The organizationThis center, located in Managua, Nicaragua, in the Oriental Market educates more than 300 children from the neighborhood. Its main objective is to rescue and protect Nicaraguan children and adolescents who are at high risk of succumbing to a life of drugs, gangs or prostitution by offering an excellent education and technical training, and teaching life skills to enable them to lead productive useful lives.
Due to extreme poverty, these children would be forced to work by their parents if "Pan y Amor” did not provide them with education and meals. The center also runs a daycare that provides a safe environment for babies and allows mothers to work outside their homes.
The children at Pan y Amor are thriving under the challenges offered at the Center, which include formalized education as well as the opportunity to enrich their lives through activities such as English classes, computers, woodshop and dance. These are just some of the activities in which these children can engage which are opening doors for them to a better life for themselves and their families. In the center, the children also receive three daily meals, breakfast, lunch and a snack, usually the only meals the children get.
The financial aid provided by Manos del Sur has allowed the center to offer the children more individualized attention, to run a computer lab, offer a good hot breakfast to every child in the Center and to generally guarantee the financial well being of the school helping them to complete the school year with a daily schedule from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It has also allowed Pan y Amor to provide special medical attention to some children; most notably the two boys who were operated on for hernias and an almost blind little girl who received a pair of reading glasses which will allow her to continue her studies. Pan y Amor also hired a team of psychologists and social workers thus allowing them to visit children where they live, get to know their living conditions and to work with the parents to try and improve the children/parent relationship.
Mercado Oriental, Managua