The vibrant landscape of Nicaragua includes breathtaking lakes and active volcanoes. Behind the beautiful scenery, however, the six million people who make up Central America’s largest country are among the poorest in the western hemisphere third only to Haiti and Honduras. There are plenty of opportunities for helping organizations to get involved and work for change. Hand in Hand is one organization that is working hard for positive change in peoples’ lives. Do you want to lend a hand?

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Our Work in Nicaragua/Pathway to Change Program

 Hand in Hand opened a permanent office in Managua in August 2005 and since then have established the Pathway to Change educational program:

This program gives nearly 100 children from impoverished backgrounds an opportunity to experience an expanded and well-rounded education in Managua. During the pandemic we’ve gotten creative in supplementing school lessons with the children as schools have been closed since March 18th. 

  • The Children’s Center operates M, W, F for children and their parents to sit quietly with their kids and do homework, use the whiteboards and the internet.
  • Facilitator Family Visits are being done by phone and group messaging to families with news and tips on how to protect themselves and their families.
  • Student Tutoring has began with Professor Juan using video lessons on math and physics for different grade levels. Luvy uses oral story-telling as well as reading aloud with elementary school kids. 

Parents are very involved and proud to have their kids in the program. They commit to the care and supervision of their child’s schoolwork and provide symbolic monthly payments to maintain their child’s enrollment in the program. Our Children’s Center provides a space for daily tutoring, family meetings and various workshops, along with a children’s library.

How can I help?

Sponsor a Child


If you would like to take part in the exciting Pathway to Change program, there are many levels from which you can choose. A full sponsorship costs $2000 U.S. per year per child.

Most sponsors choose to support a specific child while others give general support to the program. For sponsors with a selected child, we will provide a recent photograph and regular updates regarding your child’s progress in school and other major life events in your child’s family.

We ask that any contact between you and your sponsored child be through Hand in Hand, and we ask that you resist the temptation to provide gifts to your sponsored child. The gift of the sponsorship itself is, after all, the gift of a lifetime.

Below is a breakdown of the $2000 sponsorship:
• Tuition, uniforms, books and school supplies – $750
• Transportation, Children’s Center and support – $450
• Breakfast, lunch, vitamins and medical support – $450
• Tutoring, counseling and family support services – $250
• Summer camps, special events and parent meetings – $100

If you would like to sponsor a child,  please contact Tandee Ogburn at or (502) 459.9930. Payment plans are available or donate now.

        Join us for an immersion experience to meet these amazing kids! 

Pathway to Progress (Canada)


Pathway to Progress Nicaragua is a Canadian charity that is dedicated to supporting an innovative program called Pathway to Change in Managua, Nicaragua.  This program provides children from the neediest families with the opportunity for quality education in order to break the cycle of poverty. Money raised in Canada is carefully used to cover the costs of scholarships and education expenses for students enrolled in this program.

Pathway to Change Report Card

Below are the 2020 1st Quarter results for Hand in Hand’s Pathway to Change program in Managua and Leon. All averages are calculated using only core-curriculum courses only (Spanish, English, Mathematics, Science, Philosophy and Social Studies)

1st Quarter results for the Pathway Program in 2020:

  • 90 students started the 2020 school year in the Pathway Program. (74 in Managua and 16 in the city of Leon)       
  • 9 Pathway students were either 1st or 2nd in their class 
  • 34 is the average class size for our Pathway students
  • 50 Pathway scholars achieved outstanding averages of 90% or more
  • 53 of our 90 students were in the top 10 in their class
  • 30 of our 90 students were in the top 5 in their class 
  • 77 Pathway students were in the top half of their class 
  • 85 of our 90 Pathway students achieved a grade average of 80% or better  

Where is Nicaragua?

Capital: Managua

Population: 6,466,000


“My favorite moments encompass meeting the people of Nicaragua. Working side by side is a cultural experience that you cannot obtain reading a book or viewing a documentary.”   – Joan J.

“My life won’t be the same after experiencing last week in Nicaragua—I am so very grateful to have had the opportunity and hope I can go again!  Thank you for all your efforts in planning and carrying out this event. I will always be grateful for the privilege of being a part of this team!”
– P. Lambert

“One of the younger kids, at some point after her medical visit, told her Mom she wanted to become a doctor, too.” – P. Sheehan