Ada Maria Betanco, El Pegador, Las Sabanas

_ ”With INPRHU we have learned that we have rights, that we have a voice… because the truth is that I grew up with the spinning top and the club, in my time there were no rights, ah but if there was hard work, my rights were the motet of clothes , the dumpling, and the fire, and look today these children know their rights and they say I have the right to participate, to go to school, to be looked after and the most beautiful thing is that we adults have taken it seriously and in the community plan there we put the activities so that the rights are fulfilled and both they and we take care so that they are fulfilled ”.

Doña Ada Betanco was born in the fifties, with these words she describes and compares her life with that now, together with the residents of her community of El Pegador and eleven other communities in the municipality of Las Sabanas, evaluate and plan community commitments acquired before childhood and adolescence for the fulfillment of their rights.

The Convention on the Rights of Girls and Boys (CDN), an international instrument approved on November 20, 1989, entered into force on September 2, 1990. Nicaragua ratified it on February 15 and entered into force on November 4 of the same year; In addition, our country in 1995 incorporated the CRC into the text of the Political Constitution of the Republic in its article 71.

2019 a year of challenges and challenges to fulfill the rights of children and adolescents … As we celebrate 30 years of the approval of the Convention on the Rights of Girls and Boys by the United Nations General Assembly (CRC) in which It is established that girls and boys are social and rights subjects, citizens of the present, rights holders and protagonists of the transformations of their lives, their families, communities and their countries, it is important to highlight that we are leaving traces in compliance of the rights of children.

INPRHU Somoto since its foundation has worked for the exercise of fundamental human rights and the exercise of new leadership, through the implementation of projects and programs aimed at the exercise of rights.

One of the projects has been: Ecological rights of children and adolescents, with funding from BMZ and TDH Germany, whose main objective has been to sensitize the adult population and decision-makers that children and adolescents are subjects of environmental rights for therefore we must be guarantors who live in a healthy environment, in adequate hygienic and sanitary conditions, free of contamination and scenes free of violence.

In this sense, 12 communities in the municipality of Las Sabanas, located in the Tepecsomot la Patasta nature reserve area, implement community action plans that incorporate actions of childhood and adolescence aimed at promoting and fulfilling rights.

Osiris Sandoval, 12 años Comunidad de Oruce.

“The rights that I liked the most is the right to participate, to recreation and the right to consume healthy food because I want to continue living well and I am also learning to grow healthy because at school we have a garden and we occupy it at snack time school.”

Osiris Sandoval. 12 Años, Comunidad Oruce

“The project has been very beautiful. I really like acting in the plays, people listen to us and we can express what we feel, the things that are being done wrong in the community, it is nice after seeing that people do things like taking care of the water, cleaning, accompanying us on the roads alone, not starting to do heavy things, because that is what we say in the works, it is very beautiful ”

Jatzel José Umanzor Ramos,12 años, Actor de teatro

Grupo de Teatro, Comunidad El Pegador


Arcelia Espinal, Comunidad Oruce-Las Sabanas

Here we were disorganized, it has been the girls and boys who have made way for us to organize, for us it was a shame, they were well organized in the environmental group working for their rights and we each on their side, today we have given that even women have rights we are now studying in another INPRHU project, the Oruce community is organized, executes his plan and we live more communicated, we help each other more, thanks to the little ones we realized that we have rights ”

Delfa González, Lideresa, Comunidad de Buena Vista-Las Sabanas


Today, 30 years after the convention on the rights of the child, I can attest that here in rural communities we are fulfilling that mandate, firstly we have organized ourselves and we have new knowledge, I would say that we are sensitized to the commitment to inherit a better environment, healthy, safe, free from violence and also to keep alive that space of participation of children, adolescents and youth in community decisions, I invite you to reflect that an environment without violence is a safe environment for children.