Members of rural villages receive training to solve the biggest needs in their villages. CEPAD trains 5 members of each village to be leaders. They fix problems such as road repair, house repair, lack of potable water, access to public transportation and healthcare. Youth are also trained to help provide counseling services for mental health crises, drug and alcohol addiction and family
Women in Nicaragua struggle in a male dominated society. Their contributions are often not valued in their homes or their communities. With training women learn to become entrepreneurs to start their own small businesses and generate income for their families. This helps to improve their self-esteem, provide income and improve their standing in their villages.
FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT
Traditional farming in Nicaragua is harmful to the environment and with climate change families often cannot grow enough food for their families. CEPAD teaches farmers to use sustainable farming methods and helps them to grow healthy nutrition foods for their families. Farmers go from growing an average of 3 foods to an average of 25.
CEPAD works to support pastors in Nicaragua by providing them with biblical training to provide deeper understanding of the bible and helps them become leaders both in their churches as well as in their communities.
TRAVEL AND PARTNERSHIPS
Connecting individuals and churches to the people and country of Nicaragua is an important part of CEPAD's work. While the two countries of the United States and Nicaragua have had political challenges in the recent past CEPAD brings people from the two countries together to foster understanding and build relationships.