Since 1987, Casa Guatemala has been helping change the lives of the children of Guatemala

All with help from generous people like you.

 

Casa Guatemala is a registered NGO and receives no government funding. We rely on funds from individuals and groups around the world to provide care for up to 300 children at our village and in the larger community. These children have been wards of the State, but the majority come from families from the surrounding Mayan villages who live in cases of extreme poverty who, without Casa Guatemala, would have no other access to education.

 
 

 
 

OUR Mission


Casa Guatemala seeks to provide a safe home, love and nurturing, proper health care, and an excellent education to the children of Guatemala who are abused, abandoned, malnourished, or living in extreme poverty.

 
 

 
 

our Vision


Casa Guatemala strives to equip the children in their care with the skills and education needed to become upstanding, empowered citizens in their community and to become fully self-sustained through the businesses that they run which provide financial support and meaningful job training for the older children.

 
 
 

Changing the educational landscape

Guiding children from pre-kindergarten through grade six.

 

In Guatemala only 30% of children finish elementary school. We're helping change that. Every year we help over 250 children from more than 25 communities progress through their early education. Our coursework focuses on language skills, math, health and hygiene classes, sustainable agriculture, and artistic activities.

But we also understand that the education for these children must not stop at grade six. That's why we work with other agencies and groups to secure scholarships and other opportunities for those children graduating from grade six. With our help, and the help of other NGOs like ours, we can give these children the skills and opportunities they need to help change the face of their communities.

 
 

 
 

Summer School


Casa Guatemala is excited to now offer summer school opportunities for our children. Previously, only 20 to 30 children had been under our care during the vacation months of November and December. Now that we are officially offering summer school programs, we have increased that number to more than 100. 

 

 
 

Caring for more than just children

Providing aid to an entire community.

 

Our medical clinic provides free health care for the children of Casa Gautemala and the surrounding communities. We seek to help solve the medical problems that, without proper care, can derail the lives of both children and adults. All the supplies and medications we use to help our community are acquired through donations.

 
 

 
 

Health care
 

Our clinic is staffed with trained volunteer nurses and doctors from around the world. Together they provide health care services that range from cuts and scrapes and common colds to rare tropical illnesses and chronic malnutrition. Thanks to a generous ongoing donation from our friends at Sharing the Dream, we are fortunate to have a full time local indigenous nurse assistant on staff to ensure we can offer our services year round.

 
 

 
 

health education
 

As important as health care is to Casa Guatemala and the surrounding community, health education is possibly even more crucial. Much of the medical knowledge that first world countries take for granted is unknown in countries like Guatemala. It's our mission to provide preventative health education that will ensure our community stays safe and healthy even after they leave our clinic.

 

 
 

Providing more than just food

Providing a nutritional foundation for the future.

 

We understand how important it is simply to have food on the table. But at Casa Guatemala, we don't stop there. We provide a nutritional education to our children and the wider community. Every child that we help educate can take that foundation back to their families and their communities, helping to spread nutritional education through all of Guatemala.

 
 

 
 

Malnutrition in Guatemala
 

Child malnutrition in Guatemala is a serious issue, and rural areas like Rio Dulce are hit especially hard. Guatemala has the third highest rate of stunting caused by chronic malnutrition in the world. In Guatemala, over a third of child deaths are caused by undernutrition. And children under two years old who are malnourished are at a higher risk for impaired cognitive development.

That's why the nutrition we provide at Casa Guatemala is so important. Every child we feed and educate will help change the future of Guatemala.

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An education, an opportunity, and a resource

Sustainable agriculture training with fresh produce and more.

 

Our farm is both a learning tool where our children gain the agricultural skills needed in the outside world and a sustainable source of produce we use to build a balanced diet.  In addition to the the wide variety of produce grown, we also raise pigs and other livestock, the surplus of which is sold in our store and restaurant to aid in the self-sufficiency of the project.

 

 
 

Helping young people find their way in the world

Casa Guatemala is just the first step in a long road to a brighter future.

 

In striving to best prepare our children for independent living and also to provide another source of income for our organization, Casa Guatemala has created various self-sufficiency projects. These include Hotel Backpackers and the Butcher Shop “Granja de los Ninos” in Rio Dulce.

Many of the children who have grown up with Casa Guatemala work in the businesses while continuing their studies or even after they are finished. For those who grew up with us as orphans, our businesses are always there to provide them with a job in the future and help them to gain the experience. Eventually, Casa Guatemala hopes to support ourselves entirely through these and other business initiatives as a self-sustained community.