Hope for Families
When children come to Hope for Tomorrow many of them come from extremely difficult financial situations. Once with us, we provide them with all the resources and opportunities they need to flourish and the transformations we see are incredible. However, when a child is placed back with their families or with relatives, many times they return to the these same impoverished living conditions from which they left. Unfortunately, this means that the progress that was made while at Hope for Tomorrow will be lost.
That's where Hope for Families comes in. By supporting families with ongoing access to food, education, and/or health care, we can ensure that these children continue to thrive in their new environment.
Providing Tangible Support
Guatemala has the highest rate of malnutrition in Latin American and many of the children that come to Hope for Tomorrow come to us malnourished. While at Hope for Tomorrow we work with a nutritionist to ensure that each child receives well-balanced meals. Even after just a short time with us, we see dramatic improvements in their physical appearance and cognitive abilities.
Unfortunately, returning to impoverished conditions means there is a high risk a child slides back into malnourishment. Through Hope for Families, we provide families with nutritious food to help keep children healthy. And through regular checkups, we can track a child's growth and make sure they are hitting their milestones.
Education at Hope for Tomorrow has always been a top priority for our ministry. The public education system in Guatemala is unfortunately extremely deficient. Many public schools don't have access to basic resources like textbooks. And if you are fortunate enough to graduate from a public school, many businesses won't even hire students from public schools because they know the received a sub-par education.
While at Hope for Tomorrow, children are enrolled at high quality private schools, and tutors in the afternoon help to get children caught up. Yet after being placed back with families, many children return to the public school system. This radically decreases their prospects of graduating from high school, severely reducing their future opportunities.
Hope for Families partners with private schools in their area and then supports a child with enrollment, tuition, books, and supplies. Our goal is for each child to graduate with a quality education so they are in the best possible position to pursue their dreams.
Some of the children that come to Hope for Tomorrow have health needs that are hard to be met by their families. While at Hope for Tomorrow we do complete medical checkups and provide medical care and medication as needed. Sometimes this can be simple anti-biotics to help fight off an infection. However, sometimes this can mean ongoing medication like seizure medicine.
Hope for Families works with children, families, doctors, and other medical organizations to make sure that a child's basic medical needs are covered. We also provide periodic checkups to follow their progress and ensure they are healthy.
Support a child and their family
What You Give
By sponsoring a child in Hope for Families, you'll help by providing:
We provide children and their families with nutritious foods to ensure they are well nourished.
We believe a quality education is important for their future to break the cycle of poverty.
We provide regular checkups and, if needed, ongoing medicine for chronic conditions.
Best of all, in addition to supporting your sponsored child, your monthly support also assists other children who are part of Hope for Tomorrow's programs.
What You Get
Beyond the joy of knowing your sponsorship is impacting the lives of at-risk children, as a sponsor you'll also receive:
Regular updates and communication from your sponsored child.
A tax-deductible receipt of your giving.
Our yearly calendar featuring pictures of all the children.
We know that becoming a sponsor will be as life-changing for you as it will be for your sponsored child.
What type of communication will I receive from my sponsored child?
Will I be able to write to the child I sponsor?
What is a child's "Sponsorship Goal"?
Hope for Families provides children and families with nutritious food, private education, and/or regular health care. This means the cost for a child to be in our Hope for Families program can exceed what one individual can commit to on an ongoing basis.
Because of this, we allow multiple people to sponsor a child until that child is 100% sponsored. This brings a unique sense of community and collaboration to our sponsorship program as people around the world join together to support a child.
Of course, you are welcome to fully sponsor a child and become that child's sole sponsor.
How much does it cost?
You can sponsor a child for any amount, but fully sponsoring a child in Hope for Families cost $120/child each month. This provides a child with:
- regular nutritious meals,
- enrollment, tuition, books, uniform, and school supplies at private school nearby the family,
- and regular checkups at our ministry center to track growth and treat minor medical issues.
Do families receive the money directly?
No. To ensure that funds are used appropriately, Hope for Tomorrow directly pays for food, education and health care. We then provide those goods and services to the family. This way we can be sure that your donations are used responsibly and correctly.