We deliberately build our community centers in areas hardest hit by poverty, where children and families don’t have access to basic services. Our 67 centers provide programs and resources that help children grow up healthy, educated, empowered, and (eventually) employed.
Centers tailor their services to their community and respond to fast-emerging challenges. Our local experts and staff have identified current critical needs at each center, including:
SECURITY IN MEXICO
Drug-trafficking in Guadalajara has increased crime in community center neighborhoods. Centers are spending more on installing and maintaining necessary security measures.
FIGHT DENGUE IN HONDURAS
Facing the country’s most dangerous dengue outbreak ever, community centers are helping those affected and protecting neighborhoods from further infection.
EDUCATION IN THE PHILIPPINES
Senior high school is now organized by career track. New programs in Bicol and Manila help students discover their strengths and make career plans.
SCHOLARSHIPS IN ZAMBIA
20% of older students drop out because they can’t afford school. Zambia centers are awarding more HOPE scholarships to help students graduate.
Community centers are at the very core of our mission. When you invest in community centers, you are helping break the cycle of poverty on individual, family and neighborhood levels. Within our community centers, professional staff and caring volunteers deliver (and measure!) programs that target health, education, empowerment and employment.
— Sergio Ontiveros,