Cuatro Caminos means ‘four ways’ – it is the meeting point of four roads. After LWI built the Feeding Program there, the government built a school across the road. The children can now go straight from one building to the other!
Cuatro Caminos is located on the side of a mountain at about seven thousand feet. It is a farming area where corn and black beans, the essential elements for tortillas and frijoles, are the major crops.
This is one of the most least developed and poverty stricken areas of Guatemala. The children in this area have few interests outside of the home. It is a two-hour walk to the nearest town, Zacualpa, and many of them never leave the mountain.
It was the leaders of the community who approached Adopt-A-Child to ask for a programme to be begun in their area. They had seen how other children’s and families’ lives had been changed and wanted the same for their children. Land was bought and a purpose-built building was completed.
The children receive good nutritional food, Bible teaching, and basic medical and dental care. Along with two other programmes in the vicinity, there is the potential of up to 8,000 children and their families being reached with practical care and the Gospel message.
Feeding the children started in Oct 2004, teaching started in Jan 2005 and visits started in Feb 2005. Gifts and letters began getting delivered in March 2005. The political situation has been very delicate up there and the mountain roads are a challenge everyday.