Dreamer Center School
The Dreamer Center School is a private, accredited elementary school providing free education to 200 children ages 5 through 12. Children attending the Dreamer Center School are from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds and would not be able to afford even the minimal costs associated with public school attendance in Guatemala. The school reaches out to the most vulnerable children in the Antigua area, the same children who would otherwise be farm or domestic workers, beggars, prostitutes or street gang members.
Scheel Center International Technical & Training Center
The Scheel Center is located near a gang-run slum in Jocotenango, a troubled community bordering Antigua. Like the Dreamer Center School, the Scheel Center serves the area’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable students. Many of Scheel’s 150 students come from very troubled homes and backgrounds, escaping lives of drugs, prostitution, and gang violence to pursue a lifelong dream of education. The Scheel Center offers an accelerated elementary education for older-than-average students (some begin first grade at age 12 or 13) and a technical/vocational high school education. These programs give students relevant, marketable skills in areas like woodworking, cooking, gardening, and computers. Students graduate ready to obtain meaningful employment and break the poverty cycle not only in their own lives but for their whole family. The Scheel Center also provides on-site dental care and psychological counseling.
The GOD´S CHILD Project shares a strategic partnership with the Destitute Aged and Young Association (DAYA) in Orissa, India. The DAYA Children’s Home was established in 2004 in the heart of Bhubaneswar, Orissa to provide shelter, education, medical care, food, clothing, and parental love to orphaned and abandoned children. Originally, the children came mostly from a remote tribal area where schooling and medical care are unavailable. The 29 children currently living on-site are cared for by a dedicated staff that help them with their homework, take them on special outings to the park and the zoo, and do the countless things that all good parents do for their youngsters. In addition to caring for the children living on-site, DAYA works in throughout Orissa to educate street and slum children, provide medical care for polio and sickle cell anemia, and rehabilitate children who have suffered physical or mental trauma. You can sponsor a child through
DAYA for just US$30 a month.
The Mothers’ Club is a women’s empowerment group that provides encouragement through weekly classes to over 500 Guatemalan women. Members of the Mother’s Club learn about everything from nutrition, health and wellness to self-esteem, spirituality and human rights. Mothers’ Club attendance is the ticket to collecting fresh produce in the Dreamer Center’s Friday food distribution. For many women, this opportunity to learn, laugh and play together is their only break from the male-centered machismo culture that engulfs the rest of their lives.