Source of Hope

Zapote | Guatemala

Source of Hope School, in the small town of Zapote, serves a desperately poor population living at the base of the often erupting Fuego Volcano. In addition to the dangers posed by their location, child abuse, neglect, and forced labor are common among children here. read more

Kids Alive now offers quality education, nutritious meals, and health services to more than 200 children. Many of our students are the first in their families to graduate from high school; of our 2017 graduating class, 95% have continued on to higher education programs, which is uncommon in Guatemala.

We have also seen rapid growth in our discipleship groups in 2018. We have doubled the number of students we had last year, and we are able to staff discipleship groups for both boys and girls in grades 7-9. A major highlight for us was having a former Source of Hope graduate return to the school as our P.E. teacher, serving as a shining example to other students that they can achieve their dreams with commitment and hard work.

We hope to maintain a standard of 90% or more of our graduating students continuing on to some form of post-high school education or training. And goals for the coming year include raising up student leaders to lead discipleship groups and devotional times, as well as implementing training opportunities for our teachers and staff in the areas of spiritual and professional development and computer skills. God is at work here, and we are privileged to play a role in bringing hope to those who need it most.

Source of Hope Merry Christmas Drawings
Source of Hope Kids Happily Brushing
Source of Hope Kids gathering by teacher
Ivana Source of Hope

Hope Changes Everything at Source of Hope

The village of Zapote is situated at the base of the volcano Fuego and is home to rampant poverty and violence. Ivana* grew up here and tells us that her earliest childhood memories are of her father getting drunk and beating the whole family. Sadly, it is common for men in this area to be alcoholics and treat their families badly. Her father eventually abandoned them, leaving her mother to raise the children with no assistance. Under those conditions, they struggled financially and emotionally, and Ivana fell into the trap of seeking acceptance from young men as she sought to fill the void left by her earthly father.

But God wouldn’t let brokenness have the last word in her life! She recently started attending discipleship groups at Source of Hope, and soon accepted Jesus as her Savior. When she told her mother of her newfound faith, her mother was overjoyed. Now that Ivana is learning more about her identity in Christ, she no longer feels the need for attention from young men and is looking consistently to Jesus to fill that void for her. We are so thankful to see the change in her, and we know that it is only possible because of the hope offered by our great God.

*name changed to protect privacy

How Kids Alive Cares for the Children

Rescuing Children

  • Caring for orphans and children in family-style settings
  • Providing Christian caregivers
  • Addressing physical, spiritual, and emotional needs

Giving the Gift of Education

  • Meeting individualized academic needs
  • Providing educational guidance
  • Encouraging secondary education and vocational training

Strengthening Communities

  • Meeting community needs to build strong ties
  • Addressing health care and disease prevention
  • Creating micro-enterprise solutions for economic development

Partner with Source of Hope

Site partnership allows for services that reach beyond the basics of what child sponsorship provides, supplying resources for trauma training and therapy, nutritionists, social workers, educational counselors, discipleship, and more.

Life at Source of Hope

We have also seen rapid growth in our discipleship groups in 2018. We have doubled the number of students we had last year, and we are able to staff discipleship groups for both boys and girls in grades 7-9. A major highlight for us was having a former Source of Hope graduate return to the school as our P.E. teacher, serving as a shining example to other students that they can achieve their dreams with commitment and hard work.