Chalice sponsor children in ParaguayChalice has been serving children and seniors in Paraguay since 2012 in four sites in primarily urban communities. Compared to neighbouring countries, there are very few international NGOs working in Paraguay. In the communities where Chalice works, there are no similar programs and the family circle-based sponsorship program is highly distinctive.

Children in Paraguay are at a high risk of dropping out of school to find work, exacerbated by the high cost of education after junior high and the few opportunities for post-secondary education. Families who live outside major urban centres have extremely little access to public services. In the communities where Chalice works, families struggle with high rates of domestic and criminal violence.


Chalice sites in Paraguay:

Dominica
Chalice sponsor child Dominica ParaguayChalice has partnered with Proyecto Dominica, based in Luque and Villarica, since 2004. Site Director Hermana Ursulina Benítez, O.P., and the Dominican Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, oversee the sponsorship program for both children and seniors across five locations. They run four separate homes for boys, girls, seniors, and at-risk adults.

In addition to sponsorship, the site provides adults skills training workshops on baking, embroidering, sewing, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Dominica Site also has a partnership with a local health centre to provide checkups for the children and elderly.

Some sponsorship highlights in 2018:
- 90% of sponsored children attend school regularly.
- An agreement was signed to support several training programs for fathers, mothers, youth, and adolescents in various subjects, between the Dominica Site and the National Service of Professionals.
- Families can access free care in the dental office of the San Pedro Chapel, which has a modern dental chair, radiographic equipment, lighting, and comfortable and adequate buildings.
- 160 children have benefited with lunch from Monday to Friday, thanks to the Chalice Children program.
- 12 family circles received training on the importance of consumption of nutritious food.
Annual Report 2018 for Dominica - Read about our Year!
Villeta (CMAVIL)
Chalice Villeta sponsor siteChalice has partnered with the Hijas de Maria Auxiliadora (Daughters of Mary Help of Christians) in the city of Villeta since 2012. Sr. María Graciela Fernàndez Candia and her Salesian congregation run the sponsorship program from the Centro María Auxiliadora - Villeta (CMAVIL), as well as providing after-school programming and two soup kitchens. The site runs an illness prevention program, clinics, dental and parasite programs, and artisanal skills training for women.

Some sponsorship highlights in 2018:
- 95% of sponsored children and adolescents attend school regularly.
- 100% of sponsored children and adolescents have the necessary school supplies for their studies and 28 young people have enrolled in secondary education.
- 70% of sponsored families provide nutritious food to their children, thanks to the talks in family circles and the monitoring of purchases.
- All family circles have been reorganized, improving community strengthening.
- 80 families have started businesses to generate their own income, thanks to the gift catalogue and other programs.

Annual Report 2018 for CMAVIL - Read about our Year!


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