Where we work
Nicaragua is a Central American country located between Honduras and Costa Rica. Its population is 6.2 million people. Nicaragua was the scene of a devastating civil war in 1978 and subsequent communist governance from 1978 to 1992. The country is still attempting to rebuild itself. The economy, which saw limited recovery in the early 1990’s, was hit hard by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. These reasons, among others, have made Nicaragua, the poorest country in Central America and the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere. The needs of the poor, especially for medical care, call Hope Clinic International to its medical missions work there.
There is widespread underemployment and poverty in the country. Overall, 46.2 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Most of the poverty (more than 80 percent) is concentrated in rural areas. In fact, 43 percent of the Nicaraguan population lives in rural areas and 68 percent of them are trying to survive off just over $1.25 per day. There are also very impoverished neighborhoods in the capital city, Managua.