Diakonia - People change the world

Nicaragua

Diakonia’s work in Nicaragua is focused on the Atlantic coast, where extreme poverty is most widespread and jobs are lacking. The most vulnerable are young people, women and the Miskito indigenous people. The extreme poverty means that many people feel compelled to leave the area and live as migrants in other parts of the country or abroad.

In Nicaragua, Diakonia supports organizations that work to strengthen respect for human rights, gender equality and social and economic justice.

Human rights: In particular, we work to strengthen the rights of women, young people and indigenous peoples. We also work for the leadership of young people and for the collective rights of indigenous peoples and Afro-Nicaraguans on the Atlantic coast.

Gender equality: We work with organizations that provide legal support to women who are subjected to violence.

Social and economic justice: We empower women so that they can start their own economic projects that make them self-sufficient. We focus on sustainable development.

Read more about our work in Nicaragua

  • “We’re entitled to half the power and we’re not giving up”

    Diakonia’s partner organization AMICA has for the last 20 years been defending women’s rights on the Atlantic coast in Nicaragua. “Our work involves fighting against the monster that is men’s violence against...
  • "Learning to stop hating"

    At the age of nine Hency started taking drugs - because his father did so and to escape from the violence at home. Today he’s 18 years old and clean - largely thanks to Diakonia’s partner organization CEPREV in...
  • Nicaragua: The struggle for land continues

    Poverty and discrimination make life difficult for the indigenous population of Nicaragua. Diakonia’s partner organization IPADE is working to improve their situation.