On rolling hills of picturesque farmland, our home in Jinotepe, Nicaragua is called Casa Padre Wasson. Over 250 children live in the sixteen large, family style homes. An additional 175 students are supported through a scholarship program or live in university student homes in the capital, Managua. Opening in 1994, NPH Nicaragua became the third NPH home in Central America.
NPH Nicaragua has an onsite school for children and young people through to the 11th grade. Students working towards a technical career, attend school in the local community.
An expansive greenhouse project, along with vegetable fields, help our children to learn about growing their own produce and also provides the kitchen with nutritious and fresh vegetables. Two additional properties also function as farms, providing pork, chicken and egg production and also a variety of vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, plantains, bananas, mangos, grapefruit and other citrus.
In 2010, a community service program called the Samaritan Project began on Ometepe Island. Four NPH volunteer therapists from Austria began offering physical and occupational therapy for children with disabilities who had never received care. After moving the original NPH facilities to the mainland, two volunteers stayed on the island to continue to provide services for the children and their families.
NPH Nicaragua is led by Marlon Velasquez and over 190 dedicated staff.
1994: First children arrived at home in Granada. San Marcos farm was purchased on Ometepe Island.
2003: First secondary school graduates.
2006: First university graduate.
2009: Move to new home in Jinotepe.
2010: Community therapy program began on Ometepe Island.
2011: Construction of school, workshops, multi-use hall, visitor’s home, and clinic in Jinotepe.
2012: Community assistance to families in garbage dump and other social service programs began.
2013: Greenhouse construction completed.
2019: Civil unrest in the country affects our university students and community students.
2020: Covid19 affects Nicaragua – to find out more about how our family in Nicaragua are coping with this crisis: www.nph.org/news/coronavirus