There are two programs that still need funding so CEPAD can complete all of the program activities scheduled for 2021. If you have questions about either of these programs and what the funding is needed for please be in touch. 

Women's Empowerment

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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. 

165 women participating in this program are beginning their training in 2021 and are learning the basics of how to build their small businesses. 

There are still parts of this program that need funding to complete the scheduled activities in 2021. 

  • Training for 165 women in jewelry and other designs

  • 3 exchanges of experiences between women participating in the program to learn from each other

  • Staff expenses for planning and carrying out programs in rural Nicaragua

Total amount needed to complete the program for 2021:  $20,087 

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. 36 pastors are part of this program in the 40 villages. 

This program also trains a total of 40 ecclesiastical leaders to lead auto-study biblical groups and trains 120 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 in 2021. 

  • 2 trainings for facilitators of 188 auto-study groups

  • 2 trainings for theological education and development promoters

  • 3 experience exchanges for young people participating in the psychological accompaniment program

  • Staff expenses for planning and carrying out programs in rural Nicaragua

Total amount needed to complete the program for 2021:  $19,258

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Biggest needs for 2021