Home to over 250 children
On rolling hills of picturesque farmland, our home in Jinotepe, Nicaragua, is called Casa Padre Wasson. Over 250 children live in the 16 large, family style homes, complete with a porches, courtyards and cement pathways throughout. An additional 175 students are supported through a scholarship program or live in student homes in the capital, Managua. Opening in 1994, NPH Nicaragua became the 3rd NPH home in Central America.
School and vocational training
NPH Nicaragua has an onsite school for children and youths through the eleventh grade. Students working towards a technical career, attend school in the local community. A vocational programme is planned for the future that includes welding, carpentry, painting, maintenance repair, sewing, shoemaking and handicrafts.
Learning to grow our own food
An expansive greenhouse project, along with vegetable fields, help our children to learn about growing their own produce and also provides the kitchen with nutritious and fresh vegetables. Two additional properties also function as farms, providing pork, chicken and egg production and also a variety of vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, plantains, bananas, mangos, grapefruit and other citrus.
Physical and occupational therapy
In 2010, a community service programme called the Samaritan Project began on Ometepe Island. Four NPH volunteer therapists from Austria began offering physical and occupational therapy for children with disabilities who had never received care. After moving the original NPH facilities to the mainland, 2 volunteers stayed on the island to continue to provide services for the children and their families.
NPH Nicaragua is led by Marlon Velásquez and over 190 dedicated staff.