Guatemala Disaster Relief – Tava Project
It will take $48,350 to aid young people and families displaced by the recent volcanic eruption in Guatemala.
On June 3, 2018 the Fuego volcano erupted affecting six communities and surrounding villages in Guatemala. As a result, nearly 170 people died, and over 3,000 people lost their homes and were placed in refuge centers. Since then, the government has built temporary housing for some displaced families. The complex houses 320 families for up to two years when permanent housing is expected to become available.
Most of the non-profit organizations providing relief efforts in Guatemala are focused mainly on helping children. Because of that, local government officials determined the greatest need among displaced families is a program for older youth that will keep them busy and inspire greater purpose in lives.
As part of a self-sustainability program, AMG Guatemala will facilitate the learning of job skills that will empower the youth as they look for ways to assist their families economically. Also, community leaders have shared their desire to have a central church meeting place to continue their relief services. Thus, AMG will erect and equip a multi-purpose tented structure and a youth center that will inspire hope and assist individuals and families in need. AMG Guatemala has a three-year action plan that will be led by missionaries Gary and Rachel DeLeon.
Our community transformation plan focuses on spiritual development, social and recreational needs, and career empowerment. AMG will put into place a feeding ministry where young people ages 15 to 25 will receive a nutritious meal three times a week. This will help families get back on their feet as they look to become more self-sufficient.
The multi-use tent will be used as a church and serve as a community center where families can gather for worship and social events. The tent will be a central meeting place for evangelical churches that lost their facilities due to the volcanic eruption. AMG also plans to install a soccer field and establish a soccer academy, for displaced children in the community, to restore a sense of normalcy in their lives.
With the help of financial supporters, AMG plans to erect a vocational school, adjacent to the multi-purpose tent, which will help young people learn much-needed job skills through a comprehensive online program offered two days a week. The newly gained skills will prepare students for careers that will help their community and families break out of their impoverished circumstances.
Tutoring classes will also be made available to assist young people with their studies. Likewise, English classes will be made available and students will also have the opportunity to be mentored in their faith. This vocational school/youth center will be constructed by converting steal shipping containers, and will house work stations, desks, and computers.
AMG International needs to raise $48,350 to erect and operate a community center and vocational school for three years.
In order to accomplish this significant undertaking, we will need to raise $48,350 from faithful donors with a passion for helping people in need. Would you prayerfully consider partnering with AMG International in this important endeavor? Together, we can help lift young people and families back to their feet while assisting with community relief efforts. Please join us! Together, we can restore the lives of people in need and transform their community in Jesus’ name.
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