Feb 24, 2020

The view of a happy future

Juanito was born five years ago. When his mom was in labor the family called the ambulance but never came, so she gave birth at home. After that, they were took to the National Hospital and they had to stay there for two weeks due to some complications he had while delivery.

 

After being at the hospital for a long time, they finally were able to go home; but his mom realized that something was wrong with Juanito’s eyes. Concerned about that, she decided to take him to see a doctor and after different studies, the worst news were told to her… Juanito had a cancerous tumor! Unfurtunately the tumor was in the back side of his eyes; and for this reason he had to be hospitalized again and had a surgery to take the tumor out from his eyes to prevent him to loose the vision in both of his eyes.

 

To have the tumor taken out, one of his eyes was removed, the tumor had grown so fast that the eye were it was located was totally useful and was pushing the eye out from the eyeball. The surgery was so expensive, that the family had to sell everything they had to start giving him the chemotherapies that Juanito needed to improve his health. Currently, Juanito is still fighting against the loss of sight of the one eye he still has working well.

 

Asociación Nuestros Ahijados de Guatemala, is supporting Juanito with education, food and health care, currently he is doing good in school, developing new skills that he didn’t have. He needs an eye surgery to rescue his sight and prevents blindness being very young.

 

He is a very active and social kid and seems to be vey healthy and deal with his problem. The difficulty in school is his low sight, when he grows up he wants to be an “eye doctor” to help others with the same prblems that he has now. The family is very thankful with all the support received from Asociación Nuestros Ahijados.

Feb 20, 2020

Mommy in Danger

María José was born in a small, poor town in Chiquimula (on the eastern coast of Guatemala). Her father died in a terrible accident, leaving her fatherless at the age of 12 years old. Two years later, Maria’s mother died of womb cancer after which she was forced to live under her grandmother’s care. Without her grandmother, there is a greater than normal chance that Maria could have been picked up in the streets and sold into human trafficking. Despite these hardships, she eventually moved to Guatemala City where she could realize her desire to work and study.

It was in Guatemala City that Maria met the father of her child. She was able to find work, but the income was very low and hardly enough to support a baby. Eventually, the father was kidnapped and murdered, leaving Maria once again desperate and alone without knowing what to do. She needed to feed her child and didn’t have any money to do so; besides that, she was feeling fearful in that big city after the horror that fell upon the father of her child.

Maria decided to move again and chase a fresh start to a new life, this time to a smaller city. She landed a job in a restaurant and worked there for several years without any problems. She felt that for the first time her life was changing for the better and that she was going to be able to give her child a better future.

That is until one night, while she was working late, Maria was alone in the restaurant when a man came in, pretending to be a client. When she turned away to prepare his order, the man suddenly knocked Maria on her back and attacked her. She was subsequently raped, suffering not only physical harm but left to deal with the haunting psychological effects too. As a result, Maria got pregnant again, making her life more difficult to deal with now that a second child was on the way with no means to provide adequate care.

After being treated at the National Hospital, the Office of Violence Against Women referred her to a place to receive psychological treatment as well as education, that place being Asociación Nuestros Ahijados. When cases like Maria’s are brought to our attention, we act as quickly as possible. For Maria, we were able to provide legal support, psychological aid, and food and education for her older child. We rescued Maria from the risks she and her children faced everyday living in that area by providing a safe place to live and protecting both of her children from poverty, an unhealthy environment, and the risk of being sold into slavery.

Currently, Maria José is involved with our programs, receiving all the support she can from Asociación Nuestros Ahijados of Guatemala.

 

 

 

Jan 30, 2020

Cristi's Dreams

Cristina is 8 years old, together with her siblings; they started school in the middle of last year. They were referred to Asociación Nuestros Ahijados by the Child Protect Office in Guatemala, since their mother was being processed for not taking care well of her children.

This year Cristina and her siblings were enrolled in school. She will be in first grade which makes the family be very happy to have the opportunity to attend school since her parents didn’t have the opportunity to study and always wanted to give their children a better life, but because of their low education there are things that they don’t know and they give priority to other things instead of her children.

Their living conditions are not safe for the children; the parents are renting a small room which is made of metal tin, cardboard and plastic. The floor is made of dirt and it is a very small place for all of them to live. The area where their “house” is; is not an adequate and secure place to live, which makes the children be exposed to be abused from strangers who are haunting the area.

Because of the need of having something to eat each day and the nee of having a formal job, the parents send the children to sell hand crafts in the streets of Antigua, even at night which puts them in high risk of sexual depredators and street crime. For this reason the Child Support Office ordered the parents that they had to send the children to school and find a formal job to be able to support them, otherwise the children were going to be sent to a foster home and taken away from them.

Thanks to Asociación Nuestros Ahijados, the parents were able to have an opportunity to give their children the chance to attend school and saving them from danger and change their future through education; following their dreams and hopes. Cristina is very happy to come to school and learn a lot every day. Now she will be able to have a better future and change her life.

 
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