The Computer Typing Academy began as a dream of opening a non-profit academy to provide critical technological education for children and young people. In the rural, indigenous communities of Guatemala, there is very little opportunity to learn critical work skills. Competency in computer skills opens countless doors for the next generation of students in these impoverished communities, providing opportunities to train for jobs that can help break the poverty cycle once and for all.
In 2012, this dream came to life while serving alongside the team at MISIÓN EL FARO.
Together we began the Computer Typing Academy Project for the communities of CERRO SAN GIL. With ten new computers, donated by the company PERENCO, we hosted teams or church groups in our first classrooms, which were small dormitories at Mision El Faro. Because we did not have a dedicated space, the classrooms and computers had to be set up each Sunday afternoon and disassembled the following Friday each week.
In 2014, again with the help of PERENCO, the EDUCATIONAL CENTER was built. This was a great blessing to our ministry and provided a permanent space for the Computer Typing Academy, a library, and a tutorial center for the children and young people of the surrounding areas.
This project has allowed us to serve more than 2,700 children and young people between the ages of nine and eighteen from eleven different communities and has helped us carry out our goal of educating students for viable careers, sharing the Word of God, and helping students build personal relationships with God as they strengthen their faith.