In an effort to reduce poverty and help create safe streets, we're improving access to quality education, technical training and higher-learning opportunities.
Love At Work International Christian School provides scholarships to students of diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds, preparing them to succeed in a rigorous education program while demonstrating mental, spiritual, social and emotional maturity. Read more about the School >>
Love At Work International Christian School is a safe place, but there are hundreds of children who will not be able to be in the school. So we built a place of hope for them. The new LifeCenter is located in the middle of the slum and helps these kids who go to public school . . . kids who otherwise would be wandering the neighborhood while waiting for classes. At the LifeCenter, they are able to learn and grow in their knowledge in English, in technologies which will give them tools to break the cycle of poverty.
Helping neighborhoods and communities address such challenges as providing safe, affordable housing and support services; increasing the safety of residents; improving physical spaces for community benefit; engaging residents in community-building and progress; and creating opportunities for young people to become productive citizens.
We build houses in the slums because we see it as an opportunity to work in a way that's concrete, focusing on a very serious problem - a global housing crisis. Building a better world for children begins in their homes . . . a home means sufficient space and a healthier environment where children can focus on their studies. Read more about Housing >>
Increasing access to nutritious food, water and health care for vulnerable populations; protect children from abuse and neglect; remove barriers to economic self-sufficiency; equip people with life skills that lead to increased independence.
Our LifeCenter, camps, retreats, youth meetings, community service projects – create opportunities for out-of-school and underserved children and their families in the “risky areas." We use our centrally located school facilities to provide alternative activities (recreational, cultural, educational) to the community. The school also is the base of operation for Iglesia Amor En Acción (Love At Work Church). Read more about Outreach, LifeCenter, Camps and Church >>
Love At Work has years of experience applying these solutions to improving children’s lives, going into these most dangerous areas, demolishing nuisance properties, building new homes, making infrastructure improvements; meeting basic needs for food, water, sanitation and medical care; providing neighborhood support through outreach programs, camps, and discipleship; improving access to quality education . . .
We are so thankful that God has given us an opportunity to do something about this vicious circle. From the beginning, Love At Work has focused on giving people - especially children - opportunities to alleviate their pain, their suffering, and to improve their lives.
It’s amazing when you give an opportunity to a child. It’s not money or a hand out that they need. It’s opportunity, a hand up. And when you hand them an opportunity, they do amazing things. For example, we now have graduates of our School who are attending universities, studying architecture, science, business. They are pioneers . . . the first from their neighborhoods to ever go to university.
Of the 85,000 Christian nonprofits registered with GuideStar, the world's largest data source on nonprofits, there are three things that, together, make Love At Work Ministries truly unique.
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2019 is our 15th year of serving the urban slums of Alajuelita, the darkest and most dangerous community in Costa Rica. Love At Work International Christian School is right in the center of Alajuelita, and we serve several neighborhoods that are slums. Slum communities are on the rise at an alarming rate, and their problems are being neglected. One out of six people in the world today lives in an urban slum, yet only one out of 6000 missionaries serve there. The UN says there are 50,000 new slum dwellers every day, and they project that, by 2050, half of the world's population will live in urban slums.
Living in the slums is dangerous, and the majority of the families (70%) are headed by single moms with six or seven children. They cannot go to work because they have to take care of their kids, and, sadly, this is a cycle that repeats itself. Every child born in the ghetto faces the same fate . . . an inescapable circle of poverty and violence.
Children are very important to us, and we have years with them, to impact and disciple them. Many of these kids we’ve discipled since they were 4 or 5-years old, and now they are in middle school or high school. We know where they live, we built their houses, we know their families, we know their battles. We know that if we change one of these kids, he or she is going to be a man of God, a woman of God. And that means their kids will be a different family, and if we follow this through all the generations to come, it’s impacting thousands of people through only one student. Read more about Where We Work >>