Hello, dear friends and partners!
We hope that this year has been and continues to be full of blessings and joy. Here’s a look into what is happening at our Children’s Development Centers (CDC) at the Volcano and in Soyapango in San Salvador, El Salvador:
This year, our CDCs were visited by nine short-term mission teams from all over the United States! The missionaries participated in various activities to support the children, their families, and the communities we serve. Some highlights include:
Over 340 dental consults totaling $230,000 worth of procedures.
55 physical therapy consults.
Several construction projects including installing drywall in our Dental Clinic, painting railings and stairs, expanding the waiting area at our Soyapango Medical Clinic, playground maintenance, painting two beautiful new murals and installing an irrigation system for the Volcano garden.
Over 100 medical consultations with medicine included a local evangelism concert to invite people to church.
A Sunday church service and two women's meetings with special guest speakers.
Over 150 veterinarian consults.
Hundreds of vision tests conducted and prescription glasses provided as needed.
Numerous home visits, Bible-based children's classes and clinic evangelism to share the gospel and pray with children and their families.
Mission teams are an important part of the work God is doing through this ministry. If you have any interest on joining a missions team for 2019, you can reach out to your local church or our Missions Coordinator, Ali Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ESMERALDA PROJECT
Another exciting way the missionaries served this year was through the new Esmeralda Project. Esmeralda was a girl from our CDC in the Volcano that passed away from cancer in March 2015. When she was sick, she told us that her dream was to sleep in her very own bed. God provided that bed through a mission team, but we realized that many children at our CDCs also have a need for a new bed. With that, the dream to provide a new bed for each of our CDC children was born.
The goal of the Esmeralda Project is to build a new bed for every child in our program. As a child sponsor, you can give an additional gift of $160 which will provide your sponsor child with a new bed frame, mattress, pillow and bedding. So far, we have provided 38 beds to children in need!
For more information on this project and how to give, visit: igcsansalvador.com/esmeralda-project
One of our favorite celebrations of the year is September 15th, which is El Salvador’s Independence Day! We celebrate all month long and each CDC put on a program to honor and pray for El Salvador. This included singing the national anthem, traditional dances, poems and of course, pupusas! Please join us in praying for El Salvador, its leaders and people as we trust God’s will to be done in this country and in the lives of those we serve.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of making a difference in the life of a child and their family, contributing to many stories like Brandon’s and Margarita’s.
Brandon, Soyapango CDC Brandon’s was brought to the CDC last year mainly because of financial need. As a single mother of two young children, Brandon’s mother isn’t able to provide for her children’s basic needs. This caused health problems for Brandon as he wasn’t receiving the nutrition his body needed. Since arriving, Brandon has gained weight and is now the normal height and weight range for his age.
Margarita, Volcano CDC Margarita has been in our CDC for 7 years and when she arrived, she was behind on her speech development and would communicate with gestures despite being six years old. The CDC provided speech therapy for her and she has improved amazingly over the years. She now speaks well and even presents with confidence in school. Sadly, her father passed away earlier this year, but her and her three siblings continue to attend the CDC regularly.
Sponsorship is vital to our day-to-day program as it provides the funds for our ongoing costs of operation. We have several children in need of a sponsor. If you or someone you know is interested in filling this need, please visit igcsansalvador.com/sponsor-a-child. There, you can find the profiles of unsponsored children and learn more about how to give. Remember, your monthly gift of $45 provides one child with:
NUTRITIONAL + MEDICAL CARE
A daily meal and multivitamin, regular medical and dental checkups with medicine.
Ongoing tutoring from our full-time teachers and access to school supplies and materials.
A safe place to play and a program that is dedicated to prayer and built on Biblical principles.
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