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Causes: International

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.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Leslie103

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to volunteer at Casa Guatemala for 2 1/2 weeks in June 2016. It was an amazing experience! The staff are incredible, so dedicated and nurturing! The children at Casa Guatemala are such bright and happy kids and you can see the hope and potential in each and every one of them. Casa Guatemala is truly a most amazing and inspiring place!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a magical place! In the middle of the jungle, Casa Guatemala is a safe village for children to grow up healthy and to find an education. Volunteering with them changed my life and linked my heart to the lives of these wonderful kids. I am glad when I hear about their successes and I keep supporting them in every way I can. If you still don't know Casa Guatemala or if you have never donated to their cause, what are you waiting for?
Maria Jose Dominguez

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Casa Guatemala is a place with a heart. The biggest heart I have discovered while travelling around the world. Once I volunteered there, I kept going back. There is nothing better than seeing these kids smile.

Blanca3

Board Member

Rating: 5

My daughter found out about Casa Guatemala in a magazine at Alberta Motors Association in Edmonton Alberta Canada. She fell in love with the idea of volunteering,she went and said..that she found out what her purpose in life was. She applied to the faculty of pharmacy and she was accepted. She is going back in November 2016. A sustainable organization lead but an amazing executive director and all her staff volunteers and donors!!! Thank you.

Carly15

Donor

Rating: 5

We love casa Guatemala. A place filled with celebration, consistency and always hope.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Friends of Guatemalan Children provide 100% of the funds collected to support programs in education, nutrition, and healthcare to some of the most vulnerable children in Guatemala. I have been involved with the organization for 15 years and have seen first hand the impact their support makes on the lives of the children at Casa Guatemala!

2 Monique15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.