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GoCorps is the on-ramp for recent college graduates to use their degree overseas for two years alongside long-term mission teams and projects. GoCorps removes the most common obstacles to global mid-term service by expediting the process, using one common application for multiple organizations and providing $5000 student loan forgiveness. Show Less
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Nicaragua, Uganda
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To provide quality, affordable healthcare to people in need.
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Kyrgyzstan, Nicaragua, Ukraine
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Frontier Horizon's mission is to improve the health, education, and general welfare of orphaned and impoverished children and communities in Ukraine and Nicaragua.
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Clean Water, Health, Poverty, Children/Youth, Religion
Relief and development organization helping children worldwide by tackling causes of poverty and developing access to clean water, food, health care, education, and economic opportunities.
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Environment
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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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.)
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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