Friends Of Guatemalan Children Inc

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 3607 Helms Ave Culver City 90232 Guatemala

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

To call the experience of volunteering at Casa Guatemala "life changing" would be to understate the significance of this experience. For me and many other volunteers, life at Casa Guatemala has been a source of inspiration. The challenges, the trials, the triumphs and hardships are all part of a big lesson on life, humanity, and hope. Moving to another country, living and working with a group of people for something larger than ourselves...this is not something that most people experience in their lives.

For six months, from August 2013 to February 2014, I lived and worked at Casa Guatemala as an "orientador" - a counselor/caretaker. I was assigned to the small boys, whose ages range from 4 to 9 years old. There were 24 boys in my group. Sometimes there were as many as 4 volunteers for the small boys; other times as few as 2 volunteers. Each day, when the kids are not in school, they are in the care of the volunteers. We get them up in the morning and get them showered. We get them to breakfast and then to school. We watch over them during their free time after lunch and again when school is out in the afternoon. We take them to dinner and put them to bed. We plan activities for them during the weekends. Over the course of 6 months, you get to know the kids extremely well and they get to know you. You are the role model, the parental figure, the one they turn to when they need something. It is an enormous responsibility and a monumental challenge but each day you see you the direct effect that your efforts have. Each day you can see the cause that you are working for and each day you find yourself surrounded by both the natural beauty of the Rio Dulce region of Guatemala and the warmth of the people around you, both the indigenous community native to the region and the volunteers you work and live with. Life can be challenging at times; there is no electricity in the volunteer house and there is no hot water, either. But if you can learn to live without modern comforts, you will find yourself inspired by this place and the people in it. I was certainly inspired by my time there and I now plan to return for 8 months more.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to volunteer twice with Casa Guatemala in the last year and a half. The organization and staff work continuously to provide care and education to children who are in dire need. In many cases, attending the school is the children's only shot at an education and a brighter future for them and their family. I can not think of a more worthy cause to donate time, money and donations to.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

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, medical care, education and a healthy environment to 250 children in Guatemala who have been faced with abandonment, abuse, neglect or extreme poverty. 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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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