Located in Colonia of Madrid and San Felipe, Escuintla, Guatemala the Haven of Hope is providing daily nutritious meals which is essential for survival and development to the most vulnerable of children in the community, children who most days live on less than a piece of bread a day, and spend their time in the streets begging and searching for food for their families. In attending the Haven of Hope The Hope Movement does not just provide physical nourishment, but through education and counseling we provide spiritual and emotional nourishment to guide youth and adults, heal their inner wounds, and inspire them to pursue their life’s purpose, understanding that poverty is not their destiny, it is only an obstacle to overcome to make their dreams into a reality. The Haven of Hope provides daily meals, preschool, education, counseling, tutoring classes, life-skills training, English classes, clothing distribution, wheelchairs, school outreach, case management, adult and family counseling and spiritual education and guidance.
Instead of building new centers we partner and train churches, using their facilities and congregation to serve their community, allowing us to be good financial stewards while empowering the local church. In December 2013 The Hope Movement developed a partnership with Pastor David Martinez and his wife Ingris, a passionate couple with a heart to serve the poor in a community where their church is located in Guatemala City called Zona 12. Each week children come to the church-based feeding/ education center to receive physical and spiritual nourishment. The children come from broken homes, and find a place of refuge where they can feel loved, receive education, counseling and prayer. The homes of the families are visited to provide additional assistance. 98% of the children are not from the church which opens the doors to share the love of Jesus to them and their families. Through this program the church is growing as they come for food, but leave with Jesus.