In the United States, educational and support services for the disabled are readily available–even taken for granted.  Sadly, this is not the case in many parts of the world, including Guatemala.

Guatemala is one of the poorest, if not the poorest, country in Latin America.  It has the sixth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world.  This is a large factor contributing to the high incidence of special needs in this country.

To meet the various needs we found among the disabled in Guatemala we developed four different strategies which we use in our ministry:

Community Living
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Casa de Esperanza, and Independent Living Home located in San Pedro Las Huertas outside Antigua Guatemala

Education and Discipleship
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Three days a week, Pat teaches English at New Life School in Santa Maria de Jesus, as well as working with the teachers to improve their teaching methods.

Job Training and Employment
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Fidel has started his own small recycling business and “employs” Moises and Roberto to help with the things he can’t do independently.

Family Support
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Through nutritional support and educational scholarships, we help families prevent disabilities and care for their children with special needs in their own homes.