Mar 17

Urgent prayer request!! Please take time to read and pray!

Hi everyone! We wanted to send this out to ask for you all to join us in prayer about something that has been transpiring over the last 2 weeks. We have recently heard that one of the families we serve is possibly involved with gang members. Our group of 5 missionaries who are currently here in…

Mar 02

Operacion Sonrisa Guatemala Hosting Upcoming Jornada

Woperacion sonrisa guatemalaith a 45-minute surgery, Operation Smile Guatemala cab change children’s lives forever and give children a smile and hope in their hearts.

 

 

 

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Feb 24

ORPHAN SUNDAY GLOBAL MOVEMENT GUATEMALA

Orphan Sunday started in 2009, year after year God has added more and more churches and organizations to join this movement, in 2013 we had a great impact in Guatemala, we where all in the news, the TV and Radio interviewed us, more than 30 churches and 10 organizations celebrated Orphan Sunday, and we are growing, this year we are having a big movement, CAFO (Christian Alliance for Orphans in USA) with their team are coming to do a life broadcasting network video, we are having the participation of the First Lady of Guatemala, and more surprises! This is a national movement for the fatherless. Defend the cause of the Fatherless, Is. 1:17

Feb 24

Hospice of Hope for 67 Children with HIV

hospicio san jose #1GUATEMALA CITY Hospice San José was founded in Guatemala in 1985 as a non-governmental organization to help children with HIV. The first headquarters was established in Guatemala City, years later it was moved to San Lucas Sacatepequez and in 2007 relocated to KM 28.5 Barcenas, Villa Nueva.

Patricia Santiz, the manager of the hospice, serving 67 children stated “We care for children from a year and half through teenagers. Most of the children we have were abandoned in hospitals or left with relatives because they had HIV, others were orphaned and are referred to us.”

At the institution they receive not just health care, but also psychological care which enables them to learn to live with their situation. “More than medication our goal is to provide comprehensive support” said Santiz.

He added that the cost of treatment for each of the 67 children at the hospice amounts to Q110 to Q120 thousand thousand per year. “Each case is different and we try to treat them as such.” He said.

Maudie González, Doctor at the Hospice, said that HIV patients are always exposed to opportunistic diseases. “The drugs have side effects such as diarrhea, vomiting, skin changes. In addition, they may have kidney problems or issues with cholesterol,” Gonzalez said.

Abandoned children

One girl was abandoned near the Roosevelt Hospital in 2012. Firefighters said the child had lacerations, where there were worms. She was taken to hospital where it was discovered she had HIV. The hospital called the hospice to let him know the situation. “Because she had no name, we named her after Ana Sofia, the famous Guatemalan gymnast that this country is proud of,” said Santiz.

Ana Sofia is now just over two years old , and runs through the corridors of the building, she often shows affections to her friends by giving them hugs and kisses or by taking another girl’s hand and walking to the dining room.

“When they have medical and psychological care from the time they are small, it is easier to cope with their condition,” said psychologist Lucia Grajeda.

Help

Assisting people with HIV has a high cost

Furthermore, there are approximately 700 people receiving outpatient care and attend on a daily basis for their medication.

The Guatemalan government makes a contribution towards this and they also receive help from other institutions, but it is not enough. Donors or volunteers wishing to work with or assist the Hospice can find out more information at 6624-4700 or 3002-6393.

“Most children served are abandoned in hospitals or with relatives because they have HIV, but when they arrive here they are given the attention and care they need.” Patricia Santiz, administrator of Hospicio San Jose.

Sources:

http://www.prensalibre.com/noticias/comunitario/Hospicio-ninos-VIH-Guatemala_0_1291670825.html

 

 

Feb 23

USAID grant and Fostering Hope Guatemala

BOC_Fostering-Hope-Guatemala-logo-09-12-13-300x84ARTICLE BY KATEY HEARTH, originally posted at https://www.mnnonline.org

Guatemala (MNN) — Why is foster care in Guatemala such a big deal?

“We see the issue of unaccompanied children moving into the U.S. [and] whatever we can do to have children remain in their families — it not only takes care of that child for a lifetime, but it is also working to things that are affecting our present-day society,” says Phil Brinkmeyer of Buckner International.

A USAID grant is helping Buckner keep vulnerable kids in safe families through a two-year program called “Fostering Hope Guatemala.”

Brinkmeyer says they are attempting to meet four objectives:

Get 103 institutionalized children into foster families.
Create a team of experts to manage the cases of vulnerable children.
Train and equip Guatemala’s government to develop foster care programs.
Develop a system to manage and track data on foster kids and families.
“Currently, in the Child Welfare Division (which we would call Child Protective Services here in the States), there’s actually not a database, a system, to track children efficiently through an electronic means,” shares Brinkmeyer.

Right now, the only option for kids who lack a safe home environment is a state-run orphanage or similar institution. By working with the government and building up Guatemala’s infrastructure to accommodate foster care, Buckner hopes to keep all children in a family environment.

“It’s sometimes difficult to work through bureaucracies,” Brinkmeyer observes. “But the Lord has opened doors with relationships in the Guatemalan government.”

Since September, Buckner has been able to sign agreements with four entities that are the Guatemalan equivalents of U.S. offices: Child Protective Services, the Children’s Bureau, Supreme Court, and Attorney General.

These agreements will help give “Fostering Hope Guatemala” legitimacy at a national level. In addition, Buckner is running a campaign that helps explain foster care and its benefits to communities throughout the country.

Churches and Christian families are another key demographic for Buckner.

“It’s an open opportunity to move Christians in Guatemala toward providing, and actually doing, what the Lord has instructed us all to do: take care of the orphan and the widow in the times of their distress,” says Brinkmeyer.

The kids Buckner is helping aren’t usually orphans in the sense that they’ve lost one or both parents. They are generally children who’ve been abandoned or are removed from their home because of abuse or neglect.

Find ways to get involved in Guatemala here.

The best way you can help, Brinkmeyer says, is through prayer.

Pray for opportunities to share the Gospel through this program. Pray that Christian families will step up and share God’s love with vulnerable foster kids. Pray that the children helped through this program will find safe homes.”

Visit Buckner’s profile page to learn more about their work around the world.

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