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Nicaragua, Ukraine
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Children/Youth
Frontier Horizon’s is an official 501 C 3 non profit that works with orphan children in Ukraine and Nicaragua.

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Nicaragua, Romania, United States of America
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Children/Youth, Religion
We facilitate churches and individuals in mission projects at home and abroad. We provide low income housing here in Knoxville. And we also manage finances for the ongoing mission projects of JCM.

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Nicaragua, Uganda
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Environment, Poverty
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One of the largest obstacles Nicaragua faces is the problem of deforestation. Around 75% of Nicaraguan forests have been repurposed for farming or pasture land.1 Deforestation endangers biodiversity and the health of fragile tropical-forest ecosystems. Furthermore, the loss of forests has exacerbated the impacts of natural disasters.2 In their absence, flooding, and wind damage have grown more severe. Another environmental concern facing Nicaragua is the use of pesticides. Pesticides have been linked to a wide range of health concerns such as skin and breast cancer, miscarriages, and nervous disorders.3 Beyond the health impacts, the use of pesticides can contaminate fresh water sources, leech natural nutrients from the soil causing degradation and erosion, and prevent the flourishing of natural ecosystems.4

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1 http://www.fs.fed.us/global/globe/l_amer/nicaragua.htm
2http://www.envio.org.ni/articulo/2756
3-4 Ibid
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Nicaragua News

Daily Coffee News 
“We are proud to be the pioneers of robusta production in Nicaragua and to be the first to offer it to the global market,” Luis Alberto Chamorro, the origin director of Mercon Coffee Group said in a company announcement in conjunction with last week's ... See more..
Telegraph.co.uk 
A Nicaraguan woman who was burned to death in an exorcism that caused worldwide shock was starved and beaten in the week before her killing, witnesses told a court on Wednesday. Evangelical pastor Juan Rocha and four followers are accused of ... See more..
Bloomberg 
When the owners of the hotel you're checking into are the country's biggest philanthropists, you know you can feel good about your stay. See more..
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FRANCE 24 
In 1979, Daniel Ortega was a revolutionary commander who overthrew Nicaragua's pro-American dictatorship and took power. Today, after a long period in the ... See more..
The Register-Guard 
April 28 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Ben Linder, a mechanical engineer from Portland who in 1983 went to Nicaragua to work on hydroelectric projects that today provide energy to the community, schools, clinics and campesinos. While ... See more..
Daily Mail 
By Tristan Martin and Faye PlanerFRANCIA SIRPI, Nicaragua, April 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - R onald Maclovio takes off his t-shirt to show the scars... See more..
Cigar Aficionado (blog) 
It's been nearly three months since I returned from Nicaragua's sixth Puro Sabor cigar festival, but I just can't seem to get the Central American country off my mind. Maybe it's because the weather in New York City is finally starting to turn a bit ... See more..
NACLA 
It was barely 8 AM, but the sun was already blazing in northeastern Managua, Nicaragua where I had joined several dozen women for a demonstration in front of the airport in the summer of 2013. Holding colorful handmade signs and banging drums, women ... See more..
South China Morning Post 
By any measure, Alfredo and Theresa Pellas have already transformed their home country of Nicaragua. With the help of 1,000-plus partnering non-governmental organisations in the US and beyond, their American Nicaraguan Foundation has served 265.5 ... See more..
Q Costa Rica News 
TODAY NICARAGUA – By any measure, Alfredo and Theresa Pellas have already transformed their home country of Nicaragua. With the help of 1,000-plus partnering nongovernmental organizations in the U.S. and beyond, their American Nicaraguan ... See more..
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Geography

Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Costa Rica and Honduras
Area

Total 130,370 sq km
Land 119,990 sq km
Water 10,380 sq km

Climate

tropical in lowlands, cooler in highlands
Natural Resources

gold, silver, copper, tungsten, lead, zinc, timber, fish ;
Natural Hazards

destructive earthquakes; volcanoes; landslides; extremely susceptible to hurricanes

volcanism: significant volcanic activity; Cerro Negro (elev. 728 m), which last erupted in 1999, is one of Nicaragua's most active volcanoes; its lava flows and ash have been known to cause significant damage to farmland and buildings; other historically active volcanoes include Concepcion, Cosiguina, Las Pilas, Masaya, Momotombo, San Cristobal, and Telica significant volcanic activity; Cerro Negro (elev. 728 m), which last erupted in 1999, is one of Nicaragua's most active volcanoes; its lava flows and ash have been known to cause significant damage to farmland and buildings; other historically active volcanoes include Concepcion, Cosiguina, Las Pilas, Masaya, Momotombo, San Cristobal, and Telica
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation; soil erosion; water pollution

Demographics

Nationality
Nicaraguan
Population
5,788,531 (July 2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups
Languages
Religions

Finances

Nicaragua, the poorest country in Central America and the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere, has widespread underemployment and poverty. The Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) has been in effect since April 2006 and has expanded export opportunities for many agricultural and manufactured goods. Textiles and agriculture combined account for nearly 50% of Nicaragua's exports. The ORTEGA administration's promotion of mixed business initiatives, owned by the Nicaraguan and Venezuelan state oil firms, together with the weak rule of law, could undermine the investment climate for domestic and international private firms in the near-term. Nicaragua relied on an ...See More IMF external credit facility to meet internal- and external-debt financing obligations. The most recent IMF program ended in 2011 and Nicaragua is currently in negotiations for a new program. Nicaragua depends heavily on foreign development assistance, however, donors have curtailed this funding in response to November 2008 and subsequent electoral fraud. Nicaragua still struggles with a high public debt burden, however, it succeeded in reducing that burden in 2011. The economy grew at a rate of about 4% in 2012. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$27.1 billion (2012 est.); $25.76 billion (2011 est.); $24.43 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

coffee, bananas, sugarcane, rice, corn, tobacco, sesame, soya, beans; beef, veal, pork, poultry, dairy products; shrimp, lobsters, cotton
Industries

food processing, chemicals, machinery and metal products, knit and woven apparel, petroleum refining and distribution, beverages, footwear, wood, electric wire harness manufacturing, mining