“Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell.
I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.”C.T. Studd
LETTER FROM OUR CEO
As we began work in 2018, we were excited about what we believed would be a normal operating cycle in Nicaragua. The economy continued to grow, tourism was skyrocketing, our young adults were getting good entry-level jobs. The local church was breaking cycles of poverty through health, education and job training. Our Nicaraguan partners were empowered to reach their communities,having led more than 2,800 children and adults to Christ in 2017 alone.
In April, protests against social security reform unexpectedly brought the peace and progress Nicaragua had experienced over the past few decades to an abrupt halt. The months that followed changed our world, but what did not change was our commitment to the children we serve. Our Nicaraguan staff held fast and discovered new ways to address the problems of Nicaragua; choosing not to live in fear of the unpredictable nature of violence and turmoil that besieged their country. Our investors continued to give so that lives would be changed and God would be glorified.
We had our best year ever despite the turmoil. We continued to break the cycle of poverty for 20,000 vulnerable and orphaned children in Nicaragua. We helped 100+ students get jobs. We are positioned to declare victory over malnourishment in 23 communities of abject poverty and we taught 900 children reading and math skills to educate for future jobs. Our Nicaraguan partners assisted more than 3,000 children and their parents in their decision to follow Jesus Christ in 2018!
Only God could orchestrate such success in the midst of the trials Nicaragua has experienced.
This report will show you what your investments in our work have accomplished and where we are headed in the future. We cannot thank you enough for breaking the cycle of poverty for these children.
Chief Executive Officer
WHAT WE DO
ORPHANetwork works through the local Nicaraguan church to break cycles of poverty
abandoned, abused and orphaned children
opportunities for new life
vulnerable children from being abandoned
We believe by investing in the children of Nicaragua, a better future is available.
through more than
In 2018 we invested
TO BREAK CYCLES OF POVERTY
Miruel and Matias
“I was six months pregnant and full of fear and anxiety when I joined the Healthy Beginnings Club.”
Miruel is a 19-year-old mother who gave birth to a healthy baby boy thanks to the support of the Healthy Beginnings Club and its focus on the first 1,000 days of life. In the club meetings she quickly learned that she was not alone in her nervous feelings about pregnancy and childbirth. Miruel was grateful for the personal experiences shared by the other mothers and women in the group, most especially for all that she learned from Silvia, a Community Development Agent, who provides education and counsel in the bi-monthly meetings.
Each pregnant mom is provided pre-natal vitamins to support their baby’s development and armed with the knowledge of how babies develop from month to month inside the womb and how their own diet supports that growth. After understanding how nourishing each ounce of breastmilk was to her brand new baby, Miruel adopted the practice of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of her baby’s life.
Soon after the delivery, Silvia visited the young mother’s home to help reinforce what she had learned at the meetings and to dispel harmful cultural myths that often get passed down from generation to generation. Our Community Development Agent’s home visit was also an opportunity to share Christ. Miruel warmly reflects on the visit, “I felt there were people interested in our well-being, and I could feel the love of God through their lives.”
Thankful for all of the support she receives through the club, Miruel continues to attend the meetings that help her be the best mom she can while tracking her son’s progress, growth and development.
WOMEN IN PROGRAM
OF BABIES BORN AT HEALTHY BIRTH-WEIGHT
Success Attributed to:
• Prenatal vitamins and deworming pills
• Supplemental food for malnourished mothers
• Treating and preventing anemia
• Exclusive breastfeeding for first six months
EDUCATING FOR FUTURE JOBS
“My daughter is more focused in school, has learned to read and our family has been strengthened.”
At the age of seven, Maria José did not know how to read or write when she entered the After School Education Program. Her mother approached the program facilitator, Zeidy, with great concern about Maria José and her learning abilities. For the past two years, Zeidy has worked with Maria José, sharing educational knowledge and a love for God.
Using different reading strategies paired with manipulatives like mini-sandboxes for practicing with letters, Maria José is now reading. Concrete materials help her learn abstract math concepts and she is even working on the multiplication tables.
Today she is in the fourth grade, she has excellent attendance and she has become a leader by helping other children in the class. Her teacher, Zeidy is so proud of Maria José sharing, “Maria José has grown personally, morally and spiritually here at the program, at school and at home.”
- Teacher dictates lessons to multigrade classrooms
- Children copy work from the chalkboard and memorize textbooks
- Children who can’t read or solve basic math problems are passed along to next grade
AFTER SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAM
- Interactive, child-centered learning
- Use of concrete materials to understand abstract concepts
- Children advance by skill level after reaching proficiency
EQUIPPING A WORKFORCE
“I learned how to believe in myself. I enjoy the economic stability of my job, learning new things and setting goals for my life.”
In the midst of Nicaragua’s economic and political crisis, ORPHANetwork has empowered young adults from communities of abject poverty with employable job skills. The job-training program at ORPHANetwork is focused on training young adults into vocational careers which are readily available and accessible. This year almost 100 students landed jobs in the garment manufacturing industry through our partnership with Mission14.
Kassandra, a 20-year-old from Nueva Vida, a former refugee community that remains from 1998’s Hurricane Mitch, was fully trained and working full-time within three months. From her first day Kassandra excelled in her work, so her employer recognized her as the top operator of one of their machines not long after she started working.
The reliable source of income, benefits and job security provided through this position allowed Kassandra to afford night classes and earn her accounting certificate.
Kassandra dreams of pursuing her college degree and becoming a professional accountant, perhaps even at the factory where she is employed. Until then, she is equipped with impeccable job skills allowing her to gain positive work momentum, changing her future one day at a time.
AS INSTABILITY ABOUNDS, GOD’S LOVE REMAINS
“Two years ago, I did not know Jesus, but when I heard about Him through the Local Church Initiative, I gave my heart to Him.”
Johan says, “When I was 10 years old, I had the opportunity to join the Local Church Initiative (LCI). I come from a home with a single mother and I’ve grown up feeling an absence of fatherly protection and love.
The LCI has been a great relief to me, and I feel very blessed because of the care provided to us with food, medical attention and especially the teaching of God. Two years ago, I did not know Jesus, but when I heard about Him through the LCI, I gave my heart to Him. This year I made the decision to be baptized because there was a yearning within me to profess my faith.
Today my appetite is better than it used to be and I feel physically restored. I enjoy serving in the church on the dance team and serving meals in the dining room. My hope for the future is that I will finish my high school studies and earn a scholarship to study English.”
“This partnership allows me to dive deep into my community’s needs and provide solutions to transform lives and bring people to Christ.”
Job Skills Training
PLACED IN JOBS TO
BREAK THE CYCLE
After School Education Program
AND MATH SKILLS TO
Platform of Health
in Chronic Malnourishment
for children under
5 years old
POSITIONED TO DECLARE VICTORY
In 23 of 57 Local Church Initiatives
We are exceeding our own expectations for wiping
out malnourishment in communities of abject poverty.
Everything we do gives our local partners greater crediblity in sharing Christ within their communities
We strive to ensure that we invest wisely under His guidance.
WHO WE ARE
Our team of 46 Nicaraguan professionals lead over 200 local church and orphanage partnerships that are changing the lives of 20,000 children on a daily basis.
“Ultimately, we want to bring a piece of heaven on earth to these kids who live in poverty, and we also want them to experience heaven with Jesus.”
Eddy Morales, Country Director
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ORPHANetwork’s Board of Directors are deeply involved with our work, offering invaluable guidance, wisdom and talent to our ministry.
for creating hope and a future for Nicaragua’s children.
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