Pastoral care

Give Scriptures and support to families with children battling cancer in Nicaragua


Since 2009, the Bible Society of Nicaragua (BSN) has run the Hope and Smiles for Children with Cancer project in the Manuel de Jesus Rivera Children’s Hospital, or “La Mascota”, the only hospital in the country to offer specialised care for children with cancer. Through trained pastors and volunteers, BSN provides regular and ongoing spiritual support to families, with Bibles and devotional classes, plus practical assistance to cover costs associated with transport, medicine, nutrition and funerals when needed.

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Unlike public healthcare in developed countries, the hospital system in Nicaragua is under resourced and unable to provide the complete level of care many patients need. Many families lack the personal resources to fill gaps left by the hospital, which compromises their child’s chance of recovery.

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