“Landfill Sponsorship Program”
In Zacapa, Guatemala, many families live on the outskirts of town, near the municipal landfill. This landfill is located several miles from the nearest school. The families have no personal means of transportation and make their living by having the entire family, including the children, sort through the trash at the landfill to find recyclable items that can be sold.
The children typically do not have access to education. Holy Cross has joined with Divine Savior, Zacapa, in a partnership arrangement, to provide the children a Christ-centered education. The education will help them rise from poverty, grow to support themselves and their families and bring back the joyous message of Jesus Christ to their families and others.
Each morning the children are picked up from the landfill and transported to school. Knowing that many of the children do not receive regular and balanced meals and knowing how important proper nutrition is for learning, the children will be served breakfast and lunch each school day. After lunch, individual tutoring will be provided before the children are returned to their parents in the afternoon.
In 2015 Holy Cross helped to sponsor 10 students from the Landfill and we are excited about what our impact may be in 2016. Thanks to all the staff at Divine Savior in Zacapa for pouring the love of Christ into these children.
Our goal is that sponsors through Holy Cross Lutheran Church will provide 2/3 of the $230 monthly cost per child. Divine Savior Lutheran Church, in Zacapa, will contribute the remaining 1/3.
The estimated monthly
costs per child are:
- Transportation, food and medical needs – $128
- Registration, tuition, books and supplies – $36
- Daily tutoring – $40
- Uniforms and shoes – $26
The annual commitment for Holy Cross and its sponsors, to provide funding for one student, is $1,550. In 2016 our goal with Divine Savior is to provide scholarships for 12 children. To provide the funding for this program, we need your help to raise $18,600 each year.
How can you help?
By becoming a sponsor, you can bring a Christian education to children who might otherwise never have the opportunity to learn about Christ. Children living in Guatemala, like children living in the United States, have hopes and dreams, but they simply lack the resources to make them come true. You can provide the support that renews their sense of possibility and encourages them to succeed.