Donations will aide the efforts of the 2011 Nicaragua mission team

“Anielcka is such a special girl. All of these kids are. When I look at them, all the dirt, all the grime, all the scars, bruises and pain…when I see the problems they carry on their shoulders and the maturity behind their smiles…I see Jesus. I see a glimpse of heaven every time I look at their grinning faces and bright smiles. They are examples of pure joy. Joy in hardship. Joy in pain.”
(Laura Holderfield, trip journal, March 2009) Read full article here.

Hi! Welcome to the online donation page for Fumc Missions in Nicaragua. We sincerely and humbly thank you for taking the time to consider supporting our cause. We are passionate about children in Nicaragua and will be traveling to July this summer on a mission trip to Nueva Vida, Nicaragua. More info on the trip can be found at www.fumcmissionsinnicaragua.com

The common understanding for “orphan” is a child whose parents have died and have no one else to support them. The situations behind Nicaragua’s orphans are usually one of two circumstances. Either (1) Their parents have abandoned them without explanation or any intention of returning or (2) they are social orphans – children with parents that are unfit to raise them due to physical, financial, mental or emotional inability.

Nicaragua’s distribution of wealth is one of the most unequal in the world. Over 2 million Nicaraguans live in poverty. The majority of Nicaraguans live on less than $2/day and more than 800,000 live in extreme poverty, less than $1/day.

  • Nicaragua is the second poorest Spanish-speaking country in the world.
  • Nearly 50% of all Nicaraguans are either unemployed or underemployed.
  • 1 of every 3 Nicaraguan children has some degree of malnutrition.
  • 1 of every 4 Nicaraguan children is born to a teenage mother.
  • Less than 30% of all Nicaraguan children complete an elementary education.
  • On average, Nicaraguans complete fewer than 5 years of schooling.
  • 95% of all disabled children in the country receive no appropriate support.

Donations given will aide the efforts of our 2011 mission trip to Nicaragua (July 20-27th) We believe a crucial key to overcoming poverty is education. We can offer a child a meal that will sustain them for a while, but if we also offer them an education - it will increase their chances of survival. Our aide is focused on educational aspects we can contribute to the community. Specifically, donations given on this razoo page will contribute to costs of

(1) shipping 1600+ pairs of shoes to children

Why? Because in Nicaragua children are required to wear a uniform to attend public school. On Average Nicaraguans complete less than 5 years of schooling TOTAL. A frequent reason for dropping out of school is because the child doesn't have the proper necessities to attend. Often the problem is lack of shoes. Something we take for granted every day..

On April 6th, we collected 1,611 pairs of shoes at Carroll County High School. You can read more about the story here: http://fumcmissionsinnicaragua.com/2011/04/07/you-made-a-difference/ We will deliver the shoes this summer.


(2) launching an english & business technology center

Why? Because there is a need. We would like to help Verbo Church in Nueva Vida, Nicaragua start a technology center as a place where community members can come to learn English and work on their business and technology skills. We want to stock the room with Spanish-English dictionaries and help build tables for the computers previously donated.


(3) Provide safety for a feeding center

Why? Because we met a woman running a feeding center by herself in Nueva Vida. She took us into her home and showed us her family's needs. She feeds children every day who may not have a way of receiving food otherwise. The feeding center is protected by old tin scraps and twine - her dream is to have a concrete wall surrounding the entire feeding center. We want to help make this dream a reality.

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