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.
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.
Each year, our schools turn away many prospective students because of limited space or geographical distance. When possible, The GOD’S CHILD Project provides these children a monthly scholarship to attend public school. Through scholarship incentives, students earn their educational assistance through good attendance and good grades. Students see their hard work pay off, and their families proudly support them in a venture that pays more than pennies and promises long-term rewards. The GOD’S CHILD Project is currently providing scholarships to over 900 children.
In the United States, The GOD’S CHILD Project and ITEMP speak to students, congregations, community groups, businesses, government officials, law enforcement professionals and others about a wide variety of topics. In Central America and Africa, the lessons focus on agriculture, health, spirituality and self-empowerment. Wherever The GOD’S CHILD Project is speaking, though, our goal is to heighten public knowledge about some of the largest issues facing the world and give each person their own unique way to contribute to the solution.