GUATEMALA

While international adoption is currently closed in Guatemala, that in no way means that the need has dissipated. There are currently over 500,000 orphans in Guatemala and one child is abandoned in Guatemala City every 4 days. Vulnerable families are especially in need of our support. Lacking support, safe work, or daycare services, many families in Guatemala struggle to provide adequate care for their children. This gap in support leaves over 50% of children under the age of 5 chronically malnourished.

HOW WE’RE INTERVENING FOR ORPHANS IN GUATEMALA

Since AGCI began working in Guatemala in 2001, 1,400 orphans have received elevated care through our Hannah’s Hope home and partner homes. Prior to the closure of international adoption in Guatemala, 514 children were united with their forever families through AGCI’s adoption program. Following the closure, we shifted our focus to serving children and families through family preservation efforts.

Through Education Sponsorship and our partnership with a local ministry, over 3,500 women and children have received counseling and economic support through AGCI’s community development programs.

RECENT NEWS

Our team is currently in the process of adding additional kids in need of sponsorship to our website. Check back soon and meet these sweet kids!

WE INTERVENE IN 1 WAY
PREVENT
Keeping Families Together

Additionally, we support vulnerable families through Education Sponsorship, which provides much-needed funds for school fees, lunches, and uniforms. All of the children in our Guatemala Education Sponsorship program reside in La Limonada—one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in Guatemala City. La Limonada is notorious for gang violence, poor access to education, running water, and electricity.

Many families and children in La Limonada work as scavengers in the city dump in order to simply survive. For $35 a month, you can help sponsor a child’s education and ensure that a vulnerable child in Guatemala attends school, receives regular meals to fuel their studies, and remains within their family’s care!

STORIES

Love Is…

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be . . .

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The World’s Orphan Crisis

There are 8 million orphans living in institutions today. Tragically, most children living in institutions will grow up without ever knowing the love of a family. Due to deeply rooted systematic problems such as lack of access to education, corruption, poverty, and misguided policies, children are kept out of the arms of loving families. In . . .

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You Have the Power to Change A Child’s Life Forever

What does it mean to be a hero? At AGCI, we believe that everyone has the ability to be a hero for a child in need—and it starts with Sponsorship! By sponsoring a child’s care or education for just $40 a month, you can help change the world for a vulnerable child. At AGCI, there . . .

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How We Work: Policy

AGCI is dedicated to changing the reality of the orphan crisis. One of the ways we’re intervening for the 8 million orphans living in institutions is by creating Policy to change broken systems for orphans and create clear paths to family and independence. AGCI’s Policy work creates real, lasting change for orphans by: Empowering leaders—Through . . .

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How We’re Intervening For the 8 Million

There are currently 8 million orphans living in institutions around the world. For AGCI, the current state of the orphan crisis is alarming and unacceptable.  We’re working to change lives through 5 proven initiatives.   Policy to change broken systems for orphans and create clear paths to family and independence. AGCI creates real, lasting change for . . .

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Forever Hopeful: Irma’s Journey

My name is Irma and this is my story. When I was 9, my two younger sisters and I were living with our aunt. She didn’t take very good care of us. I didn’t know where our parents were; all I knew was that I needed to help my sisters. I remember the day that everything . . .

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15-year-old Paula is in the 10th grade and is dedicated to finishing school and creating a new life for herself! Paula lives with her mom and two older brothers in La Limonada, one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in Guatemala City. Paula loves studying English and her dream is to attend university so she can help her family escape poverty. AGCI staff were in Guatemala and able to tell Paula in person that people came forward to sponsor her education.  It took a little while for this to really sink in, but once it did, tears of gratitude streamed down Paula’s face!