Funding required: $124,414
This initiative will help: 120 youths living in the community of Ciudad Sandino
Give youths in Nicaragua a lifelong skill so they can fulfill their dreams and overcome poverty.
When Bryan was eight years old, he found himself alone. His mother left him one day and never came back. He had already been abandoned by his father when he was younger. Thankfully, Bryan was enrolled in a Compassion centre. Centre staff welcomed Bryan with open arms. At the centre, Bryan learned a lifelong skill and passion: baking. The staff quickly noticed that Bryan was a very talented baker.
Since Bryan grew up with so little, he was determined to overcome poverty. He knew baking was the key. As soon as he graduated from Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program at age 18, Bryan opened his own bakery. Today, he bakes bread, pizza, sweets and savouries to earn a living. He is well-known in his community for his delicious treats and is on his way to great success.
But not everyone is as fortunate as Bryan. Many impoverished teens in the area turn to drugs, alcohol or crime. Young, talented students feel hopeless because they can’t afford vocational training. Compassion’s church partners wanted to offer young people an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. They used their own resources to supply the space and materials for baking classes at the centres, but the demand is higher than what the current facilities can hold. As a result, many students miss out on this great opportunity
You can help teens like Bryan attend valuable baking workshops! Your gift will build and equip a baking facility to serve youths from two Compassion centres in the area. Students interested in baking will attend baking workshops and learn practical skills they can use to make a living and overcome poverty. Many will go on to open their own businesses, turning their lives around. This is a powerful way to give a teen living in poverty hope for the future.