Seeds of Hope Nicaragua
Seeds of Hope Nicaragua was opened in 2019 by Keylin Chavez. Keylin is originally from Costa Rica, and she and her mother lived with a teacher from Seeds of Hope, which is how she first found out about the program. When she moved with her husband to San Marcos, Nicaragua, she felt compelled to start a Seeds of Hope program for the children in her town. Nicaragua faces extreme poverty, and is the second poorest nation in the Americas after Haiti. 79% of the country lives on less than US$2.00 a day. Nicaragua also has high levels of sexual exploitation of children, human trafficking, and the UN estimates 500,000 children aged 3-17 are not in the educational system. The high poverty levels force an estimated 340,000 children aged between 5-17 into the workforce. Seeds of Hope will provide these children with a meal each time they attend class, new vocational opportunities, spiritual mentorship, creative expression through the arts program, fun recreational classes, and a loving community to become a part of.