Skip to main content

What We Do

Programs & Projects

In order to achieve our mission, we have a variety of programs and projects that would build the capacity of the community where we are working.

1. Rural Leaders Training Program

In December of 2018 we are providing two workshops to two different communities in Guatemala to train rural leaders about how to serve and lead their community. At these workshops we will teach the following themes:

1. Identifying leadership skills

2. Civic entrepreneurs as leaders

3. Collaborative leadership

4. Finding new and emerging leaders

We need to raise $1,500.00 to cover all of the expenses, which includes tickets, lodging, transportation, meals, and materials.

If you are interested in this project, please, click here to make a donation. Otherwise, contact us for more information.

2. Nurses, Public Health Volunteers, and Mid-Wives Training Program

If you are a dentist, a physician, a nurse or nurse practitioner, or work in a Public Health field and would like to train volunteer health workers, please contact us. We have opportunities for you to go and have a two day workshop combined with work in the village. There are opportunities in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras.

You will need to raise $1,500 to cover all of your expenses, which includes airline tickets, lodging, transportation, meals, and materials. The funds for airline tickets don’t need to be sent to us because they are purchased on your own.  However, if your want Developing Our World to buy your airline ticket (s), there will be an extra fee of $100.00 for this service. The in-country logistics is approximately $750-$850 per person.

If you are interested in this project, please, click here to make a donation. Otherwise, contact us for more information.

3. Teachers Training Program

If you are an educator or a school principal and would like to train teachers, please contact us. We have opportunities for you to go and have a two day workshop combined with work in the community. We will work with you to determine the topic. There are opportunities in Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala.

You will need to raise $1,500 to cover all of your expenses, which includes airline tickets, lodging, transportation, meals, and materials. The funds for airline tickets don’t need to be sent to us because they are purchased on your own.  However, if your want Developing Our World to buy your airline ticket (s), there will be an extra fee of $100.00 for this service. The in-country logistics is approximately $750-$850 per person.

If you are interested in this project, please, click here to make a donation. Otherwise, contact us for more information.

4. Sponsor a Leader Program

Developing Our World is seeking to place four Central American leaders in two different countries. Two of them will be placed in Guatemala and two in Panama. The ones in Guatemala will be in charge of the Spiritual work and following up between trips to keep the strategic work moving forward, communication with the stakeholders and overseeing projects. The two in Panama are a couple and they will be our representatives and Spiritual leaders respectively in order to expand the work.

1. Spiritual Leaders in Guatemala - $12,000.00 per year.

2. Representatives in Panama - $15,600.00 per year.

Note: this is to take Developing Our World work to the next level and expand our work. If you are interested to learn more, let us know.

5. Sponsor a Teacher Project

There are three schools - in Brasil, Honduras, and Guatemala seeking individuals, or churches, or organizations that want to sponsor a teacher for three years. This project is one time deal and start up for these organizations. 

Brazil - $6,600.00 a year, $19,800.00 for three years. 

Honduras - $4,860.00 a year, $14,580.00 for three years. 

Guatemala - $5,112.00 a year, $15,336.00 for three years.

If you interested in supporting a school, contact us for more information.

6. Scholarship Program

If you are interested in making a difference in a kid's life, we are seeking 20 people to provide monetary scholarships for 20 kids, with a three year commitment in Angola and Guatemala. These kids are at the equivalent of our High School level, living in extreme poor conditions. The cost estimated per student is $660.00 per year.

More information, contact us or donate here.

7. Small Loans Program

To build the capacity of a person or providing them a job is essential for Holistic Community Development. Each small loan costs $600 and includes operational, administrative, and disbursed costs.

These loans are disbursed by local cooperatives among the national church and village cooperatives that set the accountable process of refunding. The cooperatives decide how much and for how long each individual who received the funds should pay back. These same loans will generate more loans to other people in need. 

There are several Pastors in Nicaragua that are seeking loans as well as several leaders in Guatemala.

8. Hygiene Program

If you are a Public Health professional, a Social Worker, a Nurse or a Physician and would like to teach basic hygiene skills in a school in El Salvador and Guatemala, we need you. There is a school in Palo Amontonado that is seeking a professional(s) that could teach for a week about hygiene to 20 teachers and around 1,000 kids.

You will need to raise $1,500 to cover all of your expenses, which includes airline tickets, lodging, transportation, meals, and materials. The funds for airline tickets don’t need to be sent to us because they are purchased on your own.  However, if your want Developing Our World to buy your airline ticket (s), there will be an extra fee of $50.00 for this service. The in-country logistics is approximately $750-$850 per person.

Contact us to learn more.

9. Seeds Program

There are several villages in Guatemala that live on agriculture. Constantly the families are seeking seeds to sow, grow, and harvest in order to feed their families. The average per village is 250 families. One hundred dollars worth of seeds per family is more than enough for a season. This is one time program!

If you are interested in this program, let us know.

10. Fertilizer Project

This project is in combination with the Seeds Program. When providing seeds we need to provide fertilizer as well. The cost for fertilizing per family is $100.00 per season.

11. School Refurbishment Project

Many schools in Central America and Africa asked if we can complement what their government provides in order to feed the kids during the school year. For example: in Guatemala the school starts in the middle of January and ends in the middle of October (more or less 8 months). They asked to serve a drink, a main corse, and a fruit. Providing $55.00 per kid per year, you can provide every day a small meal for a kid and keep him/her at school. The average of kids at school is 300 kids.

On this price, it includes disburse of the funds, buying the food, and coordination in the village.

In each village there is a coordinator. The families provide a wood. The moms cook the meal. The moms and the teacher serve it.

These funds must be sent a month before school starts.

12. Latrine Project

This is the cost for a single and simple latrine - $400.00. If you are concerned about sanitation and the environment, please consider this project. This cost is applicable for countries like El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala.   

13. Floor Project

There are many families in Guatemala and Nicaragua who have dirt floors. The cost to build a concrete floor is $600.00. Let us know if you are interested in this project.

14. Water Tank Project

Where there is water, there is life. In Guatemala and Honduras, there are several villages looking for water tank projects that will store and provide water for more than 10,000 people. These water thanks are built with the help of local leaders.

Depending of the size of the water tank, the cost is expected to be between $10K to  $30K.

15. Brazilian Academy Project

There are two Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors that are teaching BJJ in Managua, Nicaragua and Guatemala City, Guatemala respectively. They are seeking help in purchasing mats for their academies. Both have around 20 students and currently cannot expand more because they don't have enough mats. They need 12 mats of 2m x 1m x 40mm (78.75″ x 39.375″ x 1.5″). The cost of each mat is $167.00. Total cost of the 12 mats: $2,004.00. Two academies: $4,008.00

We need to find 24 people or more who are interested to support a fellow jiu-jitsu brother who is struggling to open a BJJ academy and make a living of it. Providing this mats to them, it will build their capacity and provide them a job. 

 

Team Bixão BJJ ✰ MMA

Professor: Rodrigo “Bixão" Santos

Rank: Black Belt, Second Degree.

Lugar: Managua, Nicaragua

 

Paragon BJJ Guatemala

Instructors: Roberto “Crippler” Cáceres & Jorge Flores

Rank: Purple Belts

Lugar: Guatemala City, Guatemala

 

Contact us if you want to help or sponsor them.

16. Housing Program

Developing Our World is concerned about the basic needs of people. Food, shelter and access to work are things that everybody needs. We have a housing program that provides homes to families of lower income.

$5,000.00 will provide a house for a family

The model of the house is simple. It will be a cinder block house, measuring 36 square meters with two bedrooms, one room destined for living room, dining room and kitchen, and one room destined for the bathroom that includes a shower. Generally, these houses have one main door, one back door, and three windows (one window in each bedrooms and one in the bathroom). All of the materials, according to each country, are standardized. For example: doors, windows, floor, roof with its structure, and utensils for the bathroom, etc. will be the same.  The only variation is the position of the bathroom (according to the desire of the family) and the doors (according of the landscape of the lot).

Contact us to learn more details about this project.

17. Classroom Project

The next generation is the future of our society and it passes through education. In Guatemala there are several communities that could have better schools for kids. You can contribute for a single classroom or to an entire school building. A single class room built in a remote village costs $11,000.00 and the entire school with four classrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen, costs $61,000.00. The entire school project is meant to be built in phases, 3 to 5 years of work.

Let us know if you want to learn more about this project.

Note: this project is meant to be built with the help of the community

18. Clinic Project

If your church or organization is interested in a communal project that develops the health of the people, this is for you. With the help of the local leaders and community at large, you can build a clinic that would serve several other communities with a range of 6,000 people. The approximate cost: $30,000.00.

Contact us to learn more.

Note: this project is meant to be built with the help of the community

19. Church Project

Pastor Carlos Mario Marin who is a church planter in Medellin, Colombia, is seeking support to complement what he has raised. He has 10 families gathering together around the word and sacrament on a weekly basis. He hopes to purchase property, construct a church building with a parsonage. The approximate cost to achieve this goal is to raise $50,000.

Pastor Carlos Amador is plating a church in Villa Nueva, Chinandega, Nicaragua. He needs $8,000.00 to buy a property and build a church. He has around 30 people gathering together every week.

Pastor Rufino Quintero Lainez is planting a church in Jinotepe, Rivas, Nicaragua. He is seeking support to build a church. His congregation has around 15 families worshiping on a weekly basis. A church building will provide security and credibility in the community. The cost of the project is around $30,000.

Pastor Mardo Calero is looking for property in La Unión, Guatemala, to purchase and plant a church. With $15,000 it's possible to buy property with a house in the area of La Union.

Note: Developing Our World does not support dependency! All of these projects are joint efforts with a local congregation / mission in order to build their capacity. Their participation in the process is essential for their development and growth.

20. Internship Program

If you are interested in serving as an English teacher, there is a position available at Escuela Evangélica Oscar Murillo in Choloma, Honduras.

You don’t need to have a title as English teacher, but must have proficiency in writing, reading, listening, and speaking English. If you don’t have experience teaching English, you can apply and be an asset to this school.

Lodging, food, and transportation is covered by the local church.

You only need to raise funds for insurance and administrative expenses, which amounts to $1,000 total.

For more information contact us.

21. Mission Trips

You, your church, your school or organization can engage in holistic community development. How? You can book a trip and spend seven to 10 days working in communities all over the world, building relationships, researching the community, building capacity, and providing individual or communal projects that enhance the life of the local people.

Since Developing Our World works with a holistic approach, every single trip is planned carefully according to the values of the community and the values of the organization, avoiding any kind of projects that encourage dependency.

First Year - This year the emphasis is community engagement and "ice breaking.” Through researching (asking questions) and building relationships, your team will get to know people within the community. During this trip the foundation for future trips is laid.

         1) Meeting with leaders

         2) Meeting with teachers

         3) Meeting with nurses, doctors, etc.

         4) Meeting with church leaders

         5) Home visits

         6) Community Party

         7) Worship with them

Second Year - This year, the emphasis will be based on the vertical relationships, which is on God.

         1) Worship with them

         2) Teaching

         3) Training

         4) Visits

The Third Year - This year, the emphasis will be based on the vertical relationships, which is on God.

         1) Worship with them

         2) Teaching

         3) Training

         4) Visits

The Fourth Year - This year, the emphasis will be based on the horizontal relationships, which is in my neighbor and myself and the rest of the community.

         1) Worship with them

         2) Teaching

         3) Training

         4) Visits

         5) Building

The Fifth Year - This year, the emphasis will be based on the horizontal relationships, which is on the rest of the community.

         1) Worship with them

         2) Teaching

         3) Training

         4) Visits

         5) Building

Note: this will give you a picture of how our trips would look. The number of years could be more or less. It depends on the commitment of the church / organization. Therefore, Developing Our World understands that there are several factors that will contribute to this decision in order to determine how long the work will last.

The costs of the trip may vary according to the country.

Brasil - between $2,500.00 to $3,000.00

Colombia - between $2,500.00 to $3,000.00

El Salvador - between $1,200.00 to $1,800.00

Guatemala - between $1,200.00 to $1,800.00

Honduras - between $1,200.00 to $1,800.00

Nicaragua - between $1,200.00 to $1,800.00

Panamá - between $1,200.00 to $1,800.00

Paraguay - between $2,500.00 to $3,000.00

Angola - between $3,500.00 to $4,500.00

Liberia - between $3,500.00 to $4,500.00

Germany - between $2,500.00 to $3,000.00

Israel - between $3,500.00 to $4,500.00

Note: the variation of the costs is due to airfares. The logistics costs are flat - to South American countries $1,200.00; to Central American countries - $750-$850. These costs are per person.

Contact us for more information

22. Vacation Bible School Project

As you go on a mission trip we encourage you to teach Vacation Bible School (VBS). Depending where you go, special arrangements must be made, which take time and coordination with locals.

During years 1-3, you will have the opportunity to identify local VBS leaders whom you teach and raise up to lead when your team is absent. During years 4-5 your team will assist the local VBS leader(s).

23. VBS Snacks

If your team would like to serve a healthy snack to kids after VBS class, the expenses look like this: 1) $350 total for a VBS with an average of 70 - 150 kids each day for four days; 2) $450 total for VBS with an average of 150 - 300 kids each day for four days.

24. Legal Entities Projects

Developing Our World is looking forward to expanding its work in several directions - to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Bolivia, and Angola. In each of these countries, there are a set of regulations that will allow us to work there with transparency, accountability, and strategy.

1. Angola - we will need $3,500 to open a branch of Developing Our World

2. Bolivia - we will need $3,000 to open a branch of Developing Our World

3. Guatemala - we need $1,200 to open a legal entity.

4. Nicaragua - we need $1,200 to open a legal entity.

5. Panama - we will need $3,000 to open a branch of Developing Our World

These are all strategic locations that will leverage our organization to expand our work in Central and South America as well as Africa. These entities will create jobs as well.

Contact us if you are interested in helping us create legal entities by which we will be able to wire funds from the US to the entity and not to an individual.

25. Staff position of Chief Manager Director

This is a position that will assist the Executive Director in the area of finances, management, and logistics. The person to fill this position is Dawn Timm who worked with Pastor Miguel for more than 9 years. The amount we have to raise per year for this position is $50K. Please, help us bring Dawn back to the ministry.

Our Partners