SAN MIGIEL PETAPA
Nicodemus works in Guatemala with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing unconditional social, relational and economic support to help them make the right life choices and realise opportunities not otherwise available.
"It is a miracle that I have achieved what I have"
YOUTH LEADERSHIP HUB
Poverty and hardship is rife in Guatemala where many young people come from broken homes, have dropped out of school, are living on the streets, scavenge for food and sell their bodies to survive – whilst facing violence every day. For these young people, their start in life has been hopeless.
Through our YLP, we help young people build aspirations, a sense of stability in their lives and the opportunity to develop within the wider community, gaining skills for life.
Young Adults with Purpose
Having experienced life-enriching restoration in their own lives, the young adults we work with become impassioned and equipped to participate in and lead initiatives that serve others. Nicodemus provides the practical and financial support for this to happen through bi-monthly community outreach activities such as hospital visits, activities for street youth and child shoe shiners, visits to children’s and rehabilitation homes, and more.
1 to 1 Mentoring
In our structured mentoring programme, a supportive and caring mentor will be matched and work personally with a young person. The mentor builds a trusting relationship with the young person, offering guidance, support, and encouragement to cultivate the youth’s positive and healthy development.
Many of the young adults we support with education are often up to five years behind where their age dictates they should be, with some having not yet finished primary schooling. The gift of an education to a young person in Guatemala under such circumstances is craved and valued. An education for one of our young people lifts self-confidence, knowledge and employability prospects.
Resettlement & Crisis Support
Our Crisis Support service provides assistance when needed the most – picking up the pieces and allowing young people to create positive strategies to break the cycle of negative reactions. Providing immediate response within a safe environment through a trusted adult helps to bring clarity and calmness in a stressful situation. Examples of situations in which we offer support include self-harm, extortion, domestic and gang violence, bereavement and rejection.