Meet Carlitos, a 9-year-old boy who attends our after school program. Before joining the programs of Project M:25, Carlitos spent much time alone, and kept his problems locked within himself. He used to spend each afternoon playing soccer at the field near our ministry center, while watching as other kids entered our campus.
Carlitos’ family life is not easy. His father, a factory worker, is rarely home and often contributes to a tense home life. His mother, a very shy but cheerful housewife, spends her day doing household chores. She never completed elementary school, so when it comes to assisting her children with homework, she is unable to help.
Due to their economic situation, Carlitos’ family cannot afford to buy a computer nor to have internet in their home. When Carlitos started coming to Project M:25, he had problems with school because he could not access information on the internet to help him with areas of difficulty or assignments.
Sophie, our Program Director, remembers when Carlitos first came. “He would only play soccer and was not interested in participating. Because of his problems establishing contact with other kids, he was extremely shy and quiet.” Today, Carlitos plays with friends before going to Chapel for devotion. He believes that Jesus loves him and is his best friend. In the classroom, he assists the teacher and he receives much-needed assistance with his own homework. His smile is vibrant and genuine once again.
Last year, Carlitos invited his mom to participate in Precious Jewels, our Women’s Ministry. She immediately felt at home, because she felt loved and supported by the other women. Now, she is learning a skill to start her own business and help her family.
Project M:25 believes in a holistic approach of partnering with children and their families, empowering them with the tools needed to rely on God for overcoming the traumatic effects of poverty. With the love of God, they discover hope and dreams for a better future as they develop their God-given potential.