Working with Feed The Hungry Nicaragua

Feed The Hungry Nicaragua

Kendra Doutt

Kendra Doutt and her team work very closely at Feed the Hungry Nicaragua. Many of the people on her staff are kids that once benefited from the program.

Bismarck is one of the most active staff members. While he was in college, Kendra first hired him to do small jobs then eventually he started as inventory control. When he was 8 or 9, Bismarck had an experience with an organisation that came to his community in Granada. Their simple act of giving him shoes gave him a mission to help others feel that joyous feeling he felt that day; that someone cares.

Another is Josefa, a girl that was abandoned by her prostitute mother and struggled to overcome poverty, shame, and hopelessness. Through a local daily feeding program, Josefa was given a Bible, learned about Jesus and accepted Him. Kendra asked her if she’d like to join her and work with kids, and Josefa responded that “it was what she was created to do.”

There are also 60 students that are in the Sumrall Scholarship program. These students have their school and books fees paid through Feed the Hungry, keeping them in school instead of working for money.

Through the partnership, Kendra and her team can share the Gospel, food, shoes, and more with children in need. They get to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus.

The ministry’s long-term goal is to share the Gospel and food where others have not been able to go. They want to open roads and leave a legacy in the areas they work. They believe that the mission is never ending and see the limits that have held many back as encouragement to go beyond.

The most impactful moment of the ministry was the day they brought food and clothes to San Juan de Nicaragua after Hurricane Otto. The trip was eight days long when they originally thought it would be two. Two of those days were spent on the San Juan River and some of the staff were scared as they didn’t know how to swim and the boat was struggling. When they arrived, the joy of the people filled their hearts beyond what the fears did on the way there.

Customs clearance costs and education of people in charge of feeding centers are challenges the ministry faces.

About Nicaragua

Country Statistics

  • Population: 6,359,689 (2023 est.)
  • Below the Poverty Line: 24.9% (2019 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: 75.05 years (2023 est.)
  • Literacy Rate: 82.6% (2015)
  • Human Development Index: 126/191 (2022)
  • Global Climate Risk Index: 49 (2019)

About the Children

  • Under the Age of 14: 24.16% (2023 est.)
  • Children under 5 Underweight: 4.6% (2012)
  • Average Years of Schooling: 6.9 years (2020)

Causes of Death

  • Hepatitis A, Typhoid Fever, Malaria, Dengue Fever.
  • Others include diarrhoeal diseases and birth complications.

Droughts and water pollution threaten the livelihood of Nicaragua’s people.

Human trafficking is a major issue as well. These people are subjected to forced labour in sex work, illegal drug production, and drug trafficking.

Nicaragua is a major destination for child sex tourists from the United States, Canada, and Western Europe.

Cocaine smuggling point and arms-for-drugs dealing.

  • Photo of Manuel and other children and adults scavenging through garbage in Nicaragua. Manuel is wearing an oversized red shirt, holding a metal pole while standing upon garbage with a serious expression.