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Paths to Progress: Lo que está pasando en Ciudad Sandino
Community Partner Highlights
Centro de Salud Jinotepe provides patients with low-cost healthcare. Services include basic health exams, tests, and vaccinations--as well as community health visits and rural workshops.
Masaya Sin Fronteras (MASINFA) takes a technical, human, and financial focus on sustainable living for low-income populations in urban and rural areas of Masaya and supporting over 40,000 people in 53 communities.
An Introduction to the Land
of Lakes and Volcanoes
Ciudad Sandino is a densely populated city of roughly 75,000 people, located outside of the country's capital, Managua. Although sixty percent of Nicaragua's population lives in urban areas, much of the country is comprised of rural farmlands, lakes and volcanic features. Nicaragua's economy is based on agricultural exports, mainly coffee, sugar, beef, and seafood. With over 50 percent of the 5.5 million residents living below the poverty line, Nicaragua remains the poorest country in the Americas. FSD's community partners in Ciudad Sandino work to combat the city's poor infrastruture, high unemployment, and extreme poverty. FSD Ciudad Sandino supports projects in Ciudad Sandino, Masaya, Jinotepe, and Chagüitillo. Ciudad Sandino has the special distinction of being FSD's first site, established in 1995.
Population: est. 74,238
Avg. temperature: Low 62ºF / High 82ºF
Local language: Spanish
Intern: Caroline White-Nockleby
Masaya Sin Fronteras (MASINFA) is pioneering nutrition through urban container gardens. Caroline worked with MASINFA to train 20 women in farming techniques to start their own agricultural collective. Caroline says, “I think of this project as the coming together of resources that already existed: food waste, empty containers, enthusiasm...everyone feels ownership.”
Organization: Fundación Fenix
Topic: Human rights
Fundación Fenix has taken great steps to combat human trafficking in and around Ciudad Sandino. The organization’s project, “Prevention of Human Trafficking amongst adolescents and young schoolchildren,” focuses on informing their beneficiaries about the definition of trafficking, including how it happens in their own communities, and how they can prevent it as teachers, parents and youth scholars.
Maria de Jesus Zepeda, Program Director
Maria's impressive educational and professional background in social work, psychology, and leadership training prepared her well for her position at FSD. Most recently, she received her master's degree in Social Politics, Rights, and Leadership for Children and Adolescents. While she has worked on a wide variety of development projects, her passion is empowering women, promoting community development, and supporting local organizations.