Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala

by The GOD'S CHILD Project
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Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala
Homes for Homeless Families in Guatemala



In Guatemala, more than 55% of the population is in poverty and extreme poverty. The lucky ones have a home, a roof to sleep and food to cover their breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But the other part is selling candy and other things on buses, in parks, on the streets to survive; for the most part, children are the ones that you see doing this and when you talk to them, they tell you that they have not eaten all day or days.

In Antigua Guatemala, surviving every day is an arduous task for families who have nothing more than what they are wearing, women suffer from abuse and become pregnant without wanting it, children are exploited and trafficked and men do not find work because of their addictions of drugs and alcohol.

As of November, the decrease of temperatures in the national territory is recorded every year, due to the approach of Cold Fronts and High Pressure Systems that affect the country.

Therefore, the Executive Secretariat of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction -SE-CONRED-, activated the National Protocol for Season of Temperature Descent 2019-2020, as well as coordination with municipal authorities for the empowerment of shelters action that entails the Declaration of Yellow Municipal Alerts that is maintained in 8 municipalities of the country.

More than 3,000 persons were attended in shelters due to the cold weather this last month in Guatemala.

We, The God's Child Project,  as an organization that ensures the care and well-being of those who need us most, provide them with a shelter, a roof and a meal that will give them some hope that not all is lost.

Every day we house more than 100 men, women and children of all ages. We provide a plate of food, psychological support, hygiene, showers and a place to spend the cold night.

Our homeless shelter staff is responsible for keeping everything in order and thanks to the help of our volunteers they have the opportunity to share their stories and feel important again.

They feel like home and appreciate having the support of the institution that day by day supports to improve their integrity and security by keeping them safe of the insecurities that the night brings.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! 

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In a few months a cold season coming to Antigua Guatemala. Our Shelter provides a safe place for many people around Antigua. They work in the market carrying vegetables or selling small stuff. 

When day ends they have a warm place to sleep, to eat and rest. Maybe in many cases get home, eat and rest is a simple rutine every day. We contribute to reduce the number of people sleeping int the streets with the support of volunteers and companies but the resources are limited to do something more for them.

With the positive actitude the chambe comes. Some people have change their life with courage leave adictions. Drugs and Alcohol is a normal problem with them. In the past they received specific terapist for this problem but right now we dont count with this service.

Is incrideble how many consecuences are caused for adictions they have lost families, jobs and some cases they lost their live. We cant change the world or decide for them about what decisios are better, but we can improve the conditions of people giving a hand.

Every year the goverment in Guatemala announced the hard season for people on the streets with temperature until -15° grades celcius. In the past some people have died. We are worry about children under 5 years old without parents or older children who abandoned home for problems. 

The heart breaks when children are suffering. I mean is the same case with adults, but these kids many times did not have the chance to choose. This problem is ignored for people in the municipal market in Antigua Guatemala. All of them are focused on their own activities or rutine. Maybe some people want to help but they dont know how can do it. With the structure of our organization the chance can happens, adding volunteers with a BIG HEART they convert the country in a better place to live.

Thank you to participate in this beautiful program. Thank you to believe in this amazing cause.

GOD BLESS YOU

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Santa Madre Homeless Shelter

Mr. Bartolomé is from Sololá, Guatemala and is 60 years old.  He is currently staying every night at the Santa Madre Homeless Shelter in Antigua Guatemala. 

When he tells his story, he mentions that he grew up in a small family; it was only his parents and brother but they all were killed in the war that was taken place in that area about 40 years ago.  When he was 20 years old, he decided to run away towards the border in Mexico and start working as a farmer for many years.

After a few years later, he decided to come back to Guatemala, but to find a different place where he used to live, since everything brought to his mind memories about his family and it was really hard and sad for him.  For that reason, he decided to work and live in the street around the country.  He never had a wife or his own family, he even tells that there were different times when he wanted to suicide, but for some reasons he never did it.  

Currently, Mr. Bartolomé is getting old and sick and for that reason he is turning blind, which makes him feel sad, because he is not able to keep working as he used to do it, and his age is not helping as well to find a job.  He does not want to be a burden for anyone, however, for his age that’s something that he can help it.  Mr. Bartolomé is very grateful with the help received form Asociación Nuestros Ahijados, since he finally decided to stay in Antigua Guatemala but his strength and monetary resources are not enough to find a formal job and rent a place to live.

At the shelter, Mr. Bartolomé has a safe place to stay the night, a place where he can shower, food, clothes, medicine and can feel like he has a home.

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SANTA MADRE HOMELESS SHELTER

La Antigua Guatemala

Testimonial Story of

Leonel Americo Perez Barrios

  

My name is Americo, I was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. When I was very little I came to Guatemala, but I never had a safe place to live. My father was an alcoholic and he gave, both my brother and I a very sad life and sadly we had to take different ways; currently my brother is living in Houston, TX.

 

I have the memories that when we were together, we used to sleep in the streets, our place was very close to the rail roads and wasn’t a nice place to be. Without having a safe place to stay we felt cold and hunger; we didn’t have any money to spend on food, just seeing others eating and wishing that were us and feel the flavors of food. When we were thirsty, we only could drink water from the big metal buckets that were in public restrooms.

 

It was really hard for us, with no one to whom we could ask for help, God is great and there was a lady who gave me job, washing the glasses, because she sold orange juice in the street, earning just a few coins, but that was something for me and it helped me a lot to come out from my hunger.

 

Life has been tough for me, I was never able to establish in a house and have a home, but fortunately I traveled to Antigua Guatemala, looking for other kind of life, but without studies, finding a job is not an easy thing; so, I ended up living in the streets again. One day, I heard about the Santa Madre Homeless Shelter, and I decided that I wanted to go there a ask for help!

 

When I first came into the Shelter, I felt like home, or the home that I never had. Everyone there were friendly and welcoming. They offered me a safe place to sleep, I ate delicious food, and I felt like if I was with my family. I will never forget that moment! Since that day, I’ve been staying there and I’m very grateful with the staff members and people that give us a nice, clean and dignify place for the homeless, like me to stay.

 

I’ve been receiving a special care, since many years ago, I had an accident and lost motion in my legs, for that reason I’m in a wheelchair and it’s hard for me to move around; however, my family and friends at the Shelter are always taking care of me and helping in everything I need. I earn some money by washing cars in the streets or taking a look of them while they are parked in the streets, that’s the only way that I can work; but I have no idea where I would be without the support at the Santa Madre Homeless Shelter.

 

There, they changed my life and I’m sure that they had changed a lot of other lives. I’m grateful and blessed to be part of this program!

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Mrs. Imelda is originally from Pastores, a village located in the north area of Antigua. She has two children a boy of five and a girl of seven years old. Sixteen months ago, the lady came to Antigua without knowing what to do, she was living in the streets with her children, did not have a job, and the reason why she was living like that was because her husband left her and the house where she was living at was rented, she didn’t have the resources to keep paying for it and the owner asked her to leave the house.

Every night she had to look for a place to sleep, usually she was using one of the benches at the central square in Antigua or in the walking roads next to the park. In August the Procuraduría General de la Nación of Guatemala (Child support office) saw the lady living in the streets and they decided to take off the children and send them to a Governmental Shelter and the mother lost the right of having her children with her.

After that, the lady was very sad and was looking for help everywhere but no one could do something for her. When she heard about Santa Madre Homeless Shelter, a program of Nuestros Ahijados, she knew that she could be in a warm and safe place and came to us. However, after knowing her situation, immediately Mrs. Imelda was referred to the main offices of Asociación Nuestros Ahijados to start giving her the legal support to have her children back with her.

Indeed, after listening to her, she started to receive free legal support with the commitment that she had to find a place to live and to provide with health care and education to her children. We helped her to find a place to live and were able to contact a relative of her and she found a job, so when she was ready to start living by herself she could move.

The children were returned to the mother in the month of December of the year 2018, by which, Our Ahijados proceeded to enroll them in the Dreamer Center, to provide psychological help to both them and the mother, and currently, they will receive help from food of the Mothers Club, the services of the Atkinson Clinics, and will continue with the support of the Legal area for the continuity of the case.

The mother is very grateful for the help given to both her and the children, and they hope that their situation will continue to improve as at this moment, where the children can have a better living condition and an academic formation appropriate for them in a way free

Albergue Santa Madre is not a program that only dedicates itself to housing homeless people, but exhausting the resources of other programs of Our Ahijados to change the lives of people, the search for solutions, for people who for some reason, They have been left homeless and in difficulty.

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