Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America with a population of 6 million people. It has coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The main language is Spanish and other languages spoken include Miskito, Creole, Garifuna, Rama, and Sumo.
Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 47% of the population lives below the poverty line. Most families earn less than $2.00 a day & it is very common that children work and contribute to the family income. The usual consequences of poverty are inescapable and evident; malnutrition, poor health conditions, alcoholism, domestic abuse, failing schools and illiteracy are common. But for us the most shocking reality is the number of Nicaraguan children, approximately 50% of the population is under the age of 18 years old.