Silver was born into a poor family in Guatemala City. His father was a seasonal agriculture worker and more often than not he struggled to feed his family of five. The search for employment eventually led the family to the northern Guatemalan province of Peten.
But only six months after leaving everything behind in search of a better life, two year old Silver’s world was turned upside down. Two men entered the family’s farmhouse late one night, machetes drawn and full of senseless rage. They killed his father on the spot, slit his mother’s throat, and chopped two fingers off his eleven year old sister’s right hand. Tiny Silver was quiet as the men entered the house, but they turned and wielded their machetes on him anyway, striking the baby in the face and taking out his left eye.
With ongoing support from the GOD´S CHILD Project the children went to live with their grandmother and at three years old Silver received a critical surgery and a prosthetic eye. Today, the baby who survived this horrific tragedy is twelve years old. Unfortunately, he has outgrown the surgery performed on him nearly ten years ago and everyday runs the risk of a deadly infection that could manifest in his droopy eyelid. Silver has grown up in the GOD´S CHILD Project and with generous support from donor´s like you we will be able to continue supporting him and get the surgery he needs in January 2013.
This past year he frequently missed school because he was sick and often did not want to go for fear of being bullied. Silver wants to continue his studies and this operation will give Silver the confidence he needs to excel in school and to continue moving forward in the wake of such a tragic childhood.
With YOUR donation Silver will receive the surgery he needs and will be able to begin grade seven at Centro Scheel in January. Become a recurring donor in December and Global Giving will MATCH your donation - going even further to making Silver´s dream a reality. This month YOU could make a difference in the life of a young boy – the time to act is NOW.
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La Antigua Guatemala,