One of the most exciting areas in BuildinGUATE is our Sponsorship Program. We are reaching out to ask people to invest in the education of the kids and teenagers in the school near the dump. Two years ago, due to low attendance and grades, the government wanted to close down the school and use the property as a facility for the dump. Thankfully, the principal, Florencia, reached out to BuildinGUATE and together we campaigned to get more kids in school and raise the grades. From 60 kids enrolled in 2014 to over 180 in 2016, we are hopeful the numbers will continue to rise. The opportunity to go to school will not only provide options for their futures but also helps to keep the kids from working on the dump, which is a very dangerous place to work. In Central America it is believed that only 3 out 10 children graduate from the 6th Grade. We hope to change that statistic in this small town.
You can help a child attend school and earn an education with the proper supplies by committing to be a sponsor for one full school year! For $360, sponsored children will be provided with the necessary school supplies for the entire year. Included in this price to sponsor a child is: 2 uniforms, 2 pairs of shoes, undergarments, socks, all required school supplies (including books and materials) and also a portion goes to help offset the cost of paying the salaries of 3 teachers.
That brings me to a second need in the school: Funding for the salaries for 3 of the 6 teachers. The government is only paying the salaries for 3 teachers and the principal. God has been faithfully supplying the amount of money we need to employ the other 3 teachers and we are confident He will continue to do so. At the end of this month we will no longer have any funds in the bank to pay for their salaries. One year salary for one teacher is $3500.00. The teachers we have hired are phenomenal. They travel in to this small town from the city by bus and walking everyday. They are passionate about the kids they teach and care deeply for them. We are so blessed to have Nadia, Astrid, and Josselin as our teachers for the 2nd-6th grades. Nadia and Josselin both teach 2 grades each and all of them have so much work they have to do. We are praying we will be able to soon hire more teachers to lessen the load on those with nearly 40 kids in one classroom.
Other benefits the children receive by going to school include breakfast everyday. Three days are provided by the government and the other 2 days are provided by BuildinGUATE. Kids will have weekly Bible Class and we hope to begin a weekly English class this next year. For kids with good attendance and grades, we will provide food bags for the entire family as an incentive.
Would you consider investing in the children’s educations by sponsoring a child for $360 a year and/or helping to raise the needed $10,500.00 this year for our three teacher’s salaries?
You can make a donation two ways:
On our website http://www.buildinguate.com you can fill out an application to sponsor a child and then press the DONATE button. On the last page of the payment section you will find a comment box and we ask you designate the funds to Sponsoring a Child’s Education and or Teacher’s Salaries.
The second way is to make your donation to BuildinGUATE, Inc., designating the funds to Sponsoring a Child’s Education and or Teacher’s Salaries. Then mail it to BuildinGUATE, Inc. 2314 Rugby Lane College Park, GA 30337.
Please join us in prayer as we near the beginning of a new school year in January. Pray for provision, success and growth spiritually for all of the children, teachers, and BG volunteers. Pray that the Lord will be made known and that this school and community will be a mighty force for Him.
THE LORD IS CLEARLY AT WORK WITHIN THIS MINISTRY. I AM HONORED TO BE A PART OF IT. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT BUILDINGUATE, VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE BUILDINGUATE OR OUR WEBSITE AT HTTP://WWW.BUILDINGUATE.COM
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING MY SUPPORT TEAM YOU CAN SEND CONTRIBUTIONS TO:
SOUTH TULSA BAPTIST CHURCH
10310 S SHERIDAN
TULSA, OK 74133
****SPECIFY THAT THE CONTRIBUTION BE ALLOTTED TO THE“GUATEMALA MISSION ASSOCIATE” ***NOT MY NAME