Project Chacocente is a small village of families who used to live in the garbage dump of Managua, Nicaragua. Since 2003, they have been learning the life skills necessary to be self-sufficient. At the city dump thousands of people scavenge for food along with vultures and stray dogs. Many of the children suffer from lead poisoning, parasites and malnutrition and if they aren’t careful will be crushed by the fast moving garbage trucks.
Project Chacocente is located in rural Masaya where the clean air and fertile soil are the perfect place for the families to heal their bodies and learn life changing skills. The original families fulfilled a five-year contract, and each now own the house that they built and two acres of land.
Becoming literate is mandatory and all of the adults attempt to graduate from sixth grade and many go on to high school or vocational training. The adults learn construction and farming skills and each family opens a small business before they go out on their own. In addition, the women learn how to make crafts for the increasing tourist trade.
The Project is also home to the Chacocente Christian School, which currently has over 150 students, preschool – High School. The school offers a comprehensive quality education to the children who live at the project, and to those in the surrounding area. Their education offers the opportunity for a future very different from what they could have imagined just a few years ago.
Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Latin America. Fifty percent of the population lives in extreme poverty which means that they don’t know if they’ll have any food today. Project Chacocente is dedicated to helping the families change their lives so that they can be a part of society again and help change the cycle of poverty.
For more information please check out the website www.outofthedump.org for more information and feel free to email or call the church office.
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Other Project Chacocente photos are on Flickr.
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