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T-O-I engaged in Nicaragua (Opening 2016)

  • Country: The Republic of Nicaragua
  • Geographic Location: Nicaragua, set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
  • Capital: Managua
  • Official language: Spanish
  • Currency: Nicaraguan córdoba

Statistics on Poverty in Nicaragua.

Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Central America, ahead of Haiti. Fifty-seven percent of those in poverty reside in the bigger cities like the capital. Natural disasters have been a big factor increasing poverty.

  • According to the World Bank, 43% of the population lives on less than $2 per day.
  •  45% to 65% of all Nicaraguans are either unemployed or underemployed.
  • 53% of the population being age 18 or less, the country’s poverty most severely affects women and children.
  • 1 of every 3 Nicaraguan children is malnourished.
  •  238,827 children between the ages of 5 and 17 were economically active, with 36.1 percent of working children being under age 14.

While current and official statistics remain unknown, unofficial reports indicate that child labor has increased since 2005.

  • The U.N. says that only 48% of the children graduate from the 6th grade.
  • One out of every 4 children is born to a teenage mother. 13% are born to a girl between the ages of 10 and 14.
  • One-third of all Nicaraguan children never enroll in elementary school, fail to attend, or drop out before reaching the sixth grade.
  • Other risks that threaten the well-being of Nicaragua’s children and youth are malnutrition, teenage pregnancy and early marriages, child trafficking and sexual exploitation, gang involvement and HIV and AIDS.

Statistics on Children/Orphans in Nicaragua.

  • Orphans 130,000
  • Infant Mortality 23.5 per 1000
  • Child poverty Rate 42.50 %
  • Child Malnutrition 30.50%
  • Child Marriage 40.60%
  • Approximately 320,000 Nicaraguan children aged 5-14 are involved in child labour activities.
  • Three in five Nicaraguan children are employed in the agricultural sector, working mostly in the banana, cotton and tobacco industry.
  • In Managua, nearly 1,000 children live on the city’s largest garbage dump “La Chureca” where they dig for food or recyclable material that is later sold in the streets of the city. Thousands of homeless children roam the streets without access to food, education or family support. Most of them sniff glue in order to forget about their daily hardships.
  • According to estimates by the World Bank, 8 to 12 percent of all children below the age of 18 in Nicaragua work or live in the streets – or both.

Statistics on unemployment in Nicaragua.

While the entire country of Nicaragua has an unemployment rate of only 12 percent, it does exceed 20 percent within the poor families in rural areas. Some poor families will try to migrate to more urban areas if they have enough resources and money so that they can improve their own personal living conditions. Without more access to public and natural resources, the rural areas of Nicaragua will continue to increase in poverty. In recent years, the unemployment rate has been steady at around 6 percent.

Labor force:

2.98 million (2015 est.)

Labor force – by occupation:

  • agriculture: 31%
  • industry: 18%
  • Services: 50% (2011 est.)

Unemployment rate:

  • 1% (2015 est.)
  • 6% (2014 est.)
  • 2% (2013 est.)


Drug addiction of youth in Nicaragua

  • Drug consumption in Nicaragua rose in 2011, particularly on the Atlantic coast where the transshipment of drugs is highest
  • The highest rate of users can be found among young men and women, aged between 19 and 25 years, followed by the age group between 26 and 34.
  • Drug trafficking is heavier on the north coast of Nicaragua, the Caribbean side.
  • Cannabis users made 2.2 %, followed by 1% cocaine users, 0.5% Crack users and 0.5% for opioids users.
  • The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported that 0.7 percent of the population aged 12-65 abused cocaine.


Vocational Training

T-O-I recognizes that whether you are an 18-year-old orphan graduate, a young mother, or just have not had the opportunity to learn job skills, an opportunity to have practical job skills training can be the difference between just being able to survive and having hope for a brighter future.  For these reasons, T-O-I has created a Vocational Skills Training Program.  This program is designed specific for each country that T-O-I works in to ensure that the sustainable skills and training is relevant to the specific context.


The program is focused on two very specific demographics.  First, the program is focused no the child labor problems that plague most countries. Many teenagers quit school, either because they are bored, or because they need to help support their families with additional income, or both.  Many of these children work abusive hours for very little pay, well below the market rate; but they have no choice.

The T-O-I program requires that youth participants remain in school full time, and work hard to receive good grades.  After school, participants are allowed, in accordance with local law, to attend the T-O-I program. While attending the program the participants are taught needed skills, allow to work very reduced hours at a good wage, to ensure they can bring income home to their families.

By providing a very controlled environment T-O-I creates a safe place for these youth to grow, learn, and earn; giving them hope and opportunities while they finish their education.


The second focus demographic for the T-O-I program is widows, disabled, and other at-risk groups.  These groups may be job placement program applicants and/or high-risk people in need of proper training and opportunity to provide for themselves and their families.

No matter the demographic, the skills training and opportunity provided by T-O-breaks the poverty cycle; providing hope, and the opportunity to the most “in need” people in the world.

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Become a Trainer: hello@t-o-.org

Grand opening of new branch of T-O-M

Today, 1st of September 2015, more afghan people got an opportunity to improve their lives, because today T-O-M in Afghanistan has opened new branch.  The new branch opened its doors and welcomed all afghan people who are interested in developing their businesses.  T-O-M serves businesses and individual entrepreneurs by offering business investment services to help them develop their businesses.

Today governmental officials, district leaders and representatives of local and international NGOs came to the opening of the new branch. There were speeches given by the CEO of T-O-M and guests, such as the Executive Director of AMA, Najib Samim, wishing success to the new office.

The new microfinance product “musharaka” was also presented today during the opening. According to the Executive Director of AMA, T-O-M is a first company to offer the musharaka product to afghan businesses and the first company who will put it into practice.  According to the practices of other countries, musharaka is the most suitable for the economy of developing countries such as Afghanistan. T-O-M’s musharaka product conditions and requirements are based according to the Sharia law. All T-O-M business development officers are trained on the new product and have already provided services to clients.

T-O-M, as a part of T-O-I, has social performance and social responsibly at the core of its mission. Subsequently, the T-O-M Social Performance Manager introduced guests to the Social Performance and Social Responsibility programs being implemented by T-O-M. Currently a Transition Home for orphan boys, Job placement services for widows and orphans, handicraft design business development, and disaster relief programs are being targeted in Kabul.

At the end of the event there were fresh pastries served and guests were given souvenirs to remember the event.

We are grateful to be able to help and serve more people in Afghanistan. We believe that everyone has a right to opportunities that improve their lives and each person can help someone to Improve his/her life.

Orphan Graduate Transition Homes

One globally overlooked at risk group are Orphan Graduates. These young boys and girls graduate the local orphanage and are sent out to fend for themselves.  When they “graduate” from the orphanage as teenagers, they have nowhere to go, nowhere to live, and no life skills to help them become independent.  As many as 60% of these girls find their way to prostitution, and as many of these boys turn to crime resulting in 70% of them serving time in prison.  These youth simply do not have options when they are forced to leave the protection of the orphanage.

Tikkun Olam International believes that when a child has a safe place to live, adequate food, and an education, they then have the means to become self-sustaining, they have hope, and they can stand on their own two feet.   For this reason, T-O-I is involved in establishing Transition Homes for Orphan Graduates.

A T-O-I Transition Home provides a safe place for adolescent boys or girls to develop into responsible young adults. These youth have mentors who work with them and help them to set the goal, and achieve them.  They are provided with food, hot and cold water for showers, comfortable beds, and a mentoring family environment.  They learn how to clean, cook, and care for their property as these basic life skills are many times not taught in the orphanage.

With the assistance of the T-O-I job placement program, all of the participants are required to find a full-time job.  T-O-I helps them to learn how to responsibly save money.  Upon their completion of the Transition Home program, they are accompanied by a mentor to purchase essential household items; with the money in their savings account.  Most participants enter the program with little more than the clothes on their backs. Yet when they leave they have not only clothes, and essential household items, they have a family to turn to, the life skills that they need, sustainable income, and hope for the future.

The Transition Home gives them hope and support for a better future, helps to demonstrate the power of education, and prevents the next generation from being lost to the street, prostitution and crime.

If you would like to meet some of the Transition Home program participants, you can read about them at http://t-o-i.org/resources-2/latest-stories/

If you are interested becoming a Transition Home Mentor, please contact us at hello@t-o-i.org

If you are interested in financially contributing to the monthly support of the Transition Home, please contact us at http://t-o-i.org/one-time-contribution/


Volunteer Trips

We are always looking for volunteers to work in the field. These team members will have the opportunity to travel to a field location and help teach some of our vocational training courses, lead community projects, or our local staff members. These can be trips ranging from 2 weeks to 1 month. If you feel like using some of the gifts and talents you have been given to help others, then a teaching trip is for you! Here is a list of some of the courses we offer. Some of these courses will offer training for job placement and some of these courses will provide the know-how of managing a home and family. If you have a talent that you would like to share with others and do not see it listed here, please contact us as we are always looking for new courses to add. We are very excited to have you work alongside our field staff.

Basic Computer English Jewelry Making
Boutique and Design Cooking Baking
Beautician Housekeeping Furniture and Wood Carving
Barber Carpentry Masonry
Electrical Plumbing Tailoring
International Cooking Health and Hygiene Computer Programming
Security Training Journalism Sewing by Hand
Basic Veterinary (Intro to animals) Financial Management Business Management

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THE T-O-I Model

There are 5 key aspects to the T-O-I model of life development and life transformation:

  • Transition Homes for Orphan Graduates; giving them a safe environment to transition to responsible adult living, with mentors to guide them.
  • Vocational Skills Training; giving individual training to the most at-risk people, including widows and youth, to insure they have an opportunity to improve their livelihood.
  • Job Placement Assistance; preparing, assisting, and placing participants in sustainable job opportunities in their immediate communities.
  • DIY Creations; working with women who are not able to work outside the home to create “at home” income opportunities.
  • Social Entrepreneurship; working with the smallest business owners to help them improve their capacity, meet their goals, and improve their livelihood.

The T-O-I model is based on the belief that by meeting people where they are at, and helping them with their greatest needs, you build a meaningful long-term relationship, give them hope, and help them change their future.

T-O-I has a strong commitment to helping those people who are the most at risk.  Whether it is an orphan graduate, a widow trying to provide for her children, or a father trying to provide for his family, the spectrum of need can be found in the T-O-I model.  T-O-I has successfully put this model into practice under the most difficult circumstances.  Proving that long-term life transformation is possible if you are willing to meet people where they are at, get involved in their lives, and build a meaningful relationship.

Orphan Graduate Transition Homes – T-O-I recognizes that when orphans graduate from their orphanage they have very few options for a safe environment.  For this reason, T-O-I endeavors to provide a safe environment for them to continue a safe transition to self-sustainable independent adult living, with mentors, and access to T-O-I programs.

Vocational Skills Training – T-O-I recognizes that whether you are an 18-year-old orphan graduate, a young mother, or just have not had the opportunity to learn job skills; an opportunity to have practical job skills training can be the difference between just being able to survive and having hope for a brighter future.

Job Placement Assistance – T-O-I works with the most at risk people to help them find full and part time employment. This is about identifying skills, preparing participants for interviews, helping find job opportunities, and both short term and long term mentoring and guidance.   The goal is always long-term, sustainable, life changing livelihood improvement.

DIY Creations – T-O-I acknowledges that not every person can work outside the home. Many women are bound to the home to take care of children, or family members.  For this reason T-O-I works with these participants to provide “in home” opportunities for income through crafts, production, etc.  These opportunities provide income, hope, and a sense of worth for these women.

Social Entrepreneurship – T-O-I works with beneficiaries that have the skills and desire to start businesses and the smallest businesses at the bottom of the economic sector to help improve their capacity. This includes farming/agriculture, livestock, etc. from a holistic approach.  This assistance can come in many forms, from mentorship and training, to supplying livestock to help the business grow.

By working hand in hand with qualified participants to train them and help them start businesses T-O-M empowers people with hope and dignity.

T-O-I’s unique model is designed to reach those people most in need of assistance and to transform their lives. It is about the people, the relationships, giving them hope and investing in their lives.   This approach has produced amazing, life-changing, long-term transformation.

Vision, Mission & Core Values


We envision a world where the most at risk people have opportunity to raise themselves out of poverty in a dignified way.


The core mission of T-O-I is to provide sustainable, life changing, opportunities to the most at-risk people groups.  Meeting them at their greatest need, showing them opportunity, and being a catalyst to life changing transformation, hope, and a sustainable livelihood.

Core Values


To take responsibility means that you take the action necessary without waiting for someone else to tell you to do it.


Accountability means to be responsible for our daily work. If we do something wrong then we will personally be accountable for the mistake


A person shows respect to others in their words and actions.  A person gets respect by showing respect, not because of their position or title


Transparency means that everything you do, you can do in front of others as you have nothing to hide and no secrets.  You strive to always do what is right and admit when you are wrong


We must always work through difficult situations.  We know that through perseverance we will gain knowledge and understanding therefore, we will succeed.


We show compassion to those we serve, both clients and non-clients.  Compassion is the act of being kind and considerate, and showing concern and empathy for the well-being of others


Dedication is a person is willing to do whatever it takes to help another person, organization, or a cause they believe in.  They do so without asking or expecting any personal benefit in return.


To be helpful or useful to someone by giving them something that is needed or wanted.


Encouragement is to boost and motivate others; supporting them during difficult times or in difficult circumstances


By working together we can repair and transform the world.


Continually working to improve our skills, abilities, and program to meet the needs of the people we serve.