World Renew works with five national Christian partner agencies in more than 80 communities. Program interventions include agriculture/food security, primary health care, HIV and AIDS prevention, human trafficking prevention, human rights promotion and domestic violence prevention. Also through the Nehemiah Center, World Renew is impacting numerous churches, businesses, Christian schools, and communities through intensive leadership training and networking.
COVID COUNTRY UPDATES
The government in Nicaragua has offered little dissemination about COVID-19, including minimal preventive guidance. Official cases have increased from 25 to 1,118 in just 3 weeks, but there is still widespread agreement that this is a vast undercount of the actual cases.
World Renew partners are stepping into this gap and undertaking prevention campaigns in the communities where they work. This emergency response includes radio programming; a social media campaign; distribution of masks, soap, and educational flyers; as well as teaching community leaders how to use recycled materials to create hand-washing stations. The project is directly impacting 188 communities and the radio broadcasts are reaching around 100,000 people. In addition, all content is designed to offer spiritual guidance and hope to those who fear the virus may be a form of judgement from God.
While the work continues, multiple partners of World Renew have fallen sick with COVID-19 and World Renew staff have lost family members to COVID in the past two weeks. We pray for those who have lost loved ones, those still in recovery, and members of the communities where we work who have very little access to any medical attention.