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. In 2005, Hand in Hand Ministries developed a program to enhance the educational opportunities for children living in Managua, in hopes of breaking the cycle of poverty.

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Pathway to Change Program: Child Sponsorship
Hand in Hand launched its Pathway to Change Program in 2005 with just three students. The program has grown to include nearly 100 children ages six to sixteen, who are provided with everything they need to thrive in a private school setting. Books, uniforms, tuition assistance, tutoring, English classes and family counseling are essential ingredients for academic success. We celebrate the accomplishments of 34 program graduates who have continued their studies at local universities.

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.

Our Children’s Center is currently closed because of the pandemic, but school is still in session. All students are still enrolled in school and all learning, tutoring, and family counseling is done with the help of technology. Families who are facing economic challenges are now receiving food assistance. We will continue to meet the needs of all our families to the best of our ability during these challenging times.

The Pathway to Change Program remains in a relatively stable financial position because of our child sponsors who provide financial assistance for nearly half of our student population. Full sponsorship costs $2,000 per year and covers the cost of tuition, uniforms, books, school supplies transportation, nutritional support, counseling, family support services, English classes, swimming lessons, and summer camps. It is a comprehensive educational program designed to open the door to a different life for our students and their families. Sponsors receive quarterly reports on their sponsored child’s academic progress and are encouraged to correspond with their child through our Hand in Hand staff. 

If you would like to learn more about becoming a child sponsor please contact


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  
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.

Ways to Help
“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!”
– Patricia L. 

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