Santa Catarina Pinula is a community whose socio-economic situation is reflected in the basic structure of society: the family. Due to economic instability parents have the need to work full time. Children and young people are left in the care of an older sibling, third parties and in the worst case without supervision. This has led to children and youth being lured by gangs, drugs, pornography and other potentially dangerous situations.
For these reasons the Outreach Center “For My Neighborhood” open it doors in June 2007. This place promotes activities that allow children and young people at risk use their free time in healthy and productive activities. They provide an alternative to develop their skills. Similarly the Outreach Center allows the community (church, local authorities and business community members) to join efforts to improve the quality of life of its members.
“For My Neighborhood” it comes from support of a Rotary group that facilitated the equipment for the center, and the USAI Youth Challenge program, who developed the project model. At the present it operates with the cover of the Social Development Department of the Municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula as Sustainable Partner. They pay the rent, the coordinator, a teacher of primary education and garbage removal. Also there are community volunteers and related institutions involved, who give their time and resources to implement activities in different areas such as: tutoring, creative use of leisure time, educational approval, labor induction and community outreach.
Involve Guatemalans, especially the community of Santa Catarina Pinula, to improve the quality of life of beneficiaries and facilitators and thus ensure a better future for them.
Create opportunities of development for children and youth at risk, trusting on the integrity and values, to have a positive effect on their lives and their community.
Be an educational and recreational space in which the beneficiaries and facilitators develop their skills and invest their time in activities which improve their quality of life and education during their elementary and middle school.
Love God: Constant need and search for God. Everything should be delivered and done with love and affection towards Him. “I recognize that God is my creator, my savior and guide”, “I show my love for God through my way of being, acting and living”.
Esteem: Affection and appreciation to all those involved in the Outreach Center regardless of their circumstances “I esteem myself. Yes, I care for me respect me.”
Responsibility: Commitment to answer for something or someone. Be careful and put attention on what is done and decided. “I am responsible because I take on my actions”, “I am responsible because I do what has been entrusted to me.”
Strength: Overcome fear and flee recklessness ways with strength and self-control. “My strength is be willing to resist, fight, tolerate and if necessary change all that does not allow me to achieve my goals.”
Friendship: Selfless affection for the people around me. It strengthens and grows over time. “I am a friend when I respect, give companionship, help, sympathy and time.”
Diligence: Work and effort in fulfilling the duties and responsibilities. “I am diligent because I work skillfully, with knowledge and willingly.”
Common life: Relate peacefully and harmoniously with all people in the Outreach Center. “I promote Common Life by respecting and cooperating with my colleagues,” “I promote Common Life when I am near the children and youth and I am more than a person who is in charge.”
Service: Willingness and ability to help anyone in the Outreach Center, in a carefully way and with a positive attitude to facilitate the duties in the institution. “I serve when I am willing to help others.”
Honesty: To act properly, fulfilling its responsibilities and being transparent in any situation. “I am honest with my actions and I assume my responsibilities.”
Perseverance: Behavior, homework and academic skills constancy to achieve the goals and self-improvement. “I never give up. Finish everything I start. “
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