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NUTRITION CENTERS

A Nutrition Center (CNI) oversees the health and development of children at risk. Selecting the children is complicated; getting them healthy is hard work, however working with the mothers to improve the overall environment for the child is rewarding spiritually and physically.

All the children get medical and dental care, nutritious meals, school supplies as well as uniforms and shoes to attend school, Bible classes, after school support, and home visits. These CNIs are funded through sponsorship, $33 a month given through http://www.giftberry.org/gcla helps us do all this work. There is plenty of children listed that need an sponsor.

Here are the places were we are serving children and their families:

  • Choluteca; 77 children
  • Choluteca Casa Hogar Vida 124 (special AIDS program)
  • La Ceiba; 90 children
  • La Libertad; 25 children
  • Managua; 25 children
  • Danli; 25 children
  • San Salvador; 50 children (starting January 2011)

BUSINESS AS A MISSION

The development of small businesses is a great way to generate jobs, community wealth, and to train and educate employees in work disciplines and skills. In the last couple years churches and foundations have blessed us by providing the initial capital to start great businesses. More than 150 jobs have been created and all of these businesses have become self-sufficient.

  • Concrete Block Factory at Casa Hogar Vida
  • Tortilla Factory – Choluteca
  • Bakery – Choluteca
  • Tortilla Factory – Danli
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Vocational Metal Mechanic

EDUCATION

Poverty has many dead-end roads, and little chances to break away. Quality education is one of the luxury items that are not within reach of those living in poor areas. So we figured that if we train youth in areas of computer skills and English as a second language, they would have more opportunities for better-paid jobs.

We started Education Centers in these locations:

  • Computer and English – La Libertad (25)
  • San Pedro Sula Elementary School– Transforming Lives (20)
  • Computer, Math and English – Managua (30) **
  • Computer and English – Choluteca (200) **
  • Computer and English – La Ceiba (100) **

(** Starting within the first quarter of 2011, already built and equipped)

HEALTH

Health Care is either a luxury or just unavailable in some areas of Latin America. And if a doctor is available, medications are completely out of reach, especially when some pills can be worth more than a weeks salary for those people ($10).

Our programs include the personal care and attention to patients, medical exams if required, medications, follow up, reviews, and proper filing of paper work for future treatments. In some cases we treat permanent illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and in severe cases we do surgery in proper rented facilities.

Here are the locations and people we saw in 2010:

  • Salud Total – La Ceiba (9,540 patients)
  • Mission Trip Mobile Clinics (more than 4,000 patients)
  • Salud Total – Managua ** (starting in May 2011)

HOUSING SOLUTIONS

A home is not only a place to sleep or keep your valuables, it gives us identity, it shelters dreams, provides warmth, and it nurtures families. But thousands of families do not have a home per say. They live in cardboard homes, dirt floors, low plastic roofs. Since Hurricane Mitch we have built more than 6,000 homes in Central America. In 2010 we built homes for more families in need in:

  • La Ceiba (32 homes)
  • Choluteca (39 homes)
  • Costa Rica (18 homes, after earthquake)
  • La Libertad (8 homes)

CASA HOGAR VIDA

AIDS is a virus that doesn’t recognize any limitations, age, gender, religion, geographical borders, sinner from faithful partner, poor or rich. Honduras reports the highest percentage of infected people.

God worked his ways to train pastor Geovanny in Choluteca, he is a physician who treats and deals with people who just became aware of their infection. This has opened doors to the church in Choluteca to start a project to help entire families who are afflicted by the virus.

Our Casa Hogar Vida project serves parents and children who are infected, and also teaches the community to create awareness of how to avoid getting infected, and to rid of the stigma and discrimination against those who are contaminated. Here are the components of our program:

  • Orphanage (8 orphans)
  • Housing (39 built)
  • Self Support Groups (more than 250 people)
  • Education (3,000 students trained a year)
  • Sports and Recreation Facilities

MICRO LOANS

Over the years we have struggled seeing entrepreneurial people with skills and desire to work but with no funding available, and with no chance to get a bank loan because they have no collateral!!! As usual, some of you took charge by raising funds to create a non-profit in the US to grant funds to GCLA for micro loans to people with the potential to generate profit.

These small loans of $200 to $1,000 have helped many people get back on their feet. We give them training on how to do business plans, manage inventory, provide good customer service, and teach them business ethics and values. We visit them weekly to listen to help them solve their problems, to assist them get licenses and permits, all this with the goal of seeing them take off in their venture.

So far we have generated 263 loans totaling $123,550, and that is just the beginning.

SHORT TERM MISSIONARIES

650 of you came to work shoulder to shoulder with our local church members and leaders, while they served in their communities. You showed God’s love and care for people, brought joy and touched many lives. You left with the commitment to come back. Some of you keep in touch with those you befriended, and pledged to sponsor children. Missionaries like you give a face to our partnerships.

Downpour: a flood, rain over our lands, blessings to our people, crowds of new believers and new disciples, godly leaders, families with a hope, children who are not entirely orphans, a decent roof that will shelter not only family members but dreams, decency, and dignity; a loan to someone who does not qualify financially, simple medications that will give a better quality of life. Downpour is what we have witnessed, downpour is what has been promised, downpour of people in need, downpour of friends joining hands, downpour of resources…

See, the Lord has one who is powerful and strong. Like a hailstorm and a destructive wind, like a driving rain and a flooding downpour, he will throw it forcefully to the ground.

“Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” Isaiah 28:1-3

Get updates about the projects at http://gclafoundation.wordpress.com

Read about our missions at http://www.gclamissions.com

Updates about our churches an conferences at http://www.reachinglatinos.com

Speak Spanish? http://www.igcla.com

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