Holistic Child Development

As 2021 came to an end, the staff of child development centers in Peru provided this update for those who sponsor children in the country. Sponsorship provides a child living in poverty with educational, physical, emotional, and spiritual support, and connects them to caring adults in a local Nazarene child development center.

If you are interested in sponsoring a child from Peru, or another country, visit ncm.org/sponsor.

Being a teenager anywhere in the world can be a challenge. For Siva*, a 16-year-old boy who attends a child development center in Nepal, the last year and a half has been in and out of restrictive lockdowns. 

Instead of growing frustrated, Siva wrote to his sponsor to tell her that he was using the time in lockdown, “as a great opportunity to learn creative things.” So, always a creative soul, Siva is teaching himself how to play the ukulele.  

All around the world, the Church of the Nazarene operates child development programs that provide emotional, spiritual, educational, and physical care for children living in poverty. These programs unite children with sponsors who agree to provide financial support and encourage the child as she or he grows and learns. Keep reading to learn more about a few of those places where holistic child development programs are making a difference.