UPNicaragua was founded with the mission to empower young Nicaraguan girls through education and community.
Its founder, Xiomara, has been working since 2011 in partnership with the tourism business sector, raising awareness about children's rights and the vulnerability they faced in the city of Granada.
As she got proximate to the challenges children face in Nicaragua, she was inspired to go beyond raising awareness. With community support she embarked on a journey to seek ways to provide tangible opportunities to empower girls through education and access to the mentors they lack in their communities.
Nicaraguan women constitute more than half the population of the country; their potential to contribute to the country’s development is not only obvious, but necessary.
With Nicaragua’s history of gender inequality and the lack of effective regulatory laws, women have become the main victims of a cycle of abuse, lack of education and opportunities.
When half the population of a country is suffering from abuse, lack of education and opportunities, it is virtually impossible for that country to thrive, hence why women are the priority segment of this program.
Our mission is to empower a young generation of Granada girls with professional and personal skills, which allow them to live safer futures; beyond this we hope to inspire them to live meaningful adult lives through their personal and professional actions in society.
Aligned with the UN sustainable development goals, with special focus on Goal 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”, UPNicaragua works around the overarching goals to promote gender equity by seeking to:
reduce school dropouts due to gender roles,
reduce teenage pregnancy, early marriage and union,
bring awareness about physical, psychological and sexual abuse and exploitation,
teach and promote universal human rights,
develop critical thinking,
develop interest in citizen participation,
encourage 'a pay it forward' approach to life.
We are proud of our team, primarily made up of Nicaraguan education professionals who support girls education programs, engineers who support our coding program and artisans who design and create our accessories.
Every one in our team is committed to UPNicaragua's mission and is a key part of this powerful cycle of goodness.