I first visited Casa Guatemala 18 years ago on a small ship. I've watched their evolution over the years. They're a stable project that provides much needed educational and medical services to the children of impoverished Mayan villages in the jungle communities of the Izbal region of Guatemala. I've supported them since that first visit almost two decades ago.
I've visited Casa Guatemala twice over the last eight years. I happened upon it by chance when the small ship I was sailing on from Panama to Belize stopped for an afternoon to drop off a propane refrigerator and a lot of food. I asked my fellow passengers for donations for the orphanage and we all pitched in with cash. Since that time I've kept up with the orphanage via the internet and made many donations during emergencies, such as the bats in the girls' dormitory problem. I returned for a visit with my adult daughter at Christmas in 2007. We took 150 lbs. of river sandals and children's underwear. Then we went to Fronteras and bought gallons of shampoo and big bags of fruit for the children. This past year I've supported one of the older girls that we met during our 2007 trip. She goes to secondary school in Fronteras. I love that particular program. The conditions at the orphanage are so primitive and all donations are greatly appreciated and put to use. This is a "no frills" orphanage that serves hundreds of the most impoverished children in Guatemala. Hopefully I'm going to be able to return for another visit next spring.
We love casa Guatemala. A place filled with celebration, consistency and always hope.
I visited Casa Guatemala for the day and was gobsmacked by the amount of good work they do. The location is enormous along with the passion and hearts of the people involved. After that one visit, seeing all the fantastic work they do, I became a regular donor straight away, you should too!
I have never seen such an amazing organization as Casa Guatemala. They have created a children's village where neglected, orphaned and abused children can get meals, education and most of all, love. They are the model for other agencies to follow.