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 Holly who was a former teacher at Seeds of Hope. Keylin first heard about Seeds of Hope from Holly, and when she moved back 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.