a result of the destruction caused by earthquakes, civil war and
Hurricane Mitch, there are over 10,000 children orphaned or abandoned
in Nicaragua. Many of them live in garbage dumps or on the streets
of Managua. Two years ago Pastor Jose Rocha, who was a political
prisoner for 10 years in Nicaragua and then fled to Costa Rica,
felt led by God to return to his homeland. There he began to develop
CECRISDEFA, a Christian orphanage and school meeting the needs
of these children.
his time in Costa Rica, Pastor Rocha developed close friendships
with Carlos Chacón and Otto Kladensky of Christ for the
City, an organization with which MPPC has maintained a strong
relationship blossomed into a new partnership between MPPC and
CECRISDEFA. As a result of this new involvement of MPPC and other
churches, CECRISDEFA now operates a daily feeding program for
100 children, a Christian elementary school (K-6) with 350 children
attending, and a childrens shelter that will eventually
house 48 street children.
to be added to the CECRISDEFA complex are a secondary school (7-12)
for another 350 children and a medical/dental facility. A church
facility and trade school are planned as well. These changes are
impacting and transforming the lives of children in Managua.