People Helped in 2018:
Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in South America, has been contending for decades with issues around access to basic sanitation, high rates of chronic child malnutrition, and its vulnerabilities to natural disasters. Action Against Hunger has been working in the country since 1996, setting up programs focused on food security, nutrition, health, water, and other basic services. We implement programs that recognize the importance of active participation of both the people we serve and of civil society in defining priorities and following through with action.
In recent years, there have been constant changes in weather patterns in Central America. Recurrent periods of drought have had devastating effects on food and nutrition security and access to water. In the Dry Corridor region, which includes Nicaragua and Honduras, drought events have been damaging and are eroding the fragile livelihoods of families that are especially exposed.
The main challenge faced by our teams is to meet the needs of the Nicaraguan population, given the limitations to humanitarian access that exist in the country.