The HOPE+ Sisterhood Guatemala program will be unlike any other we have undertaken so far. The Sisterhood was developed as a tribute to our children and their mothers, asking ourselves what we could do to prevent children from becoming orphans in the first place. In the spirit of ‘FIRST FAMILIES FIRST,’ the HOPE+ Sisterhood was born. God has cast a beautiful vision that only He can fulfill and we are anticipating great things to come.
The commitment of becoming a sister to a woman is a wonderful opportunity to walk along side her and help her preserve her God-given family. YOU can be a part of helping to prevent these children from being orphans. YOU are giving a woman her dignity and a hope for a future.
The Sisterhood program costs $45 a month for a minimum one year commitment. We also ask you to agree to help market items that your sister may create, and actively fundraise for your sister’s permanent home. Each sister in Guatemala will be paired with a minimum of 5-6 sisters in the U.S. who will agree to raise at least $2,000 toward their permanent home during your year of assistance.
The majority of our HOPE+ Sisterhood moms in Guatemala are infected or affected by the HIV virus. Because of gross poverty, many women are trafficked for prostitution at a young age leaving them vulnerable to serious abuse and disease. They are victim to vicious cycles they cannot get out of. Children born into these situations are doomed to repeat these cycles without intervention. Malnutrition, sexual abuse, and disease are ALL PREVENTABLE. We aim through this program to do just that. We WILL see redemption and restoration through enabling these mothers to care for themselves and their children in the following ways:
Our moms are immediately given a home on Village of Hope property (new plans for this are underway!) Safety for the women and their children is our first priority. Most of their situations are dangerous and complex.
The women come to us with nothing. Mom and children are provided with all personal affects, from clothing to personal care products and groceries for their family. All of their personal needs are met through the HOPE+ Sisterhood partnerships.
COUNSELING AND PSYCHOSOCIAL CARE
One of the greatest blessings we have is to speak TRUTH over our moms and their children. What a joy it is to see their eyes light up when we tell them we love them and that they are pure and precious and blameless. That is what family does. The women also have access and regular visits with our staff psychologist. The mothers naturally form loving bonds amongst themselves.
We will provide general child care training and have plans to implement strategies adopted from EMPOWERED TO CONNECT.
Vllage of Hope is blessed to have a doctor on staff and consistent consulting with The University of Chicago via Skype and medical missions. Our moms and their children have all of their medical needs met which includes testing and treatment for HIV.
Our goal is to create confident independence through teaching sustainable skills including but not limited to: Cosmetology, sewing, jewelry and craft making. Creating marketable items and skills so that our sisters can make a living for themselves and their children is our top priority. Savings accounts and micro-loans will be established and financial management taught and monitored.
We have learned that a roof over their heads is what abusers use to control and manipulate victims. We will empower our moms through elimination of this control tactic. We purpose to build “Tiny Homes” keeping within Guatemalan culture as much as possible. Upon graduating from the program successfully, each mother will have earned her home. It can either be located on Village of Hope property or moved to the location of their choice. Our mothers will ALWAYS be monitored and after-care is a part of our vision. The women will have the love and support of FAMILY with us. The budget for each home is approximately $10,000.
**Some of our HOPE+ Sisters will live outside of our walls in the community. We have the same goals for them: To enable ALL of these women to keep their children and to teach them who they are in Christ. We will empower them to reach their full potential and independence.
The Sisterhood is currently funded by general Village of Hope donations, but our goal is that it will be completely funded through HOPE+ Sisterhood partnerships. Are you ready yet?
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