In Nicaragua, sending children to school challenges many rural families as required school uniforms and supplies can cost the equivalent of a month’s wages. For several years, CLWR has been lessening this burden by enabling 250 children a year to enrol in the Christian Education Program of the Iglesia Luterana Sínodo de Nicaragua (ILSN), a partner church of Lutheran Church–Canada.
Provided with needed uniforms and supplies, children attend regular classes in the mornings and in the afternoon head to their local ILSN church where teachers and deaconesses offer homework support in math, Spanish and other subjects. Time is also set aside for Christian education and cultural activities.
In addition to the school program, CLWR provides funding for the ILSN medical clinic in Chinandega. The clinic, which operates one day a week, is staffed by a doctor and a dentist. On average, they see 40-45 patients each week and dispense common medications free of charge.