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NiCo

NiCo, which stands for Programa de Desarrollo Integral Nino – Comunidad (Program for Holistic Development of Children & Community), is a comprehensive community-based program located in the town of La Paz, where Orphan Outreach partners with the San Jose orphanage.

NiCo was started by Ena Suazo and Esmeralda Recinos in 2010 and is led by a team of volunteers, offering an after school tutoring program twice a week, with a feeding program, for approximately 20 to 25 children from a squatter neighborhood referred by the local public school.

The children attending NiCo come from families living in extreme poverty. They often only eat one meal a day (if that), do not have access to clean water, have no electricity, and no sewage infrastructure. NiCo seeks to help provide a quality education and support services for children and families who are in need.

Orphan Outreach is helping provide administrative support and evaluating what the needs are of the community and its families. The first phase of Orphan Outreach involvement included a full socioeconomic study of the area and families, full psychosocial, educational and development evaluations of each child, and general needs assessments. Together with the NiCo volunteers, Orphan Outreach hopes to expand NiCo to effectively serve the children and families of this community.

Mission teams can build relationship with the children and minister in the after school program by helping with tutoring, Bible studies, and ministering to the families and community.
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