Nicaragua: Institute of Human Promotion (INPRHU)

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Nicaragua: Institute of Human Promotion (INPRHU)

The Institute of Human Promotion (INPRHU) is the oldest non-governmental organization in Nicaragua. Founded in 1962, INPRHU began its activities in Managua and, since 1990, has expanded its geographical coverage to the departments of Nueva Segovia, Estelí, Madriz and Bluefield.

INPRHU is a non-profit, non-governmental organization working for human rights and the welfare of children, adolescents, families and communities in the department of Madriz. Their goals are the socio-economic research, proposal, the promotion of social change, providing technical assistance, linking the private and public sector, contributing to the development of a new critical social culture, supporting rehabilitation and socio-economic transformation. INPRHU Somoto was created in June, 1990 with the support of cooperating organizations that identified with the mission of INPRHU and their work on preventive health projects at the community level.

Areas of Focus:

  • Promoting human development through the formulation and management of projects and resources
  • The development and implementation of communication strategies aimed at the defense and human rights.
  • Promoting socio-economic development through technical support, implementation of new technologies, education for behavioural change and facilitation of rural microcredit.
  • Strengthening local capacity through training and technical support processes.
  • Articulating our efforts to stakeholders and advocating for the development and construction of citizenship through educational processes.

Major areas of project Focus:

  • Food Security and Nutrition
  • Gender
  • Environment
  • Childhood, adolescence and family
  • Governance
  • Strengthening of the organization and community participation

INPRHU – major programs

Rural Development Program (PRODER)

Promotes economic, social and environmental impact in rural households and communities in the department of Madriz.

Develop actions to strengthen: agricultural development, water and sanitation, basic infrastructure, rural productive infrastructure, technical assistance and training, research, integrated natural resources management, integrated watershed management, rural micro-business, products processing and development of rural markets.

Alternative Rural Education Program (PEAR)

The objective of this program is to generate

a comprehensive technical education alternative relevant to the needs of field development. The program provides technical training of agro ecology, enabling community members to contribute to the economic development of their families and communities by diversifying production. The program also focuses on raising awareness of environmental protection and organic farming practices with teachers and children in the local primary school.

Program for the defense of human rights (PRODDHUM)

The PRODDHUM promote capacity and skills building with their target groups. These groups are empowered to take on the role of advocacy, developing actions based on formal and informal education; construction of citizenship; prevention of child labor; community law and governance; cultural rescue; community health; hygiene and institutional strengthening.

In partnership with Canada World Youth

CWY and INPRHU work in partnership through the Youth Leaders in Action program. In the community of Quebrada Grande, there is a difficult social situation characterized by food shortages and labour migration in the coffee harvest season. Most peasant families only have a small yard; the productive use of the yard is the viable alternative to meet our goal of supporting rural women. The project aims to improve overall health, food safety and security in the community.

Results

Local Nutrition and Food Security

  • Improved health and food security of 24 families in the San José de Palmira sector of the Quebrada Grande community in the municipality of Totogalpa, Madriz.
  • Improve the availability of food through increased production in home gardens, with the participation of mothers, fathers, sons and daughters.
  • Families improve their daily eating habits by incorporating household based food production in their daily diet.
  • Mothers, fathers, sons and daughters improve their knowledge of home gardens and local agriculture
  • Mothers, fathers, sons and daughters improve their water-use and water-capture knowledge
  • Mothers, fathers, sons and daughters improve their knowledge of food security
  • Increasing the supply of healthy food for children, youth and adolescents in schools
  • Improved the availability and diversity of food within the community of Somoto with the garden products and improved food habits of local families
  • Knowledge on community gardens, food security and nutritional sovereignty in Somoto was increased
  • Capture and water retention for family use and agricultural practices was increased

Youth Leaders Initiatives

  • By transforming and commercializing local products (coffee, honey, fruits and vegetables), the Alliance of Young Block The Segovia is supporting young rural micro-entrepreneurs. They are helping them to promote the consumption of healthy and nutritional organic products that use traditional techniques, while respecting modern quality and safety standards.

Institutional Capacity Building

  • Development of a network in Somoto with other local organizations
  • Strengthened the capacity of a local youth organization, Jovenes Segovia, including working with the board of directors to increase their capacity in revolving credit management
  • Increased youth’s capacity to set-up a micro-business through an exchange of experience with successful rural companies
  • Greater capacity for regional networking for project support and development

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