I am a CPA and I help Seeds of Love with their bookkeeping and I prepare their annual tax return (990).
Seeds of Love is hard to explain in one paragraph but to understand Seeds of Love you must understand Nancy's passionate commitment to the Children of Semillas de Amor, which Seeds of Love supports.
Nancy has committed her LIFE to raising these 24 children and she leads the organization from the heart! Her passion and compassion for these children is inspiring. She is not only saving these children with the help of donors, she is raising these children to become exemplary young people who are growing up having not just have survived and escaped poverty but are who are thriving, successful members of society.
Please help her raise these children! This organization is truly amazing!
We have been doing volunteer support in Guatemala since 2007. In 2008 we, sort of, randomly were led to Nancy Bailey and her outstanding work and life at Semilles de Amor Childrens Home. Nancy always welcomes persons who can partner with her in creating a better life and environment for the kids she is caring for while they wait and wait and wait for their families to be able to take them home. She has created a family for them at their home and they thrive under her care and attention. Our work has primarily been contruction and building/maintensance type of work. We always get to know the kids and our volunteers are forever changed by the wonderful little personalities Nancy has nurtured. Our volunteers always want to return to the work there and that says a lot!
Yo conocí a los niños de Semillas de Amor en diciembre de 2,009, me llegaron tanto al corazón que unos meses después decidimos visitarlos en su hogar junto con mi esposo y nuestro pequeño hijo. Quedamos maravillados con las instalaciones del hogar, tan bien adaptadas a las necesidades de los niños, el trato del personal hacia con ellos es muy hermoso, como una gran familia, tanto asi que nuestro pequeño ya no quería regresar con nosotros y se queria quedar alli con sus amiguitos. A todos nos gusta mucho pasar tiempo con ellos, es muy satisfactorio ver en este tiempo lo que han crecido, lo que han aprendido. En el hogar se nota la dedicación por poder darles todo lo necesario, la educación básica asi como inglés, música, natación, computación y todo lo que se pueda para que ellos crezcan siendo personas de bien. Semillas de Amor es una bendición para estos niños y un gran ejemplo para el Gobierno de cómo deberían de ser todos los hogares en Guatemala. Nos enorgullese ser parte de esta gran familia, cuando los pequeñitos me dicen Mamá Genia, se me estalla el corazón de amor y alegría.
Where do I start? Our connection with Semillas de Amor began over 13 years ago with the adoption of our son and a year later, our daughter. We chose to work with Nancy Bailey and Semillas de Amor because we understood the need for great foster care prior to our children coming to their new home in the United States. We wanted a home that provided proper nutrition, good medical care and lots of love! Our children came home very healthy and we are so thankful for that. As adoption law changed in Guatemala, it became clear that for some of the children, Semillas de Amor would become a permanent home. The home is providing a wonderful education for the kids, including art, music, pe as well as traditional classes! I have visited twice in 2012 and I found the kids happy and well adjusted! What a blessing Seeds of Love is to the kids! They have the opportunity to live in a loving home, earn an education and make plans for the future! Their bond might not be a traditional family, but it's family, just the same! Reminds me of a quote I love "Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one." – Jane Howard
Semilles de Amor came into my life four years ago. I was lucky enough to travel with a group to help build fences and paint the new home built for 30 some amazing children. I was struck by the dedication of Mama Nancy and the staff to the children. I was most impressed with the foresight of Nancy to put together a learning environment for the children. Once I went there I fell in love with the children and have traveled back two more times with adult groups to build playsets, fences, arbors, yard lights and anything else needed for the home to be successful. What an amazing group of adults that care for, teach and instill values and manners in the children. Parents that adopt these children will be blessed with a forever family. I think about Semilles de Amor every day and look forward to my next trip there.
I came to know Semillas De Amor several years ago. I have visited two times and volunteered. I helped feed children, train their dogs and play with the children. The children are open, loving and live a very good life with art lessons, horseback riding lessons, music lessons, and swimming lessons. They go to school on the premises, go on field trips and have many opportunities for self growth. I enjoyed playing soccer with the kids and reading books to them. Their meals looked delicious and the kids seemed to enjoy them as well. Their home is spacious, well organized and very clean! Their garden is spectacular! They have several avacado tress and the children enjoy picking them. They have chickens for fresh eggs too. I was very impressed with the overall efficiency of how the children's home was ran.
I've known the children of "Semillas de Amor" for many years. They are truly special little creatures. They are unique and have something to offer the world in their own individual way. I love what "Semillas de Amor" is doing and I believe it is an AWESOME place! What I have learned from the children, staff, and country. Is something that I shall never forget and never wish to forget.
I have the most wonderful granddaughter who began her life at Semillas de Amor. As a way of giving back, I travelled to Guatemala and volunteered at the school for one month. It was a life changing experience. The children living there have so much love and opportunity. Of course, a loving home with parents is the ultimate goal, but they are truly blessed to be in such a wonderful place, for now. I adore these kids and cannot wait to go back. They are so smart, so inquisitive, so responsive to everything that broadens their thinking and skills. Environment is such an important factor in a child's development and Semillas de Amor has a very special founder and staff that provides a beautiful life. These children are going to go far and make a substantial contribution to our world.