Our team recently launched our 27th Local Church Initiative (LCI), and it’s the first LCI launch out of our Northern Nicaragua program (where we partner with On Eagle’s Wings Ministries to serve a network of 55 churches).
Pastor Ricardo serves 50 children at Las Chacaras, which is in a rural community located just outside of Leon.
Before the launch Pastor Ricardo’s church was simply serving the children Feed My Starving Children’s Manna packs of rice and soy, and only about 3 times a week. In order to cook the meals the fire had to be started by hand, and it was quite time consuming.
Now that his church has joined ON’s LCI program they are equipped with a new propane powered stove, cooking utensils, bowls, spoons and cups, and the children will now eat an 800+ calorie meal which includes a specialized menu of proteins and vegetables five days a week.
Check out the pictures below to see some of the day’s celebrations. The activities of the launch included: training on dental hygiene and hand washing, prayer for the program, a special lunch for the children, a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate the LCI, followed by health and nutritional assessments. The children were also given hygiene kits to take home from our in-country partner Colgate-Palmolive.