The work carried out by a Deddington-based charity in Guatemala to help victims of gang violence, drug addiction and prostitution is the subject of a new TV documentary.
The Nicodemus Trust runs mentoring and education projects in the Central American country and in the UK.
The presenter of the documentary is Steve Miles, leader of The Source, a Brackley-based church, who saw first-hand how the trust is helping young people to leave the streets and transform their lives.
Filmed in October 2014, ‘World of Hope: Nicodemus in Guatemala’ features the rescue of street children, the care provided for abused teenage girls and a school on the edge of a rubbish dump that educates the children of families who work at the dump.
It also looks at the trust’s Young Adults with Purpose project, which supports individuals from backgrounds of extreme poverty with mentoring, education and the delivery of schemes to improve their communities.
Following the success of this project in Guatemala, a similar scheme has since been launched in Banbury.
Alastair Welford, a trustee of the Nicodemus Trust, said: “Thirty years of civil war in Guatemala, which ended in 1996, impacts three generations, leaving a legacy of many social problems. Issues such as gang culture, drugs and prostitution are widespread.
“One of the values of the Nicodemus Trust, as Steve discovered, is that as beneficiaries are helped, they are encouraged and supported to help others.
“He saw many young adults, who themselves have had traumatic lives, helping others.”
The 60-minute documentary was first broadcast on Sunday on UCB (Sky 585), the TV channel of United Christian Broadcasters, and is being repeated until May 2. It is also available to view on demand via UCB’s website and app.
For information about the Nicodemus Trust, visit www.nicodemustrust.org.uk.