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
Poverty and violence have escalated in the country due to the economic fallout of COVID-19. People are struggling to feed their families and many have resorted to robbery. It is clear that Nicaragua continues to experience community transmission of COVID-19, but the severity of the outbreak is difficult to determine because of lack of information available. World Renew continues to do the most urgent work while taking all of the possible precautions.
The government in Nicaragua continues to offer little dissemination about COVID-19, including minimal preventative guidance. World Renew continues to focus on general safety, health and prevention campaigns in the communities where we work. Over the summer, this emergency response included 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 directly impacted 188 communities and the radio broadcasts reached around 100,000 people. In addition, World Renew provided emergency food rations to 70 families. All content shared was also designed to offer spiritual guidance and hope to those who fear the virus may be a form of judgement from God.
Turning towards fall, World Renew staff are returning to the office once a week to commence more regular programming initiatives. We continue to practice strict physical distancing precautions in the office and through programming.