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

Don Juan Orellana, 81 years old, and his wife Doña Concepción de Orellana, 75 years old, are from San Andrés Itzapa, Chimaltenango. They work as farmers on a farm in San Bartolomé Becerra, Antigua Guatemala.

For a year, they have used the Santa Madre Homeless Shelter, because they do not have a stable place to live. Unfortunately, the eldest son evicted them from the house, claiming that they were a burden to him and that they were a hindrance to his "ideal of life", so he made the decision to throw them out and abandon them to their fate.

From that event, the couple was asking for an inn in different places and sleeping on many occasions in the streets; due to the age they have, they did not get any work opportunity with which they could cover their basic needs, or at least they had to pay some income; It is worth mentioning that they do not have other relatives with whom they could support or receive any kind of help.

Santa Madre Homeless Shelter, has welcomed you and given help since 2017, especially since they told the events that took them to this point. Currently, it is only known that the son sold the property and his whereabouts are unknown.

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Santa Madre Homeless Shelter has been serving the community for more than 10 years.  The main mission is to provide a safe and secure roof for girls, boys, single mothers and homeless people, so they can have a place to stay the night; as well as giving food, clothes, health care, psychological aid  and other services.

 

Some of the people at the Santa Madre Homeless Shelter, have problems with drugs or alcohol, due to this problems we had trained our staff to help them and guide those people to integrate them into society.

 

As part of the community services, we also provide a safe roof to the National Police Officer, and Army Soldiers, students from other departments and is ready to work as a Shelter for victims of Natural Disasters, as the Volcano Eruption in June 3rd, 2018.

 

Around 2:00 pm the Fuego Volcano erupted and a lot of families were trapped and buried in the lava.  Some of them were able to escape but the majority lost their belongings.  Immediately, that day Asociación Nuestros Ahijados de Guatemala, ONG; enable the Homeless Shelter to receive 75 people that didn’t have where to stay, without food and were very emotionally affected.  

 

Currently, the Santa Madre Homeless Shelter is providing a decent living to 63 people and it’s because the support of Guatemalan and International Volunteers that their needs are covered.  They are living in a dignify place; we are providing psychological aid every day; children are attending school in Asociación Nuestros Ahijados and parents are receiving formation through different kind of workshops.

 

Our mission is to find a land for those families and help them with a home building.  Also, to provide the necessary tools so they can start with a new life and to overcome from this natural disaster.  The families are very thankful for all the support received from Santa Madre Homeless Shelter; they know that without this help they have no idea of where they could be living in this moment.

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Mrs. María is originally from Chichicastenango, she used to live with her husband and her son. Unfortunately, they died instantly in a traffic accident when a truck impacted the vehicle in which both were driving.  This was not only an irreparable emotional impact for Mrs. María as she had lost her complete family; if not that part of his life itself had been lost.

As a result of this situation, the lady decided to sell all her belongings, and decided to drinking alcohol, which she had as a result of pain and despair for many years; this took her to live on the street and was hopeless.

Mrs. María arrived one day in Antigua Guatemala in order to get away from the memories and the pain she felt, and had as objective, to find some work or some economic activity that would help her to subsist, but she had the problem of addiction to alcohol. One day, she heard from Albergue Santa Madre, a program of Nuestros Ahijados, where she was sheltered and received, she was referred to a Center for the rehabilitation of people with alcoholism problems, where she was rehabilitated and now she is dedicated to work as a housemaid in different homes or selling tortillas.

Despite the family and material loss that this woman has suffered, she has not only rehabilitated herself from her alcoholism, but also has the desire to live and fight for her daily life.

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The man is originally from Huehuetenango, is 69 years old, had two children who died in criminal acts and his wife died of a disease many years ago.

Due to these circumstances, the man decided that he no longer had any reason to continue fighting for life, suffering from severe depression and adopting the vice of alcohol. This problem caused him the loss of all his material goods, he decided to sell everything he had and spent it into intoxicating drinks.

When he had finally lost everything, he slept on the street, without work, family, or a home to be in; He spent many years of his life in these circumstances, until at a certain time, a person had told him that there was a shelter that gave people inn at night and gave them food and blankets so they do not sleep on the street.

After a time that he was spending nights sleeping in the Shelter, he received talks from the staff of ANA, so that he could raise his self-esteem and could somehow leave the vice of alcohol. Due to the seriousness of the vice in him, some days he was sober and was caring bags at the market to earn some money.

Juan currently continues to receive verbal therapies and in some cases the psychology department helps him in topics such as his self-esteem as the problem of alcoholism, and he has been referred to a program outside Asociación Nuestros Ahijados that is AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). He has also been provided with clothes and shoes since his clothes are often in poor condition.

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The girl is 18 years old. She was originally from San Lorenzo el Cubo Ciudad Vieja. She comes from a totally dysfunctional family, the Father is an alcoholic, the mother is a prostitute, and she is also an alcoholic and drug addict. She and her brothers stayed out of the house, without food or hope in their home; one day, they heard from a place that served food to homeless people, so they went in search of it, finding the shelter Santa Madre of Asociación Nuestros Ahijados, where, for some years, this family has been given shelter and food. The young woman was the smallest of the family, they have left the house and continued in different places their own life and family, while Dominga, is a single mother of a child.

This year, the lady has been told the consequences of alcoholism and drug addiction and has been reminded how much she and her brothers suffered in the street, and if she wanted to make the same decisions as her mother; now she is dedicated to work doing domestic duties or being a sales clerk in the market. Now, she is also provided with help at the Mothers Club, so she can have food and help herself for a few days. She has stopped living with her parents and rents a small room by her means, with which she lives with her little child, when she does not have dinner, she attends the Shelter, and she and the little boy are helped with clothes and shoes in the project.

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