Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, second only to Haiti. Thirty percent of the population live on less than $2 a day.
Zambrero’s Plate 4 Plate initiative is helping lift Nicaraguans out of poverty, by supporting Rise Against Hunger’s meal distribution via local aid partner ORPHANetwork.
ORPHANetwork supports 155 feeding programs in the country’s poorest communities. It serves 18,000 Rise Against Hunger meals every week to abandoned, abused and at-risk children in schools, orphanages and local churches.
Children like Maria and Alfredo’s, who are enrolled in the feeding program provided by Iglesia Manantial de Vida in the city of Sandino.
“I have two sons, Darwing, who is 5 years old and Jan Carlos, who is 7 years old,” says Maria. “My husband has a job and I serve in the feeding program my children attend“
“My children have been so blessed from the chance to not only eat, but also to be seen by a medical professional. When my children first came to the feeding program, they were very underweight, but thanks to the nutritional food, the rice with soy and vitamins that they receive, they are at a healthy size according to their weight, height, and age.
By guaranteeing one nutritious meal to children like Darwing and Jan Carlos each weekday, the probability that they can continue living with their families increases significantly.