Nicaragua has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Central America. According to government between 40 and 45 percent of all pregnancies registered in the country are of women 14 to 19 years of age. The result is a huge number of single mums, because many dads simply deny the responsibilities of new parenthood.
One of the better ways to help combat these statistics comes through proper education and better access to contraception for teenagers. When Quetzaltrekkers heard about a sexual education workshop hosted by three young Nicaraguan women we wanted to know more. Continue reading
Last Tuesday 18th was a busy day for our project Barriletes, in the morning the children attended a dental workshop provided by Quetzaltrekkers Leon and a local dentist, in the afternoon a big party was offered for them as a goodbye to the school year.
Everyone loves to hate dentists, most people in rural Nicaragua don’t have enough money to get their teeth taken care of regularly, but one of the biggest problems starts in their homes where they don’t learn how to take care of their own teeth. Quetzaltrekkers has been lucky enough to find a local dentist who agreed to have a workshop with the children and their parents. The dentist arrived at the school and covered topics on proper flossing and brushing techniques, and common problems such as cavities. When the children were asked who wanted white teeth, some of them doubted at first, but then everyone raised their hand with a big smile. The dentist also talked to the parents who had a lot of questions about milk teeth and deformation of the tooth. At the end of the presentation, each child was equipped with a small tube of tooth paste and a new toothbrush. Also the dentist gave free dental cleaning for three children that needed it urgently. Continue reading