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Friends of Guatemalan Children Inc

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3607 Helms Ave Culver City CA 90232 USA

Mission:

Friends of Guatemalan Children's (FOGC) mission is to promote the health of Guatemalan children by providing financial assistance to organizations and establishments that provide nutritional and medical assistance to those children and to relieve the distress of orphaned and abandoned Guatemalan Children through provision of food, medical care, adoption assistance and similar activities.

Results:

FOGC provide financial, administrative and logistical support to Casa Guatemala and have done so for almost 30 years. We have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for grants for CG; assisted with the coordination of volunteers, schools, social clubs and church groups visiting; arranged for large shipments of supplies for the orphanage, school and clinic; and helped to organize trips of medical teams who have provided cleft lip and palate operations and other important surgeries to thousands of Guatemala's poorest people.

Target demographics:

vulnerable, impoverished and orphaned children

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 500 children with our education, nutrition and healthcare programs at Casa Guatemala: 235 in our primary school alone and approximately 265 children aged 0-6 in our clinic from the local Mayan communities

Geographic areas served:

Guatemala

Programs:

Primary Education, Shelter, Nutrition, Healthcare, and Sustainable Agriculture. FOGC is entirely run by volunteers so that all donations can go directly to support the children in need in Guatemala. Our main beneficiary is the Casa Guatemala school and orphanage (http://www.casa-guatemala.org). Casa Guatemala provides a safe home, hot meals, medical care, education and a healthy environment to up to 250 children in Guatemala who have been faced with abandonment, abuse, neglect or extreme poverty.

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1 person found this review helpful

I was in Casa Guatemala in 1993 for the first time. It was very good to see the good care the children receive. It was very rewarding to be a part of this as a volunteer. We came back years layer to help rebuild the many destroyed house after a great earthquake and again it was so good to see the efforts that were taken to give the children and the staff a save place again. Love to go back one day...

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I volunteered here for 8 months around 6 years ago now. I loved every minute of my time there and I'm still involved in supporting the charity from Ireland. I would highly recommend this charity to anyone interested in volunteering or donating to a good cause.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I volunteered at Casa Guatemala from 08/2005-07/2006. Casa Guatemala is a magical place. I thought English, pe and music at the project and worked some time with the younger boys (verones pequenos). I can totally recommend the project. Meeting the kids, the local stuff and the volunteers from all over the world changed my life.
Un beso grande! David

 
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I volunteered at Casa Guatemala May of 2013. I went by myself from Canada without knowing anyone I would meet along the way. The experience was amazing: the other volunteers became great friends, the kids were cheerful and full of energy. I taught a few English classes and a few gym classes but I learned so much myself! The hostel associated with it was so accommodating and flexible as well. I will be going back in the future!

 
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Casa Guatemala is a magical place. It provides hope & love to young children who otherwise would continue the vicious cycle of poverty. That is in addition to basic necessities that many Westerners take for granted: shelter, food to nourish, medical care, & education. The staff, teachers, & long term volunteers overseen by Heather dedicate long hours enriching the children at the orphanage. They are building a foundation as the children grow into young adults & enhancing the community by nourishing them in many aspects. It was gift to visit the orphanage this summer.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

We film short documentaries of some of the most inspiring charities and not-for-profits in the world. In our time in Latin America several people mentioned Casa Guatemala to us, luckily we were able to arrange it as this is a very special project.

Casa Guatemala is extremely well run and clearly has an important role in the communities it looks after for education, nutrition and medical. We followed the story of a young man who was brought here as an orphaned toddler and is now completing his doctorate.
We would highly recommend Casa Guatemala as a place to give generously of your time and/or money. A fantastic project!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I visited Casa Guatemala at Christmas, 2014. I was impressed and touched by the care these children receive. There seems to be minimal administrative issues, as Heather lives on site and is happy with sharing the same standard of living as the children.

I've never been more touched by any humanitarian project. They deserve to be your #1 charity.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks Jeff! I actually live in town since I work mostly on the computer and need electricity and internet connection but all of our wonderful volunteers and teachers live onsite and we are incredibly grateful for all their hard work!

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3 people found this review helpful

I visited Casa Gautemala for a day earlier this year whilst travelling. I was absolutely amazed at the good work they do and how happy the children they care for are: these children would otherwise fall through the gaps with no education and some rely on the foundation for food and housing- all of which is funded by donations and volunteering. I was so touched by my experience there that I am looking into volunteering there next year to help such a wonderful organisation.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I will remember my volunteer experience at Casa Guatemala forever. Such an important place within a community that needs it. The staff and children are such remarkable people and I hope to continue to do my part in helping them all.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

The mission of this non-profit is clearly to help enrich the lives of the children and make a positive impact on their lives. I will be volunteering again soon because the first time was such an amazing experience and I am proud to be a part of this organization!

 
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