He is a young man of 15, he was born in Santa Rosa. He presents the problem of total loss of hearing in his left ear since the age of 8. In 2013 his parents took him for a medical examination, but the diagnostic wasn’t very hopeful because a hearing device couldn’t be installed because he did not have the needed skin tissue to place it.
This young man was born into very poor conditions, he never had his three meals each day, unfortunately neither the mother nor the father could attend school which is the reason why finding a job has been hard for them. The father is a day laborer in Finca Filadelfia and the mother is a housekeeper. He has a younger brother who is 12 years old. Finca Filadelfia provides them a little piece of land for them to live on. They have made a small room with metal tin and some wood, which does not have the basic services that are water and electricity.
Starting this year, Asociación Nuestros Ahijados has been supporting this young man with his studies, he is now in 7th grade at The Scheel Center, having the opportunity of improving for life. Also he can receive medical, physiological and dental care as part of our services. He is doing well at school, according to his teachers, he could do better but because of his hearing issue it is difficult for him. He is a very shy boy and tells that he would like to be a National Police Officer, so he can be able to support all those people who are victims of violence. His brother is also receiving support from us and is studying Stage III at The Scheel Center.
He is working hard every day to improve and to have a better future, despite his hearing problems he never quits and comes to school every day. We are very proud to be able to to help him improve his life.
Carlos Antonio Carias Monroy
This family is originally native from Jalapa, they decided to come to Antigua in order to improve their life quality. Unfortunately, once they were already settled, they realized this was not what they were aiming for; the father became an alcoholic and mistreated both physically and verbally his whole family. As a consequence to this situation, they split and the mother decided to go back to Jalapa.
A little after the mother went back and started working, she got a rare disease that leads her to death. All of this was so sudden that nobody realized she was so sick and by the time she got to the hospital could only spend two more days there before she passed away.
All of this caused problems with the family one more time. Relatives from Jalapa were trying the father would bring them to Antigua in order to provide economical support, but he had already raised a whole new family with a different woman and wants to know nothing about his older children who were brought to Jocotenango in order to start a debate and delegate custody. The children are taken to the childhood and youth court located in Chimaltenango.
Two of the kids Nelson and Jennifer are given to an uncle (mother’s brother) while Jorge Mario and Carlos Antonio are given to their grandma (mother’s mother) But after a while, grandma got all of them because the uncle couldn’t support them.
Three of the children start to study at the Scheel Center, One of the programs of Asociación Nuestros Ahijados de Guatemala. During the past summer, they had the last debate were Nelson and Jenifer were separated from their siblings and taken back to Jalapa and grandma got to keep just two of them. Currently just Carlos who is now 11 years old is currently in fifth grade continues to study at the Scheel Center.
Carlos is very happy because he has found at the Scheel Center not only psychological and academic help but has also gotten clothing and shoes, all of this because he dreams to become a professional lawyer in order to help his family and other children that may have the same problem he and his siblings went through. Even when he says he doesn’t lack of love and his grandma constantly shows this to him, he misses his siblings. He is also very conscious and grateful for the help he gets because he knows how much this represents to his grandma.
Henio Wilfredo Pérez
Departamento de Guías.
Doña Olga comes originally from Escuintla, has lived a life without any kind of education and a lot of hard work. From a very early age, she got together with Don Miguel and as a fruit of that commitment they had a son named Miguel Angel.
Things weren’t going well between Don Miguel and Doña Olga and they have a lot of problems this lead the relationship into a break up. Doña Olga decided then to start a new relationship with a Don Ezequiel who gave her three more children after moving out with hom. Thinking everything was going to be a little easier, Doña Olga had no idea he was going to make things even worse.
Laidy is the only daughter in this little family. Growing up among boys and an alcoholic father who used to mistreat her was not easy at all. His dad used to mistreat her mom as well by insulting and hitting her while children could watch.
After arguing a lot, Doña Olga got tired of being mistreated so she decided to abandon her home, and they started living in the street. Since they didn´t have a permanent place to spend the nights they approached our help through “Albergue Santa Madre”, one of the programs from Asociación Nuestros Ahijados where a temporary shelter is provided every night to homeless people. After several nights, the project could realize about the children’s situation and decided to help them by making them become part of the Dreamer Center so that they could study.
After a little while, The project decides to provide this family with a home where they all currently live. Miguel goes to the Scheel Center and the rest of the children including Laidy go to the Dreamer Center.
Laidy is currently in fourth grade. She is a very cooperative child with a bunch of dreams, goals and desires. She always goes to school and constantly show her gratitude to the project as well as her siblings. They are aware this place gave them the opportunity to become somebody in life.
If you were to observe the Dreamer Center of Nuestros Ahijados you would see the smiling faces of the children as they run around, shouting, playing, and enjoying life. Few people realize, however, the harsh reality that these children have come from. Belmaris Perez is one of our girls who can provide an example of the extreme poverty faced by so many families living in Guatemala.
Belmaris is from a family of ten children. With nine brothers her parents had many mouths to feed and not a lot of money to do so. Like many families from poverty stricken areas of Guatemala, they did not have a lot. They did not even have their own home, but while the Perez family had a dual income they were able to afford a rented home. It was quite small, but in decent condition compared to the countless other places they had called home for the past five years. Some of these houses had been dirty and unsafe, but they provided a roof over the family’s heads. Mr. Perez does not have a stable job and is only able to contribute approximately Q. 2,300 monthly, which translates to roughly $300 US dollars. Belmaris’ mother, had been working in a bakery, which provided more of an income for the large family to live on, but recently she had a pretty bad accident and was injured. Unable to walk, Mrs. Perez could not afford other means to get to work, further stressing the family’s difficulties. Yet another concern is that some time ago, Mrs. Perez came across three children who did not have a home. These children, Hector, Cesar, and Astrid were abandoned by their father and had nowhere to go. Mrs. Perez did not have much to offer, but could not bear to leave these children to fend for themselves. She adopted them and they now live with the struggling family. Belmaris often felt alone in the midst of the many children and parents preoccupied with finding a means to provide. She is an extremely resilient child though. She managed to remain positive the midst of her problematic and struggling household. She always hoped for eventual change and the opportunity for education and success. Mrs. Perez said that she had planned a good life for her children, but was saddened that this had not been successful. She felt hopeless, never knowing if the family would come up with enough money to stay in their house or if they would have enough food for even a day. When Nuestros Ahijados approached the Perez family they were so happy for the chance to attend school and gain an education, which is invaluable in a country like Guatemala. They also have received economic help to support the large family. Belmaris has received her dream of having an education and has been a part of Nuestros Ahijados for over eight years now. She continues to receive good grades and grow in her knowledge and potential for success. The Perez family is a wonderful example of the fact that poverty does not have to stop a child from achieving success. There are countless other children who still need help. We ask that you consider partnering with us to provide these children with the same future Belmaris is now enjoying.
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