By Heather Radu –
Six months ago the news rang out across the world that an orphanage in Guatemala had burned to the ground and children had died.
After the fire, our team immediately knew that we wanted to help in any way possible. We did many things like send food, water, and blankets to help the children there in need.
The best thing our team did was accept several children into our home.
We didn’t really have the space or the budget to accept them but we took them anyway moving forward on faith knowing it was the right action to take.
Each child that came to us faced different challenges because of their individual background and the conditions that they had lived in previously. The government orphanage was a large facility that housed hundreds of children and the caregivers weren’t able to give the level of individual care that we would expect in our home. The ensuing investigation brought to light a history of abuse, mistreatment, and neglect resulting in several people being charged with various offenses related to the facility and fire.
Moving from those conditions to our home after such a traumatic event has been difficult for the children, but we are happy to share six months later, we are seeing great progress.
Cecilia, our staff psychologist, shared with me some of the growth that she has seen in these children. I want to share that with you and ask for your continued help to take care of them.
Christina was scared, Myra was skeptical, Manuel needed extra care. It was not easy for them to learn to trust again, but because of the patient loving care of our staff the children have opened up. They are engaging with others, trusting again, and dreaming again.
We are so thankful for the opportunity to impact these children and help them thrive after experiencing such a great trauma and loss.
Now it is time to take the next step and get them enrolled in school!
Please stand with me and consider a special gift to help make sure that each and every one of our children receives the education they need to learn and mature.
The average cost of sending a child to a private school in Guatemala is $1,700 per year. That’s just about $142 a month — which covers everything they need; tuition, books, uniforms, after-school activities, tutoring, supplies, and transportation. We’d like to raise $25,500 before December 31.
P.S. Thanks to you Myra, Manuel, and Christina are thriving. Let’s help them take the next step in their care and make sure they get the best education we can give them in Guatemala City.