Even though Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, its people remain resilient in the face of adversity. Even in the capital city, Managua, shanty towns and poverty are a part of the landscape. Rural and suburban poverty is even more severe, as is the case with the community of Villa Betania in the outskirts of Masaya.
The people of Villa Betania are industrious and optimistic, taking up any odd job or project that will help their families and community. But it’s hard to look past the great need they face. Housing is generally made up of makeshift shelters. Running water, plumbing and electricity are scarce at best. Daily routines often include covering long distances on foot in order to get water and take the children to school.
Despite these hardships, we know that with their eager dispositions and a little help they will see better days.