For years, Hearts In Motion has been involved in building and maintaining daycares in Zacapa, Guatemala. Those daycares were started to provide single mothers a safe place to leave their infants/toddlers when they went to work.
The children in our daycares are given the opportunity to receive a jump start on their education along with nutritious meals during the day.
As the program evolved, it became painfully evident to us that the parents could not afford enrolling their children in 1st grade post-daycare. This is due in part to the fact that many of the parents are unemployed the majority of the year since they are seasonal workers in agriculture. Therefore, it is very difficult for them to provide basic necessities to their families such as food and shelter. Thus, education takes less priority, and consequently, many of the children end up working in the fields by the age of eight.
For that reason, we knew we needed to do more in order to keep the children out of the fields and further their education prospects. In 2008, we expanded our School Sponsorship Program to include the children who have moved beyond daycare.
Your monthly $35 sponsorship will be an investment in the future of a child. That will allow them a chance to make a difference in this world by giving them the opportunities they may never have been able to receive. Your sponsorship will provide uniforms, shoes, backpacks, school supplies, access to medical and dental care, and nutritious meals. Throughout the school year, a representative of Hearts In Motion in Guatemala closely monitors the progress of the children by meeting with their teachers and parents.
Below you will find photos of children who are in need of school sponsors. We encourage you to look through our children to find that special child who speaks to your heart. Or if you prefer, we would be happy to select a child for you to sponsor.