling below.
CULTIVATING HOPE FOR CHOROTEGA WOMEN
Juana Rosa is an indigenuous woman from the Chorotega ethnic group in the community of Chilcauno, Totogalpa. She lives with her husband, Enrique, their three daughters, Exa, Yuris, Yerlin, and 4-month-old grandson José. Juana Rosa’s eldest daughter Exa, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a severe intellectual deficit and malnourishment at the age of three. Although Exa is now 28 years old, her mother and father have struggled for many years to provide a nutritious diet for her and the family.
In 2018, Juana Rosa joined ANF’s project with 29 other Chorotega women and received training, technical assistance, and supplies to improve their food security and access to water. With the training Juana Rosa received, she planted a garden where she grows onions, peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, and mint with seeds provided by ANF. A part of the harvest from the garden is for the family’s self-consumption and the rest is sold by Juana Rosa to purchase clothes, rice, sugar, coffee, cooking oil and her daughter Exa’s favorite kind of bread. “You always have to think about your children, specially Exa who relies on me; with what I sell I can buy them their favorite food. I feel happy that I can help.”
Before the project with ANF, Juana Rosa used to walk 4 kilometers up to 4 times a day with buckets in hand to gather water for her home and crops. Despite her hard work, her daughter was often sick from drinking unclean water and her crops were damaged by the lack of it. ANF provided Juana Rosa with a rainwater collection system for her home. The community also received a tank with a capacity of 2,500 liters to store water. “We are very grateful to ANF because our family has food every day, our drinking water is now clean and my daughter no longer suffers from waterborne diseases. We were also able to improve the productivity of our garden now that we have better access to water,” says Juana Rosa with a smile.
Building a Better Life
ANF with the support of Food For The Poor has been involved in housing programs for highly impoverished families in Nicaragua since Hurricane Mitch in 1998. ANF’s housing programs provide rural communities with dignified living conditions and community infrastructure including clinics, schools, solar lighting, and community centers. Families are also provided with tools and training to improve their livelihoods.
New houses benefited over 5,000 people in 2018.
Installed in rural households
Installed to reduce wood consumption
Health & Nutrition
Promoting Healthier Lives and Wellbeing
ANF’s health and nutrition programs deliver mobility assistance devices to people with disabilities, facilitate school-level health education campaigns for low-income students, support nutritional recovery programs for severely malnourished children, carry out direct health projects to promote awareness and prevention of diabetes, and invest in the rehabilitation/construction of medical clinics and feeding centers. ANF also distributes medicine, medical supplies, equipment, and specialized nutrient-rich food to a network of health centers across the country.
People fed daily in 482 centers that offer care for the ederly, vulnerable women, malnourished children, people in addiction recovery, and people with disabilities.
received training on healthy lifestyles, nutrition, and environmental issues
received medicine, medical supplies, and equipment
received de-worming treatment
SEVERELY MALNOURISHED CHILDREN
received specialized treatment to improve their nutritional wellbeing
Nurturing Minds for the Future
ANF focuses its educational programs on improving school-level infrastructure and reducing the indirect costs of education as a barrier to access, thereby creating incentives for parents to send their children to school through the distribution of in-kind donations (school supplies and classroom furniture) and the implementation of school meal programs. ANF also supports the construction of classrooms, computer labs, and water and sanitation stations.
Students benefited with school supplies.
received daily meals in 151 schools
built/rehabilitated in 6 different communities
received school supplies and classroom furniture (valued at $640,000)
Water and Sanitation
Supplying Clean Water and Sanitation
ANF provides access to safe drinking water and improves sanitation facilities in order to better the living conditions of impoverished communities by drilling and rehabilitating wells, installing water taps, distributing water filters and building sanitation facilities. The majority of WASH interventions complement ANF’s housing initiatives so that together they can improve families’ hygiene, health education, and strengthen the communities’ capacity to manage their new facilities once projects conclude.
People benefited with water and sanitation facilities.
drilled benefiting 3,375 people
WATER TAP STANDS
ANF’s agricultural programs support small-scale farmers and their families with inputs, training, equipment, and technical assistance. Food security and agricultural activities are complemented with other initiatives – rooted in principles such as conservation agriculture, agroforestry, and climate adaptation – that can improve the resilience and livelihoods of rural families. Through ANF’s farmer field schools and its Agricultural Training Center (CEA by its Spanish acronym), hundreds of small-scale farmers are trained each year using demonstration plots, module-based workshops, and laboratory-level soil analysis.
Smallholder farmer families benefited from agricultural inputs, equipment, training, and technical assistance in:
High-yield fruit production
Biodigesters to produce organic fertilizer and biogas
Providing a Helping Hand in Times of Need
ANF seeks to serve a greater number of vulnerable communities in Nicaragua through its support of social service organizations, nutritional rehabilitation centers, and by providing disaster relief to those struck by hurricanes, earthquakes, storms, and floods. ANF provides orphanages, elderly homes, and special needs children with mobility assistance devices, food, medicine, clothes, and therapeutic equipment. Local partner organizations that treat malnutrition are provided with vitamin-fortified cereals, milk, diagnostic equipment, and much-needed furniture. Moreover, ANF provides emergency aid (clothes, food, medical supplies, etc.) and reconstruction efforts in disaster-stricken communities.
in cash donations received to support local partner organizations such as orphanages, dispensaries, nursing homes, and feeding centers.
received disaster relief items including food and medicine
received daily nutritious meals in social service centers
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