El Oreganal CarePoint

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El Oreganal is a small community in Teculutan, which is in the Department/State called Zacapa. This is part of a very dry zone of the country known as the “arid corridor” – a geographical zone receiving little precipitation throughout the year and usually characterized by very hot weather.

Currently, there are between 150-200 children in the community available for Friendship through Children’s HopeChest. A partnership with the El Oreganal CarePoint will give the children an opportunity to continue to grow physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

About the Community

Assets

  • People: Human resources are a large asset. There are many women in the community who are willing to work.
  • Land: There is land available for purchase to run various programs.
  • Relationships: There are strong relationships with the COCODE (local leadership) and the Evangelical Church.
  • Pastor: The pastor of the church is respected in the community and is respected and recognized by the leaders of the community.
  • Church: This Evangelical Church is involved in all the activities with volunteers committed to the transformation of their community.

Challenges

  • Nutrition: As a result of the impact of this geographical zone, the community has difficulty getting enough food each day to adequately feed their families. Cases of malnourishment or stunting are not uncommon among children attending the local elementary school.
  • Employment: Families often experience difficulties in getting a formal job.  As a result, they struggle to feed and provide the basics for their family. In the area, there are some job opportunities, but often these jobs pay only day wages or are seasonal, which doesn’t provide stability. Most of the jobs offered are for the harvest seasons on melon plantations or with construction.
  • Education: The school dropout rate in El Oreganal is 97%. That means, of every 100 children who begin elementary school, only 10 will continue to middle School, and only three will finish high school. Often, the parents don’t see the value of education and would rather have their children working with them to get needed income for the family. At the same time, the community does not have any vocational schools.  
  • Health: Access to public health services is also deficient. Children get sick from common illnesses, such as stomach issues, flu, a lack of hygiene at home, and illnesses resulting from mosquito bites. The lack of access to clean water often causes diarrhea.
  • Housing: Currently, most of the houses in the area are made from wood, cinder block and corrugated metal sheets. There are some made of plastic and adobe. Most members of the population at El Oreganal have no drainage in their homes and most do not have septic tanks. This contributes to the many different illnesses.
  • Environment: One of the problems in the community has to do with air contamination and pollution.

How many Friendships are available?

150-200

How many other partnerships are there at this CarePoint?

None

What is HopeChest's model?

We believe the most transformational, holistic, sustainable, and long-term change occurs when one community partners with another. Learn more about our approach.

What does a partnership consist of?

Monthly Support
Programs
Projects
Fundraising
Partner Visits

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Monthly Support

Unlike traditional child sponsorship models, the Friendship Model reframes our perspective on child sponsorship by reducing the perpetuation of paternalism. It also helps frame the perspective that financial support has a broader impact on the community and is not focused on only the individual child. Learn more about the Friendship Model.

40 %
105 children
out of 150
$70,875 per year

If 70% of the children are supported, there would be minimal to average ongoing programming.

We would establish an annual plan; with people and resources needed; a community leadership team; Friendship Model relationships; discipleship; educational, nutritional, and medical support (varied, basic); monthly reporting; and some training for youth, parents, guardians.

70 %
150 children
out of 150
$101,250 per year

If 100% of the children are supported, there would be full programming with regular discipleship, nutrition, education and enhanced medical support

There would also be ongoing social/emotional support; available funds for “Succeed Initiatives” such as income-generating activities, and revenue-generating activities training; seed money; cultural celebrations; additional training; and ongoing impact reporting.

Nutrition: Ensure that children receive a nutritious meal – initially, two times per week – to fortify the diet of students and, thereby, improve their learning and school performance. In three years, we plan to increase this up to five times per week.

Health: Improve the quality of the health and nutrition of the children attending to the CarePoint. This will help them increase their attention span in class and improve their school learning.

Discipleship: Teach practical areas of life such as identity, health, community and economics, all of which are based on Biblical principles so that each child recognizes their own responsibility in seeking a life of dignity and purpose.

Education: Help the educational process with a tutoring program during after-school hours. At the same time, we want to involve the parents in the educational process. To accomplish this, we want to conduct three training sessions during the year where qualified people will be invited to share with parents about the value of education. We will integrate technology in the learning process and new school regulations are issued, giving the children access to internet, printing and photocopying materials and access to a tablet to download their homework.

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programs

Monthly gifts from your community members through the Friendship Model will support the regular activities of the CarePoint; however, these gifts do not cover all programming needs. We often request funds to support medical, education, and nutrition needs to supplement things like medical emergencies, higher education costs for some students, and even special nutritional support.

Nutrition: $125,000.00

 Education: $82,638.75

Vocational: $45,833.75

Discipleship: $43,402.50

 Health: $37,500.00

*estimated costs over 10 years

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Projects & Fundraising

For each CarePoint and community, a formal Community Profile and Risk Assessment will have been completed by our staff before we begin programming. Those factors, with the vision and dreams of the community, are combined to form a comprehensive plan for this community over time. Every project cost that has been listed will be evaluated with a formal proposal and evaluation when it comes time to fundraise and implement the project.

Women’s Empowering Cooperative: Empower the women at El Oreganal, giving them the tools and teaching them the skills necessary to generate an income to support their families, manage their time to be with their families and learn how to be good stewards of their own money in a Biblical manner. This program is design to teach a maximum of 20 women during a two year term, and they will decide if they want to be a part of the cooperative at the end. Total cost of the project: $10,625.00 for two years

Septic Tank and Bathrooms: Because the community doesn’t have basic drainage services, the CarePoint doesn’t have bathrooms for the children. In order to give them dignity, we believe that all the CarePoints need to have adequate facilities. Total cost of the project: $10,277.78

Kitchen: The kitchen will help the CarePoint to have an adequate place to cook and serve food for the children. It will have a place with necessary conditions and all the equipment needed to cook meals for 150 children.  It will be a safe place to cook, without contamination (right now they cook using wood). Total cost of the project: $15,500.00

Our intent here is to provide a brief overview of the ideas and vision for this community that are hoped to be realized while we continue to work, train, and implement effectively. The items and estimations in here are based on historical programming and project costs, in similar areas (if applicable), archived over time, in the country and are subject to change. Every project cost that has been listed will be evaluated with a formal proposal and evaluation when it comes time to fundraise and implement the project.

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Partner Visits

One of the most exciting aspects of a HopeChest partnership is the opportunity to visit your CarePoint community! HopeChest does not host traditional mission trips. Rather, “partner visits” focus on traveling to your CarePoint community with the goal of building meaningful and lasting relationships. HopeChest offers both virtual and in-person travel opportunities. Learn more about partner visits.

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