Los Amates CarePoint
Los Amates is located the department of Izabal, 73 meters above sea level. It has large extensions of flat land as part of the Motagua River Valley and also has mountainous terrain toward the Sierra de Las Minas, which extend toward the border with the Republic of Honduras. The number of inhabitants in the Los Amates community is approximately 4,800, including two communities that are adjacent to the urban area: Barrio el Tipón and Colonia Santa Isabel. The CarePoint works with four small slums close to the main city.
Currently, there are between 150-200 children in the community available for Friendship through Children’s HopeChest. A partnership with the Los Amates CarePoint will give the children an opportunity to continue to grow physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
About the Community
- People: Human resources are a large asset. There are many women in the community who are willing to work.
- Church: The Evangelical Church is involved in all the activities with volunteers committed to the transformation of their community.
- Relationships: The pastor and the church have a lot of local connections.
- Pastor: The pastor of the church is respected in the community and is respected and recognized by the leaders of the community (COCODE) and the Municipality Major.
- Nutrition: Cases of malnourishment or stunting are not uncommon among children attending the local elementary school. The main reason for this, is the work situation of the parents at the community. Usually children eat one to two times a day, but not very nutritious meals. According to a census in 2015, the chronic malnutrition and amenia rate in Los Amates is 22%, the fourth highest cause of death in the department of Izabal.
- 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 per season, which doesn’t provide stability to a family’s economy and compels people to search for alternative ways to survive and generate additional income.
- Education: The school dropout rate in Los Amates is 78%. That means, of every 100 children who begin elementary school, only 22 will get to 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. Most children in Los Amates begin working at seven years old, in small shops, plantations, in farms or the market to help with the family income.
- Health: Access to public health services is also deficient. Children get sick from common illnesses, such as stomach issues, flu, and illnesses resulting from mosquito bites, a lack of hygiene at the home, as well as, a lack of access to clean water. Respiratory infections and intestinal parasites are the two most common causes of death in children under 10.
- Housing: Currently, most of the houses in the area are made from wood, cinder block, and corrugated metal sheet. There are some made of plastic and adobe. Most members of the population at Los Amates have no drainage in their homes and most do not even 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?
How many other partnerships are there at this CarePoint?
What does a partnership consist of?
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.
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.
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: We want to integrate the parents in the educational progress. The intention is to complete the educational triangle: school and students and parents. The CarePoint will conduct three training sessions during the year where qualified people will be invited to share with parents about the value of education. They will also integrate technology in the learning process, giving the children access to internet, printing and photocopying materials and access to a tablet to download their homework.
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.
*estimated costs over 10 years
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 Los Amates, 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
Chicken Coops: The objective is to train families to raise chickens and then start a business to improve family income. We not only want to launch family-level businesses, but also create a co-op amongst all the participating families in order to maximize their business opportunities. This will be done with 20 families, once a year for five years. Total cost of project: $17,562.50 per year for five years
Agricultural Projects: At the church, we have land available to do agricultural programs. Local agriculture authorities will help with the training for the program and provide all the seeds necessary to begin planting. At the same time, we can begin raising small animals for sale and establish businesses to help with the economies of the families.
Small Shop: What we want to achieve with establishing a small local shop, is to provide jobs to people at the community, but at the same time help with the CarePoint operation costs. Total cost of the project: $67,708.75
Community Savings Groups: Create a community that will learn to save according to Biblical principles. This will help the families to manage their finances wisely, and will help them achieve their goals without falling into debt. At the same time, they will be discipled in areas such as: Bible-reading, taking responsibility, keeping commitments and generating personal savings.
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.
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.