The Nicaragua Initiative for Community Aid (NICA)

We are dedicated to providing nutritional and educational support to pre-school children in some of the poorest neighbourhoods of Nicaragua's capital city, Managua. Despite their best efforts, many families are unable to provide a balanced diet for their children. We address this serious problem by supporting pre-existing grassroots organizations called ollas communales (communal pots or kitchens), founded and operated by local women. These ollas serve a dual role as both basic pre-schools and lunch-time feeding centers for under-nourished children in their respective communities, sustaining an average of about 50 children each.

NICA is a Canadian-based non-profit organization. We are a registered charity as declared by the Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA). All donations from within Canada will receive a tax-deductible receipt.