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Feliz Cumpleanos from Dorie’s Promise. At the end of May, we enjoyed our family birthday party in the backyard at Dorie’s Promise. We’re excited to share birthday updates about our May birthday kiddos! In May, we celebrated four very special kids—Dulce, Jimena, Manuel, and Elvis. Dulce Our sweet Dulce just turned 8! It seems almost impossible that the tiny baby who came to our home during the summer...

In April, Doc Castro shared an update with us about COVID-19 in Guatemala. With so many developments surrounding the virus in recent months, we asked Doc to update us again about the current situation. Today, we’re sharing his most recent update. Can you describe the current COVID-19 situation in Guatemala? It has been 3 ½ months since the pandemic reached our country. The first person infected was...

As many areas in the United States begin reopening, in Guatemala we’re still under strict stay-at-home orders. We’re entering our fourth month of e-learning, daily curfews, and travel restrictions. Honestly, even with all of that, we’re missing people the most. We miss our friends, our mission teams, and our church! Staying connected with our church family has been hard, but we’re grateful for their support,...

Life during quarantine has been hard. Just like yours, our kids have been home from school since March. Public buses are shut down, we can’t travel between departments (states), and we have nationwide curfews, making our staff’s daily commutes difficult. But, amid all the difficulties, there are good moments as well. For some of our children, they are happier at home, an upside of quarantine we didn’t expect. Making Time...

The last Friday of each month we have a big party at Dorie’s Promise. Balloons and streamers hang from the pergola in our backyard. Our kids fill the tables. We sing. We eat cake. Most importantly, we celebrate birthdays together as one big family. Today, we’re sending you birthday updates and blessings from Dorie’s Promise. Thankfully, our family birthday parties have continued with only a few...

The last few months have been difficult for all of us. Most of us aren’t accustomed to the uncertainty and lack of control we’ve experienced. Imagine what it feels like for children, especially children who have already overcome traumatic experiences. We’re committed to healthy, happy kids even during times of stress. This week, we’re hearing from our mental health program coordinator, Ana-Maria. Describe your work at Dorie’s Promise. I am in...

Over the last two months, the COVID-19 pandemic solidified our mission and reinforced the importance of our Dorie’s Promise community. Providing the best care possible to our children will always be our priority, but without faithful supporters like you who also love our children, our home wouldn’t exist. Our children at Dorie’s Promise need you more than ever. Our Team in Guatemala Most importantly, we are pleased to report that all...

Life looks very different lately at Dorie’s Promise, but with 40 kids something fun or funny is always happening. Here’s your weekly dose of laughter and smiles straight from Dorie’s Promise. We make learning fun! Recently, we shared about how our teachers have adapted to distance learning. Managing everyone’s schedule is quite a challenge, but Lucky and Jenny make it look easy and fun. Our younger...

Less than an hour after clearing customs, I walked into Dorie’s Promise. From the nurse’s room, the quiet cry of a baby drew my attention. There aren’t many babies at Dorie’s Promise anymore so this little cry was like a beacon for my baby-loving heart. Within minutes, I fell in love with baby Christopher, his thick black hair, and tight grip on my finger. Over the next few days, the reality...

Just like your kids, our kids have all switched to distance learning. Needless to say, it was a big adjustment in our home. Thankfully, Lucky and Jenny, our teachers, are doing an amazing job transforming their classrooms and organizing everyone’s schedules. Today, we’re sharing our recent conversation with Lucky and Jenny. Remember, some superheroes don’t wear capes – they teach! Our children are divided into two...