This is a project about Chaguitillo, Nicaragua regarding assisting women in family planning. Poverty and food security are real issues here. The Robinson family has lived in the area 30 years, and married into the area.
Natasha Robinson began years ago assisting women with getting to health clinics particularly for their women's health care needs. She realized that having 7,8, 9 children was very detrimental for the health and safety of many of these women and their families, and began helping women with multiple children be able to afford sterilization.
Other forms of birth control are hard to come by here, very expensive, or low quality forms which can cause health problems for the women. For women with two or more children, sterilization can be of great assistance in caring for the children that they have in terms of education, food, and clothing.
Children who can not afford shoes are not allowed to go to school, nor can they afford state exams, they are mainly stuck caring for younger siblings while the women work, many women here are single, as there is little enforcement for men to pay for children from prior marriages.
Sterilization also allows the women to make resources available for young girls to go to school, whereas with more children, it may only be the males who receive education. With more education women can break the cycle of teenage pregnancy.
Nicaragua is 2nd in Latin America for teenage pregnancy, and much of the population is under 18.