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Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Central America. The country’s political instability and prevalent corruption is not only a serious threat to democracy, but has also resulted in extreme poverty.

Nicaragua’s high poverty rates, as well as nutritional and educational deficiencies restrict it from achieving its full potential. In partnership with Reto Juvenil Internacional (RJI), YCI’s programs in Nicaragua aim to increase both education and nutritional levels in the communities of Matiguas, as well as facilitate economic development opportunities for community members.


Located in the province of Matagalpa, in the region of Matiguas - the heart of the coffee and milk production - our joint program has objectives that include developing opportunities for economic development, the empowerment of local youth, and the improvement of health and education levels.

YCI offers CIDA-funded International Youth Internships in Nicaragua.

HDI:   124/182
Population:   5.82 million
Life Expectancy:   72.7 years
Infant mortality:   21/1,000 births
Youth Literacy Rate:   87% 
Adult Literacy Rate:   78.0%
HIV prevalence: (ages 15-49)   0.2%
Population living below the national
poverty line