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Seeds of Love

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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Our goal is to raise and educate thoughtful and compassionate future leaders who have excellent critical thinking skills and a commitment to social justice and civic responsibility. At Semillas de Amor our focus is on character building and academic excellence in a creative, safe and nurturing environment.

Target demographics: Extremely poor children who do not have the benefit of family to provide them with a safe place to live, food to eat or an education.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25 children

Geographic areas served: Guatemala

Programs: We are a children's home and school. Our programs include education, art, music and sports.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Love this place! They do such fantastic things for the kids and give them the best possible life with what they have.

Jeannine P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Semillas de Amor a/k/a Seeds of Love is an amazing organization. Nancy and her staff create a wonderful nurturing environment that allows children to grow and reach their potential. Having worked in child welfare services and with other children's homes overseas, I am amazed at the quality of care that is offered here. I am so thankful for that quality of care everytime I look at my son, who spent his first 3 years at Semillas de Amor.

Donor

Rating: 5

Semillas de Amor, Seeds of Love, is an impressive and hardworking organization. I am a director of a not for profit that works on behalf of at-risk chilfren living in Guatemala by advocating and facilitating donations for operations such as Seeds of Love. Seeds of Love is one my most proudest associations. My personal observations of the Director, Nancy Bailey, is that she is one of the most capable, strongest women I have had the honor of meeting. Her vision of creating a loving and safe environment for children in need of families has been and continues to be executed in a smart and functional way. The Seeds of Love Village is complete with education, self sustaining gardens and community integration just to point out a few highlights. There is nothing institutional about this institution.

As a donor to her cause I am impressed with her ability to turn $1.00 into $5 or maybe even $10, or in this case Q100.

Donors can trust their funds are being utilized in an honost, efficient and useful way.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Seeds of Love is an amazing home for children in Guatemala. It is located in such a beautiful and serene environment. What struck me most was how calm and happy the children were on our visit. Some of them were eager to show us around their beautiful home. Each child was recognized individually and had there own things in there own space. In this home you will find what you may find in a home in the United States. There are numerous educational tools to enhance learning. They have created a system in which the children are encouraged and embraced to express their feelings and be heard. They have living areas that are neat and orderly as well as rooms for entertainment with games and movies. This home was truly that... a HOME. A home filled with love, structure, respect and everything else one would want to see in a family. I admire Nancy Bailey and her commitment to every one of these children and it is apparent she loves them as her own.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional in the adoption field and someone who visited many different children's homes in Guatemala, I believe that Semillas de Amor is a wonderful place for children. Nancy Bailey has been a strong voice of support for the rights of Guatemalan children for many years, and she has a clear understanding of adoption and childrearing in the Guatemalan culture. She has protected so many children by giving them shelter, love, a sense of family, educational opportunities, and the possibility of a brighter future. There was no one that I met in Guatemala in any of the children's homes who was providing the same high standard of care that Nancy Bailey gives to the children of Semillas de Amor. I was astounded at the experiences she was creating for all of the children in: music, art, horseback riding, drama, therapy, and general academics. Semillas de Amor is a welcoming, lean, organized, well-run, nurturing place for children, and I will admire Nancy Bailey and her strength of character forever.

Pamela33

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were able to bring home a wonderful little girl, almost eight years ago. She was very well taken care of and loved. Nancy made sure that our daughter was prepared for her new life by offering schooling, fun and manners.
We were able to visit several times before we were able to bring her home and saw her playing, in school, singing and doing wonderful activities.We saw some very unhealthy children going back to the states and that was very sad. It made quite an impression on us . We were so happy to know that our daughter was very well taken care of and happy. We were never worried when we left.
We are very greatful to Nancy and all of the staff for allowing us to bring home a happy, healthy and wonderful little girl.
The staff really cares about the children and their environment. They are clean and have wonderful manners.
I can not say enough about this organization. It brought us together with a wonderful daughter and the now 12 year old is a joy.
I would call semillas a safe harbor for the lucky children that live there. The staff really cares and it shows. It was a pleasure to visit and to be able to play with the eager kids.
We continue to support semillas and the work that they do. It is even more important now that they are supported because of what is going on in Guatemala.
My family is one of the lucky ones. We were truly blessed to have this experience.

Beancounters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited Semillas de Amor with a friend of mine, whose children lived at Semillas many years ago. The home was beautiful, warm and welcoming. The staff did not mind that we visited each of the classrooms, and allowed us to take photos and to do a frame project with the children. The children were all involved in educational activities or lessons. They were obviously very happy, healthy, well adjusted and loved!

Sarah110

Donor

Rating: 5

I know the Director of this charity personally. She has built a safe place for the children through great personal sacrifice. The needs of the children are always first and foremost. Here they can spread their wings and grow into healthy, productive adults.

Laura113

Donor

Rating: 5

My Husband and I have been long time donors to Seeds of Love and have been to Semillas de Amor at least 7 times. This is truely a place that started with the love from its' Founder Nancy Bailey's heart, and that love has brought little tiny newborns into healthy and educated children. May they continue, with help from people like us and one day use what they have been given to make the world a better place. Without Seeds of Love they would most likely have faced a life of poverty, stress or possibly not have survived at all. Keep growing kids ! Thank you Nancy and Staff , Laura Linna

Kathy96

Donor

Rating: 5

Seeds of Love is a model operation that provides a place for Guatemalan children at risk to thrive and grow. Over the past 10 years, I have witnessed many children develop in to happy, healthy, productive, and loving citizens of the world. These children have a keen understanding and appreciation of their community, their country, and the world. Further, and most importantly, the children believe they are loved, are worthy, and belong. They have hope.

Seeds of Love provides this outstanding, nurturing environment and has a proven record of positive outcomes for children who may otherwise be lost to homelessness, poverty, malnutrition, and violence. Seeds of Love's staff, programs, and facility need your support to continue this much needed effort. Your generous donation can and will make a difference.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Seeds of Love have been planted over and over again at Semillas de Amor. Every child there is deemed a gift and every child there has an advocate they deserve with the director, Nancy Bailey. Each child deserves a future full of hope, and Semillas strives to offer them that future by giving them love, family, and an education. I have been most impressed by the level of care and opportunities the children receive which reflects their importance to the staff, board, and director. Every child matters at Semillas de Amor!

Kerry9

Donor

Rating: 5

You can not find a worthier cause than Seeds of Love. In a country where there are virtually no resources for the orphaned children, they provide not only exceptional care but educational and support but unconditional love for each and every child. Nancy Bailey has dedicated her heart and soul to the children of Guatemala and often times is their only advocate in a system that is sadly broken. I have been a donor, volunteer, cheerleader, etc. for Seeds of Love for over 10 years and continue to be amazed at Nancy's devotion and enthusiasm even in the face of impossible odds.

Kathy77

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted our daughter from Seeds of Love. Nancy Bailey and her staff took wonderful care of her during what turned out to be an extended adoption process (we got caught in the 2007 adoption shut-down). I lived in Guatemala during our adoption and was at the children's home daily. I saw firsthand the excellent care and dedication shown to the children. Ms. Bailey considers the children under her care to be her family. In addition to great physical care, the children are being raised with love, loyalty, and high expectations for their future. We have stayed in touch with the Seeds of love community and we support their continuing mission.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my daughter from Semillas in 2001. It was funny because one of the reason I had chosen Guatemala was because of the reputation of their foster care system. It just turned out the agency I was working with, worked with Nancy and Semillas. I had nothing but positive experiences. I visited when my daughter was 6 weeks old and returned to bring her home at 4 months. She came home healthy and well adjusted with none of the bonding problems that are often associated with "institutionalized" care. I tribute this to the exacting standards that Nancy imposes for the care of the children. I always found Semillas to be clean, organized and cheerful. The older children were charming and the babies were clearly cared for with love and attention to the details rarely found in international adoptions. Because of my experiences, my friend and her husband decided to pursue and adoption from Semillas as well and sought out and agency that was working with Nancy. it's been a blessing to know these kids were loved and cared for and nurtured. I couldn't have asked for a better adoption experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Seeds of Love since 2005. I have adopted two children from the Children's Home and have developed personal relationships with each of the Home's permanent residents. The amazing love, creativity and dedication that Nancy and her staff put into their work makes all the difference, everyday, for those precious young lives. At Seeds of Love they have a chance, against harrowing odds, to a healthy, happy and fullfilling childhood - not to mention the potential they have to become the kind of adults that change the world for the better. Seeds of Love is a unique organization, with a huge impact impact on these kids, Guatemala and the possibilities of a bright future!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Seeds of Love provides life changing opportunities for a small, but special group of children in Guatemala through the teaching of values like honestly, respect, and self-advocacy. This is a fantastic grassroots program that truly is changing lives at the most basic, profound level.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Tracey5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Seeds of Love is such a perfect name for this organization because they actually grew my family into one. Through these walls, I was able to find my daughters. And most importantly, there they grew, nutured with love and kindness until I could bring them home. Today, International Adoption is no loger available to orphaned children in Guatemala. And without the ability to substain themselves, private childrens homes have all but disappeared. Sadly, what remains are state facilities which have well surpassed their ability to properly support and provide for the children they house. Yet thankfully, through the hard work and selfless dedication of Nancy Bailey, Semillas De Amor has continued to not just maintain in this environment but flourish. In a world where orphans don't seem to matter, Nancy and her team have created a beautiful home where children are the focus, love is the guiding principle, education is paramount, and fun is everywhere. Without the ability to be adopted and become apart of a family, Nancy has created one, and these children will grow up with the hope of a future and the ability to make a difference. And all the children whom were adopted through Semillas De Amor can be proud of their beginnings and a sense of honor to have been one Mama Nancy's seeds.