Nicaragua faces one of its greatest issues in the form of public health. The developing communities lack local health institutions, as most reliable health programs are located in major cities, rather than rural provinces. Despite being the largest country in Central America, Nicaragua has a weak economy. Consequently, education is limited, while health education is virtually nonexistent. Based on statistics, only about half of the student population move on from elementary school education, and this lack of education has a negative impact on public health and overall general welfare.
I am Jonathan Fu, a high school volunteer, and I hope to work with NICA to establish a comprehensive public health project in rural Nicaragua. Undeniably, an understanding of structured diets, basic nutrients, and physical maintenance is essential to sustaining personal health, but unfortunately, such education is often neglected. NICA is providing an exceptional opportunity for me to travel to Nicaragua and make an impact by working towards community betterment in fields such as health education and nutrition. Moreover, this is an opportunity to contrast the suburban environment with a rural, culturally enriched community. This initiative would promote not only community development, but also communal values as people understand that we are all affected by the same health issues, so the only way to progress is through a collaborative effort in equipping others to deal with them.