Most men from remote villages in Nicaragua are farmers and their crops rely heavily on the rainy season. When the rainy season is very mild, or when Nicaragua experiences a drought, farmers do not have food to provide for their families. According to the World Bank, in Nicaragua, “poverty and extreme poverty are overwhelmingly in rural areas. With 41 percent of the country's population, rural areas contain 63 percent of the poor and 78 percent of the extreme poor.” Just One Opportunity is changing this statistic by providing opportunities for people, diversifying the economic condition of the villages by giving advice to small business how to run their business and working with farmers to have the tools and the knowledge to plant crops year round. We are also helping the communities with the basic needs such as helping with legal paper such as birth certificate and help students with college application and tutoring for ensuring they do well in school. We are also working in providing basic sanitation such as clean water, septic systems and medical assistance such as checkups and dental care once a year.
- Medical: Since we started in 2012, 1,500 people have received basic medical checkups. Some health improvements were made by building cooking stoves that eliminated smoke inside people’s homes.
- School supplies: Over 700 students have recived uniforms and shoes to attend school and over 12,000 pounds of school supplies have been distributed.
- Food: We have distributed over 20,000 pounds of food since 2012 to help with drought situations.