The Guatemala Hubs provide a place for vulnerable young people to gain trust and socialize among their peers and supportive adults. As they transition into adulthood, young people have opportunities to grow in faith and develop social skills as they begin to realise their potential.
Through various services provided, Nicodemus helps young people develop aspirations and a sense of stability. Through volunteering in the broader community young people gain skills and confidence for life, as well as bringing hope to others.
We aim to support individuals who feel disconnected from their community, this could be due to:
> remoteness of location
> age or poor physical mental or emotional health
> fear of stigma and prejudice.
OUR FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS ARE THOSE WHO FEEL ISOLATED AND FORGOTTEN, AND ARE THEREFORE AT RISK IN SOCIETY; THOSE WHO LACK CONFIDENCE, WHO FEEL ALONE, AND WHO HAVE LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO THEM, AND THEREFORE WHO ARE MORE LIKELY TO TURN TO CRIME OR FIND THEMSELVES VICTIMS OF EXPLOITATION.
In our structured mentoring programme a supportive and caring mentor will be matched and will work personally with a young person. The mentor builds a trusting relationship with the young person offering guidance, support, and encouragement to cultivate the young person's positive and healthy development.
(Creating safe spaces)
Getting young people off the streets and engageing with activities that help to socialise and integrate them positively within society. Social Activities help guide young people away from negative peer pressures and issues that are prevalent in many communities.
As they grow, our partner projects often have a need to recruit new staff. The best people to take up these positions are often young adults from our programmes who have left street living or a child protection home. Qualified by life experiences they automatically become the best-prepared employees for these ministries.
STREET RESCUE SUPPORT
We partner with ministries that build trusting relationships with street children and youth through services such as administering first-aid care on the streets, providing warm meals for the homeless, working in collaboration with drug rehabilitation homes, administering funeral arrangments and support for families of street youth. Each of these services responds to critical needs and help providing a route for young people to leave street living and join a Youth Leadership Programme.
We support protection homes, those of which provide vulnerable children with a home, schooling, spiritual care and development of social skills. On progression to an on-site transition house, we provide children with services through a local Youth Leadership Programme to facilitate preparation for life on leaving a protection home and moving back to family or to independent living
As well as providing services for young people, parents need support in order to strengthen families. We provide workshops for parents living in extreme poverty. Sessions involve basic parenting, health and sex education, cooking workshops, and conflict and abuse response.
TRAUMA COMPETENT CARE
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 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 and employability prospects.
Getting young people off the streets and engaging with activities that help to socialise and integrate them positively within society. Social Activities help guide young people away from negative peer pressures and issues that are prevalent in many communities.
Young people who have been supported by ministries, lived in a child protection home or have left the streets, following a period of personal development into young adulthood often have the skills and desire to mentor and give back to someone else. We train them up to become community leaders and mentors for the next generation. Their life experiences immediately make them qualified.
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.
PARTNER CAPACITY BUILDING
We train and equip our church and project partners as they support and serve marginalised youth in their communities. Our training curriculum includes the following workshop themes: mentoring and relationships, gangs and grooming, paternal issues, Guatemalan history and assertiveness, conversation methods and active listening, leadership and teamwork, emotions and feelings, loneliness, depression and anxiety, Biblical counseling, accounts and reporting management, fundraising, and social media management.
An evidence-based tool for both supporting and measuring change - coming soon.