MEDICAL CARE + NUTRITION
Through our partnership with the Total Health Organization, both Development Centers provide preventative and general medical care to each child in our program, dramatically improving their quality of life. This healthcare is provided by Dr. Inri Canales in Guayabo and Dr. Julio Valencia in Soyapango. In addition, dental care is provided to each child through our partnership with the Dentistry School of the Evangelica University at our new Dental Clinic in Guyabo. Our children receive regular nutritional check-ups and each day the children eat a wholesome lunch. Unfortunately, in many cases, this lunch is the only meal the children receive each day. For this reason, there are many malnourishment and health problems in the community, making the services our Centers provide invaluable.
A high percentage of the children’s parents cannot read and write. Therefore, they are unable help their children with their homework. For this reason, our CDC staff and volunteer tutors help the children with their homework and teach reinforcement classes based on the greatest academic needs of the children.
This year, we are launching our first ever English program at the Guayabo Center. Taught by Ali Howard, a missionary from the States and native English speaker, she will work with the children several times a week to develop their English language skills. We believe that a bilingual skillset will provide opportunities for the children that were otherwise unavailable to them before.
We believe that if the children of the Volcano are able to speak English, many doors to successful careers will be opened to them. The children now receive English classes 2-3 times per week. These classes, combined with the tutoring the children receive and healthcare provided by Total Health, have the potential to help end the cycle of poverty and completely change the lives of our children at the Volcano Development Center.
Our CDC Staff, volunteers, and mission teams from the U.S. teach Bible lessons so the children learn to live according to the Word of God. The Gospel is always the core of our teaching. We regularly encourage the children to receive Christ as their Savior.