Chalice has been serving children and seniors in Guatemala since 2001 in the small town of Champerico. Of all of our sites around the world, our Guatemalan families have most embraced the power of prayer, and are enthusiastic about forming prayer groups for adults and children.
Children in Guatemala are vulnerable to high dropout rates in favour of finding work. Malnutrition is common in the areas where Chalice works because the most affordable meals are filling but nutrient-poor carbohydrates. Families in these communities struggle with high rates of violence due to the presence of gangs and drug trafficking.
Through the support of sponsors and donors, Chalice and our local partners focus on:
- Education - Providing after-school support programming to keep children in school. Additionally, to receive an education that will lead to post-secondary, children must enroll in private high schools for their final two years. Chalice provides assistance and scholarships to reduce these barriers to post-secondary education.
- Nutrition – our partners implement school feeding programs through the support of the Chalice Children Nutrition Program.
- Livelihood - providing opportunities for parents to find work or begin their own income-generating projects
Our site in Guatemala:
Luis Amigo – Chalice has partnered with Proyecto Fray Luis Amigó in the small town of Chamerpico since 2001. Sr. Romelia Velásquez and her congregation of the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family oversee the sponsorship program for both children and seniors. The site is composed of two separate nutrition centres for malnourished babies, two soup kitchens and a seniors centre. Chalice Children funds provide a daily lunch at the soup kitchen, 5 days/week in the My Golden Years dining room. In addition to sponsorship, the site provides adult education and skills training, speech therapy, and psychological support for children and families.