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

Nicaragua, Romania, United States of America
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.

Nicaragua, Uganda
Environment, Poverty
Omiyo means Give in the Acholi language of our Ugandan artisans. That's why we exist: To give artisans a market for their work, to give kids in their communities a better education, and to give you access to fun and stylish products you won't find anywhere else!

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Opportunity International unleashes the power of entrepreneurs in the developing world. Our innovative approach and services allow more people to expand their businesses, create jobs and change the world.
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Causes We Support

Human Rights
Clean Water
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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Nicaragua News

teleSUR English 
In January, Nicaragua's Sandinista government under President Daniel Ortega announced it would not give Uber permission to operate in the country. In Central America, Uber operates in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama. Its regional representatives say ... See more.. 
Jon Kerr's book, "Mark Twain & The River of Timeless Temptation," takes readers down the river to Nicaragua with Twain and Mr. Brown. Along the way the two encounter historical figures. prev. next. × ... See more..
Havana Times 
HAVANA TIMES – Over the last decade in Nicaragua, 16,400 girls under fourteen have given birth. It's a statistic that becomes even more alarming, when you consider that these births are all the product of rape. The drama becomes even more complex in ... See more..
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Washington Post 
Sledding at top speed down a live volcano is not something I would ever choose to do on vacation. But we were traveling in Nicaragua with our teenage kids, and volcano sledding was their No. 1 choice of excursions. As I flew down the steep pebbly face ... See more..
Christian News Network 
BUFFALO, N.Y. — An American missionary to Nicaragua has been sentenced to time served plus one year of probation for helping an ex-lesbian flee the U.S. with her child seven years ago. Timothy Miller, also known as Timo, had entered a guilty plea in ... See more..
Cameroon, Latvia, Nicaragua and Sierra Leone, for example, are all on the list of the 20 countries reporting the highest gains in happiness. Meanwhile, happiness in the U.S. has slipped a bit, according to the report. "The reasons are declining social ... See more..
The Islets are a group of 365 small islands in Lake Nicaragua that formed when the now dormant Mombacho volcano erupted into the lake thousands of years ago. Tour the islets by kayak, paddle board, or just enjoy the view from Jicaro's floating dock. See more.. (blog) 
Wedged between Honduras and Costa Rica, Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and has been on the charm offensive of late to rid its reputation as an unsafe destination. For twelve, bloody years, from the late seventies, the country was ... See more..
SDSU Newscenter 
The new book, tentatively titled “One Hundred Years of LGBT Politics in Nicaragua” will detail the history of Nicaragua's sexual diversity, which thrives today despite decades of socio-economic conditions that were not supportive of the rise of LGBT ... See more..
The Independent Weekly 
In 1963, she boarded a plane to Nicaragua and left behind an affluent conservative family to work with the Maryknoll Sisters, a Catholic missionary group. She returned to the United States six years later, hardly the same starry-eyed girl. After ... See more..
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Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Costa Rica and Honduras

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


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 ;


5,788,531 (July 2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups


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

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