Sponsor Manuel Barnabé

/Sponsor Manuel Barnabé

Sponsor Manuel Barnabé

Gender Male
Birth Date February 8, 2005
Age 13 years old
Grade 3rd Grade
School Scheel Center (Centro Scheel)
Country Guatemala

Biography

Barnabé (his preferred name) lives in San Lorenzo with his widowed mother and an uncle along with his two brothers.  They live in a 4 room house constructed with wood and cement block with a cement floor.  His uncle works when he can in agriculture or as a carpenter.  His mother makes jewelry and table covers to sell on the streets to tourists.

Barnabé is in the second and third grade at the Scheel Center, an accelerated school program where students with a late start can pass two grades in one year.  He likes to play soccer with his brothers and friends.  He also is learning to play the trumpet and wants to play it in church.  Christian music is his favorite.  His favorite color is blue and he likes dogs.  Someday, Barnabé would like to be a doctor so he can take care of his brothers if they are sick. His favorite classes are communication and language and his goal this year is to be the best student in his class.

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Child Sponsorship Program

The children in our sponsorship program are orphaned, abandoned, or come from extremely poor families who are eager to escape from the poverty that has trapped their family for generations. The GOD’S CHILD Project’s philosophy is that through education, housing, and healthcare, together we can “break the bitter chains of poverty.”

Currently, there are over 500 children being sponsored by almost 1,000 padrinos, or godparents. Children exchange letters, cards and photos regularly with their sponsors. Sponsors also have the opportunity to visit their sponsored child and meet them in person.

Sponsored children receive money for education costs, clothes, shoes, food and medical care every month. We pay school fees for these boys and girls, and buy their school uniforms, books and supplies. These children and their families need to take their studies seriously, and we ask that children maintain a B average. We also teach parents the value of education so the whole family takes the child’s studies seriously.

In addition, we provide children and their families with other essentials such as food, medical and dental care, crisis intervention counseling, clothing, and lots of loving structure on which they depend while they battle the dynamics of poverty.

Our direct cost to care for each child is $120 per month for a child who lives with his/her own family, and $160 per month for each child who lives with a program foster family.  With the latter, $50 a month goes right to the foster family.  We ask you to help sponsor a child with an amount within your budget. Unlike almost all other charities, we do not set a fixed amount to sponsor a child, and many sponsors donate less than this, requiring multiple sponsors for each child in the program. We know that some people can give more, and others less. We appreciate all sponsorships very much.