Poverty is complex, and poverty reduction requires holistic solutions
We have designed programs that respond to spiritual, physical and economic needs. Our goal is to channel God’s love into tangible actions that can make lasting changes in the lives of thousands of children, adolescents and adults. Our integral approach to reducing poverty includes programs in Spiritual Growth, Educational Quality, Integral Community Health, Youth in Action, and Community Development.
We believe that the most devastating form of poverty faced by all human beings alike is not economic but spiritual poverty. True peace and hope comes not from having more money, but from knowing Christ and being reconciled with God. We praise the Lord for the fact that many Nicaraguans already possess extraordinary faith, but there is still great need for discipleship and spiritual guidance, especially for the youth.
Through Rayo de Sol’s discipleship initiatives, we seek to make the gospel clear and help others grow in their faith.
Access to quality education can change the trajectory of a child’s entire life. Unfortunately, many children and youth in Nicaragua face social and financial obstacles that make it nearly impossible to stay in school, as reflected by the fact that only 43% of primary school students make it to the sixth grade.
Working hand in hand with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education, we strive to remove every obstacle and give children the opportunities they need to unlock their God-given potential.
Integral Community Health
In the early years of a child’s life, access to proper nutrition and medical attention is critical. Sadly, over 20% of children in Nicaragua suffer from some form of malnutrition, and in high poverty areas this figure reaches up to 70%.
We coordinate with local doctors, international organizations, and government entities to ensure that children and families in the communities we serve have access to the resources and knowledge they need to thrive.
Youth in Action
Although no fees are charged for public high school, the price of a uniform, shoes, backpack, and school supplies makes education cost-prohibitive for many families. Students are often forced to drop out in order to help generate income for their families.
Our high school and university scholarships seek to remove any obstacles to education in order to allow students to reach their God-given potential.
Our work always begins with schools and children. As we get to know the children and adults in the school system, we also begin to learn about pressing needs in their communities. In urban communities, we work with local partners to provide vocational education courses to provide adults with new skills that can help them obtain employment or start a small business. In rural communities, we implement an integrated strategy focused on trees, water and food. Our actions in rural communities are designed to mitigate the impact of climate change, while also promoting food security and economic opportunities.
We work closely with community leaders to identify actions that can improve the quality of life and generate new opportunities for families.