The Community Care Center (CCC) serves the children and families who work at the dump (located in a Ravine) and other families living in extreme poverty in the city of Chimaltenango. These families work 12-14 hour days hoping to collect enough garbage to earn roughly $3 to $4 US dollars a day. In 2012, Orphan Outreach visited the ravine and was moved by the families that work there, and committed to help with this community.Orphan Outreach is now providing comprehensive community outreach to care for the overwhelming needs of these children and families and promote family preservation (keeping children from becoming orphaned). The program is based out of our community outreach building, located near the Ravine in Chimaltenango, called the CCC. The program includes community outreach, educational support and an after school program. Some key objectives of the program include strengthening the families through many different activities offered at the CCC and promoting spiritual growth through bible studies with the children and their families while also connecting families to the local church. Orphan Outreach mission teams have provided clothing, sports equipment, new HELPs stoves and other urgent needs of the children and families.There are 3 different programs within the CCC that have children available for sponsorship:
Community Outreach program
The Community Outreach program is led by a case manager who assesses the needs of each family and their children to provide for the health, physical and spiritual needs of the family. Families receive food bags, medical care, training and counseling. A special emphasis is made to ensure the children are enrolled in schools that meet their individual needs and providing incentives for educational success with a goal towards higher education for each child.
After School program
Children in Guatemala only attend school a half day (usually from 8am-Noon). The After School program provides the children we serve, ages 5-12, with a safe place to go each afternoon to receive additional quality education, spiritual development, a healthy snack and exposure to extracurricular activities (music, art and crafts). Children in the After School program also receive all of the support of the Community Outreach Program.
Higher Education Tutoring program
In Guatemala the public education system ends at 6th grade. Having only a 6th grade education severely limits job opportunities for the children we serve. We support the school tuition and other expenses to allow children in our program to attend higher education past 6th grade. Many of these children also need the additional support of a tutor to help with “gaps” in their early education experience. These Higher Education students attend the CCC every afternoon to work with a qualified tutor who supports their education, ensuring their success at school. Children in the Higher Education program also receive all of the support of the Community Outreach Program.
Population: 12,728,111 (July 2007)
Birth Rate: 29.09 births/1,000 population
Death Rate: 5.27 deaths/1,000 population
Infant Mortality Rate total: 29.77 deaths/1,000 live births
Population below poverty line: 56.2% (2004)
Est. # people living with HIV/AIDS: 61,000; 0.9% adult (15-49) prevalence rate (2005)
Unemployment rate: 3.2% (2005)
Literacy Rate (age 15 + can read & write): 69.1% total population
Estimated 370,000 children (0-17) orphaned (2005)
Type of Government: Representative democracy
Language(s): Spanish (60%); Amerindian languages (40%)
Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant, and indigenous Mayan beliefs
Guatemala is located in Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico, and bordering the Caribbean Sea between Honduras and Belize.
UNICEF estimates that there are more than 370,000 orphans in Guatemala and at least 5,000 children live on the streets of the capital, abandoned by mothers who are too poor to keep them.
Only 24 percent of the population attends Secondary school (1996-2005).
Only 58 percent of municipalities have a secondary school.
Five out of 10 students who enter primary school in urban areas complete primary school, as opposed to only two out of 10 in rural areas.
Some 67 percent of indigenous children suffer from chronic malnutrition.
27 percent of all children under 5 are underweight.
The distribution of income remains highly unequal with about 56% of the population below the poverty line.
The indigenous population, the Maya, make up about half of the population. Mayan languages are spoken alongside Spanish, the official tongue. Many Guatemalans are of mixed Amerindian-Hispanic origin.
Guatemalans live in one of the most inequitable societies in the region. Poverty is particularly widespread in the countryside and among indigenous communities. Illiteracy, infant mortality and malnutrition are among the highest in the region, life expectancy is among the lowest and, in common with many of its neighbors, the country is plagued by organized crime and violent street gangs.
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