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.