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Biggest Needs

There are several programs that still need funding so CEPAD can complete all of the scheduled program activities. If you have questions about either of these programs and what the funding is needed for please be in touch.  

Sustainable Agriculture

1. Train 188 farmers to use ecological techniques.

2. Train 235 women with family gardens.

3. Continue training the 41 farmers in Nueva Guinea with the focus of the chain of value of plantains.

4. Start the training of 36 farmers in El Jicaral with the focus of the chain of value of plantains.

5. Establish 766 manzanas (around 1,300 acres) of vegetables with 1,022 small farmers cultivating 54,386 plants, using 4 new techniques to resist climate change.

6. Contribute to the family nutrition of 1,363 farmers by promoting eating 2 root vegetables, 2 vegetables, and 1 fruit produced in the family gardens.

7. Improve the quality of water by providing 236 filters to an equal number of families.

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Women's Empowerment

Women in Nicaragua struggle to be breadwinners for their families. They often are left in charge of the household and their children. Even if women have the opportunity to work out of their home they don't have the experience needed to easily find a job. 

CEPAD provides women with training to start their own small businesses. A focus is on creating or selling products that are needed and used in their rural villages. 

1. Train 235 women in the 47 communities through three workshops each year.

2. Guarantee the operation of 14 community banks.

3. Host an annual exchange in each of the 7 zones with a participation of all 235 women.

4. Host an annual forum with 47 women (one from each community) to exchange ideas.

Leadership Development

1. Strengthen the capacities of local leaders by training 282 leaders.

2. Advise the 47 Community Development Committees (CDC’s).

3. Promote self-generated projects by the CDC in the 47 communities. That they would coordinate with local government or other nonprofits present where CEPAD works between January and November.

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Pastoral Leadership

Pastors play a vital role in rural Nicaraguan villages. 40% of the population identifies as being a member of an Evangelical Church. Traditionally pastors are leaders of their churches but their influence does not extend far beyond the walls of their church. 

CEPAD's vision is for pastors to play a much bigger role in their villages with an emphasis on service, organization and participation in community development and to have pastors united around the needs of the population. 

This program also trains ecclesiastical leaders to lead auto-study biblical groups and trains young people to provide psychosocial accompaniment for the villages to attend to issues of drug addiction, alcoholism and family violence. 

There are still parts of this program that need funding to complete the scheduled activities. 

1. Have 12 pastoral assemblies with the participation of 180 leaders.

2. Train 36 pastors in the municipal committees as Theological Education and Development Promoters.

3. Strengthen the organization of 6 pastoral committees made up of 36 members through the annual plan.

4. Train 141 youth leaders in basic counseling tools.

5. Train 130 pastors in the border areas of Nicaragua.

6. Train 25 pastors and leaders in the municipalities of Santa Teresa and La Conquista (Carazo), El Jicaral (León), and Somoto (Madríz).

7. Train 47 facilitators to have 47 study groups.

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