Country: Guatemala

Serving Guatemala Through Lifeline

Since Guatemala’s recent civil war, many children were left orphaned, without homes and without loved ones. Consequently, many Guatemalan children are some of the highest malnourished children in Latin America. Access to education is also minimal, and as a result, the challenges that orphaned and vulnerable children in Guatemala face as they get older can be overwhelming.

(un)adopted

About Guatemala

(un)adopted partners with a family-style care home in Guatemala that focuses on HIV+ children and teen moms (along with their babies) who have experienced sexual abuse. Throughout the year, (un)adopted takes two or three trips to Guatemala in order to provide Caregiver Education training, being instructed by Lifeline’s social workers. While social workers conduct the training sessions, teams care for the children, minister to the mothers, and assist in any ongoing projects happening at the home.

How You Can Help

(un)adopted’s primary initiative in Guatemala is to find local churches which understand the biblical mandate of caring for the orphaned and vulnerable and equipping churches to do the same. Reforma Church is a great example of a church working to fulfill the biblical mandate, and our team has come alongside them to help and encourage them as they seek to equip the local believers.

Reforma Church has two primary ministries through which they are ministering to orphaned and vulnerable children. These ministries include: “MANOS” and “SAMOS.”

  • MANOS (hands) is a ministry that care for the vulnerable in a very tangible way. This ministry provides venerable families with groceries and supplies in the surrounding area.
  • SAMOS (We are) is a ministry which equips local believers to serve as mentors for children living in institutions under government protection. They are also in the process of training 60 foster families for 2021 who will be able to open their hearts and homes to the vulnerable children in region.

(un)adopted’s second initiative is to support A.C.H. Orphan Care Conferences every October in Guatemala. The purpose behind these conferences is to bring encouragement to individuals and churches who work and serve with children from hard places.  

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