With a 45-minute surgery, Operation Smile Guatemala cab change children’s lives forever and give children a smile and hope in their hearts.
With a 45-minute surgery, Operation Smile Guatemala cab change children’s lives forever and give children a smile and hope in their hearts.View full post
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 …View full post
GUATEMALA 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 …View full post
ARTICLE 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, …View full post
Growing Up Orphan at Dorie’s Promise Guatemala Nayeli’s story shows how love and commitment can help give orphans tools for success. Guatemala City, Guatemala (PRWEB) July 13, 2014 “Forever Changed International’s Guatemalan orphanage called Dorie’s Promise is excited to share the story of Nayeli, a child who has grown up in the care of the …View full post
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
GUATEMALA 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.
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.
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.
ARTICLE 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.
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.
Growing Up Orphan at Dorie’s Promise Guatemala
Nayeli’s story shows how love and commitment can help give orphans tools for success.
“Forever Changed International’s Guatemalan orphanage called Dorie’s Promise is excited to share the story of Nayeli, a child who has grown up in the care of the special moms at Dorie’s Promise. Nayeli is a fifteen-year-old girl who is demonstrating the sort of positive impact Forever Changed International has on children. She has grown spiritually, and has shown herself to be a happy child, a good friend, and to have a loving heart towards the other children at Dorie’s Promise.
Nayeli was very young when she came to Dorie’s Promise, and her transition time was difficult. Now though, she has become a confident girl. She is even seen as a leader amongst the children. The special moms who have cared for her state that she has a mature point of view. She has become someone who knows, according to the special moms, “what is positive or negative for her life.”
Alej Diaz, Director of Dorie’s Promise Guatemala says, “I remember not just one but the many times that she has organized a secret party or a dance with the children to celebrate the birthday of one special moms, or any special date like Christmas or Mother’s Day.”
Nayeli has clearly transitioned from an orphaned child who was in desperate need of love and help, to one who can extend that same kind of love and help to someone else. She shows this love to the other children at Dorie’s Promise by explaining to them what Dorie’s Promise is like. It is “a beautiful place to stay,” she says, “where they can feel comfortable and we will be their family.”
Friends at school also have positive things to say about Nayeli. “I like to … share with my friends…” Nayeli says, and they share a great deal of laughter with each other. They love to joke, but they also support each other as they work on home work. To her friends, Nayeli is a trustworthy person.
As she continues to grow, Nayeli is beginning to look to the future. She would love to work in fashion design, but she also says, “I would like to help people as Dorie’s Promise helped me.” This means sharing another lesson she has learned: that Jesus is her savior. Nayeli herself counts this as one of the most important things she has received while at Dorie’s Promise, and Alej and the special moms agree that if she keeps God at the center of her life, she will do very well.
About Dorie’s Promise:
Located in Guatemala City, Dorie’s Promise is an orphanage providing full-time care, housing, education, and other amenities for up to 40 children. The home operates on donations and grants, primarily from sources in the United States. It is operated by Forever Changed International (FCI), which is located in the metro Portland, Oregon area. Founded by Heather Radu, FCI is dedicated to rescuing orphans and providing them with a safe, nurturing environment.”
For more information, contact Radu at 360-335-3125 or e-mail email@example.com