Nicaragua is a Central American nation known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and beaches. Vast Lake Managua and the iconic stratovolcano Momotombo sit north of the capital Managua. To its south is Granada, noted for its Spanish colonial architecture and a series of navigable islets rich in tropical bird life. In the midst of this natural beauty, Nicaraguans struggle with staggering unemployment, governmental failures and poor health & education. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Bless Back Worldwide teams traveling to Nicaragua work with our ministry partner, Los Rayos de Esperanza (LRdE). The LRdE compound, about 10 miles south of Granada, includes a school, clinic, business academy and a building that houses a “Mommy & me” program to educate and mentor young mothers. BBW volunteers serve in each of these areas. In addition, our teams work with local barrios to address real life needs – like providing access to clean water, building safe homes, implementing ‘rocket stove’ programs to reduce inhalation of smoke from cooking over open fires. Our trips are designed to match the needs of the community to the gifts, talents, skills, and passions of each team. Bless Back sends teams focusing on medical care, and business development, as well as project based teams who engage in children’s ministry, women’s ministry, evangelism, sports and recreation outreach, construction, and educational workshops and fairs.