At present, there are fifteen Latin American Child Care and Child Care Plus schools in Guatemala. A total student population of ± three thousand. Most of these children are sponsored by people in North America.
This Christian outreach was birthed about sixteen years ago and has plans to grow and develop more schools in the outlying areas as finance and opportunity become available.
The vision and concept for the WCVTC was formulated in order to provide the graduates of the Child Care schools with an educational bridge to the workplace.
The WCVTC is planned to be essentially a Christian, technical and trade school. Providing training in areas such as Dental Hygiene Technician, Dental Assistant, Dental Technician, Industrial Engineering Technician, Engine Overhaul and Reconditioning, Forestry Technology and Computation.
William Cornelius was the Director of the World Missions Department of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada in the 1980's and on into the 90s. On the 17th December, 1992 while preparing to visit Spain, he passed away. The training centre in Guatemala is named after him in order to honour a faithful servant of God.
The children who are receiving their education in the Child Care schools are predominantly from extremely poor circumstances. The rural and urban poor. Guatemala is typical of Latin American countries in that it has the extreme disparity of wealth alongside poverty.
Illiteracy is very high here, as is infant mortality. Many customs seem to be biased against an education that would take a child away from the fields. We want to be a part of helping this generation take advantage of the new opportunities emerging in Central America, while at the same time, giving these young people a firm foundation in the things of God. Christian principles and ethics will be taught as a daily subject alongside mathematics and language, etc.