Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua
Habitat's work in Nicaragua
Housing need in Nicaragua
Eighty percent of the Nicaraguan population subsists on less than US$2 per day, and 43 percent on less than US$1 a day. In a country of more than five million habitants, there are many situations that affect the housing situation. Inadequate housing (both qualitative and quantitative), insufficient public investment in the housing sector, natural disasters, social and economic instability, migration from rural to urban areas and the formation of new nuclear families are all factors that take a toll on the availability of adequate housing in Nicaragua. It is estimated that each year the housing deficit in the country rises by some 30,000 homes.
Due to the low priority of housing on both political and non-profit agendas, investment in the housing sector has not been sufficient to tackle the problem.
Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua
Habitat for Humanity began working in Nicaragua in 1984. Under the sponsorship of the Pro-Denominational Alliance Evangelical Council, the first construction began in the community of Germán Pomares of Chinandega. Since then, families in Jinotega, Matagalpa, Estelí, León, Chinandega, Managua, Bluefields, Carazo and Rivas have built their homes with Habitat assistance.
Since then Habitat Nicaragua has helped more than 6 000 families to improve their conditions. In the fiscal year 2013 Habitat Nicaragua: helped 804 families, 4,020 persons were benefited directly, 1,799 trained persons in community development, 1,336 people received building technical assistance and there were 617 building interventions. Habitat Nicaragua has 27 individual international donors and 641 local donors.
Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua supports the social production of habitat in such a way that strengthens community leadership and resources, and supports families in achieving solutions to their housing needs.
Dawn VI: This project is focused on families that live in inadequate housing conditions, risk situations and overcrowding. The improvements are of 162 square feet. It is expected to help 150 families with adequate housing conditions, 30 improvements and 30 persons trained in different areas.
La Gallina community housing improvement: This project expects to improve the living conditions of 100 families in La Gallina community with 100 built houses of 388 square feet, 100 ecologic toilets and 100 trained persons in different areas.
Housing improvements in San Cayetano Community: With this, Habitat Nicaragua aims to reduce the overcrowding conditions and improve the living and health conditions of the families. It is expected to benefit 100 people with adequate housing conditions, 21 housing improvements and 21 trained persons in different areas.
Improving the local entreprenurial capacities: It is expected to improve 225 job areas for entrepreneurial women in Esteli and to improve the hygienic and sanitary conditions of 225 families that base their income activities at home.
Ecologic Toilets: The goal is to improve tha sanitary conditions by reducing the presence of diseases caused by the lack of hygen and sanitation. Also it is expected to reduce the water contamination.
Local campaign “A floor to play on”: The 45% of Nicaraguan homes have a dirt floor, this number may increase to even 96% in the communities where Habitat Nicaragua focuses its efforts. A concrete floor benefits in the lives of people and mostly in the life of a child are drastic. A concrete floor contributes to diminish skin and respiratory diseases.
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