The community of La Carpio in Costa Rica is made up of about 35,000 people living in squatter settlements in an area no larger than a quarter of a square mile. Christ For the City International has been working in this community for twenty years, bringing the life and love of Jesus Christ through facilities such as a medical clinic, a refuge for girls, ministry to boys and a youth center.
The ministry of RENUEVOS in this community has three main projects, The Refuge, New Horizons and Camp.
The Refuge is the ministry for girls which offers an academic program for those who have dropped out of school, including daily devotionals and a feeding program. On the weekends there is a time for crafts, games, activities and spiritual teaching. Additionally there is a sports ministry, and a Christian psychologist available to the girls and their mothers.
New Horizons is the ministry for boys aged 8-18. Each Saturday an all-day sports and discipleship program is offered, including a feeding program, Bible Study, and sports training. In addition, there is a carpentry program for older boys to gain an employable skill, as well as English classes and a computer lab to assist the young men in establishing skills for future employment. The space of New Horizons is also available all week long for boys who want a safe, positive environment in which to hang out and play sports.
Every year, the participating boys and girls of The Refuge and New Horizons have the opportunity to attend Camp Roblealto, during the first week of January. For most of these children, who come from extremely impoverished homes and rough backgrounds, it is the first and only opportunity in their lives to get away, for the purpose of having fun, playing games, being a part of a supportive community and growing in their relationship with Jesus.
Donations to RENUEVOS will change the lives of the boys and girls of La Carpio.