When VisionTrust Director, Rut Chamalé, first began serving in Cruz Blanca, she knew it would be a challenging task. The children and families of the village were malnourished, uneducated and wary of anyone from outside their own, tight-knit community. Rut saw potential in the eyes of the little boys and girls who ran laughing through the streets. Through the ministry of VisionTrust, Rut and a few of her close friends were able to open a Learning Center to offer a better future for the children of Cruz Blanca through nutritious meals, educational support, health interventions and spiritual mentorship.
For the families of Cruz Blanca, enrolling their children in the Learning Center has always been a choice. Many have eagerly seized the opportunity, witnessing the blessings the Learning Center brings year after year to their lives. They have started to grasp the vision of how their lives will continually improve as their children are better nourished, more educated and increasingly cognizant of God’s love. However, some waiver in their commitment to the program, and from time to time, a family decides to withdraw their child. While each situation is unique, the reasons for departure often lie in socioeconomic struggles and broken relationships within the home and community. The VisionTrust Guatemala staff is dedicated to the long-term development of every child they serve, and despite their faithful efforts, sometimes a child leaves the program early. When this happens, it is incredibly difficult for Rut and her staff. It breaks their hearts to see a child go. Yet they press onward, keeping their focus on the vision of transforming lives so that the children of Cruz Blanca can grow up to live for God and love others.
The Cruz Blanca Learning Center started with 50 children in 2008. Today there are over 300 children. If you sponsor a child in Cruz Blanca, you are part of something bigger than one life. You are not just sponsoring a child, but you are also fostering the vision for a better tomorrow in Cruz Blanca. Rut wants you to know that she and her staff are deeply grateful for your support and are honored to partner with you in making this vision a reality. Thank you for being part of VisionTrust Guatemala!