Child in Harbor Program
Family in Forever Families Program
Children in Lighthouse Learning Program
 
 

 

Our Stories
Child in Harbor Program

Kevin was the first child in the Lighthouse Station Harbor Program in Guatemala, and we are so proud of him for all that he has accomplished in the last two years.  Tragically, Kevin’s mother died when he was 10 years old, and his father passed away when Kevin was only 12 years old.  Orphaned and without a home or family, Kevin lived on the streets and shined shoes for a meager living. 

After hearing about Kevin through our partner church in Chichicastenango, Lighthouse Station welcomed him into the Lighthouse Station Harbor Home.  Kevin now has a family, a home and a promising future.  He is excelling in school, and he especially enjoys his music lessons.  Kevin embodies the spirit of Lighthouse Station Harbor, which provides a safe, spiritual, family-centered environment for children to live, learn, grow and thrive.

 

Family in Forever Families Program

This picture was taken on the first day that workers from Lighthouse Station met Lucia and her family. Living outside of Chichicastenango, Guatemala, Lucia’s home is very simple, and her life is a daily struggle to provide food, water and clothing for her children. Lucia’s family is typical of the indigenous Mayan families in Guatemala. They work very hard, usually through farming or selling handmade crafts, but there is simply not enough income to pay for adequate housing, medical care or school costs. 

Lucia’s family has received new hope from Lighthouse Station’s Forever Families Program, which aims to assist families that are struggling to provide basic necessities for their children.  While in the program, parents receive assistance with housing, food, clothing, and educational costs for their children.  Parents also attend parenting classes at the local church, and the entire family receives routine medical care.  Lucia’s story is the perfect example of the Guatemalan spirit and of new hope brought about by the Forever Families Program.

 

Children in Lighthouse Learning Program

Ana and Isabella are happy children with beautiful smiles and playful laughs. Through the Lighthouse Learning Program, children like Ana and Isabella attend school regularly and have hope for a bright future. These children receive more than just the opportunity to learn to read and write. They receive the chance to improve their lives in the future.

Thousands of Guatemalan children are not as fortunate. Guatemala has the highest illiteracy rate in Central America, forcing its people to repeat a heartbreaking cycle of unemployment and poverty. The tuition is free in many communities, but countless children are prevented from attending school because their parents cannot afford the price of books, uniforms or bus transportation. Lighthouse Station works with local communities and schools to assess the total educational costs for each child, which averages only $20 US per month. Sponsoring a scholarship through the Lighthouse Learning Programs means that you can make dreams come true for children like Ana and Isabella.

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