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This program begun September 2015
with six women from the Pisuli community.
Each woman all had children enrolled as part of the Saturday program, Camp Emmanuel.
In three years, we have grown to 22 women, most of them mothers of at least 2 kids. And, as a result of this class, they are now able to support their families by paying for basics like utilities, food and school supplies for their kids.
This program has had a big impact empowering woman; teaching them to know that they are capable and that they have wonderful gifts from God.
Started in March 2010 as a response to a need in the Pisuli community. On average, we have 300 beneficiaries between kids and teenagers.
Over time, we have experienced the parental involvement from the community in our volunteering. We currently have 30 adult volunteers from within the community on average that support our different activities during the week.
Wednesday camp started in 2015 because we had outgrown our space on Saturday for Camp Emmanuel. The space we have and the amount of kids showing up on Saturdays forced us to decide to take one of the groups to Wednesday.
Activities start early:
At 8:30 a.m. begins a small group led by one of our volunteers with 10 young girls, in which we have seen huge growth and spiritual formation.
At 10:30 a.m., we shop for groceries and at 11:30 a.m. we get together with the kitchen volunteers who cook for lunch.
At 1:00 p.m., the teachers and cleaning volunteers arrive. We have a devotion and we pray together. At 1:30 p.m., we receive our kids and start with recreational activities. After that, they go to their classrooms where they have lunch, get a bible lesson and have some handcrafts. Our service ends at 3:30.
On average we serve around 60 kids between 2-6 years. There are some kids between 9-11 years old.
At 3:45 p.m., begins a small group with the volunteer moms for the community. They have experienced spiritual growth and unity from what we do in Camp Emanuel.
From 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., we have family visits in which we give advice and pray for the ones in need.
At 5:00 p.m., we end with a prayer time with the volunteers.
Saturday is the day where we have most of the kids and teenagers, approximately 180 – 200 every Saturday.
We have activities such as: bible teaching, handcrafts, recreational activities and lunch.
After the rapid growth we experienced in 2016, we changed our schedule into three shifts which are the ones that exist now.
In each shift, there is a group of volunteers that support the different activities. Thirty minutes before each shift, we have a devotion and a prayer time.
First shift 9:00 to 11:30
Second shift 12:00 to 14:30
Third shift 15:00 to 17:00
Cleaning 17:00 to 18:00
One of our volunteers Dr. Carolina Vargas, a pediatrician who directs our medical support is in charge of checking the kids. In cases where they need to go to a hospital, they get referred to the closest one. She has helped many kids and mothers with medicines, prescriptions and interventions.
In 2018, we signed an agreement with Asociacion Cristiana de Jovenes ACJ. They use our space 3 times a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. hosting 90 kids on average a day and providing lunch and school support. They also have a psychologist who helps in certain cases.
This non-profit works with kids at risk of street begging or child labor. Through them, we have been connected to another non-profit CRESER who had provided workshops to improve familial relations.
Your sponsorship will help provide a meal a week, a back pack and school supplies for a year, a pair of shoes at Christmas and a special gift at birthday.
For $15 a month plus a special donation in December of $35, you will provide all of these life-changing things for one child.