2008 Childvision World of Hope Gala Project Beneficiary: Casa Guatemala!
Casa Guatemala, located on the Rio Dulce in eastern Guatemala, is a home and village that provides nurturing, health, education, and skills training for over 250 orphaned, abandoned, and abused children. Approximately 50% of the children served are orphans. Casa Guatemala provides education through 6th grade, and, as funds are available, further education for those children who wish to continue. Casa Guatemala also operates enterprises such as farming, raising animals, and a hotel that generate income for their village and provide job skills training for the older children. This inspiring organization receives no government support, thus is solely dependent upon generous donors around the world. Check out their website to learn more!
Childvision CEO / FTIA Executive Director Keith Wallace, and 2008 Childvision World of Hope Gala Co-Chair Lenore Schmitz, traveled to Guatemala, personally visiting Casa Guatemala. After our preliminary research and Keith and Lenore’s on-site experience, we are truly enthused to have found an organization whose mission is so similar to Childvision’s.
UPDATE: We are working with Casa Guatemala on an infrastructure project that benefits all the children living at the village. In addition, the Gala raised several thousands of dollars to fund specific needs at Casa Guatemala, including purchasing washers and dryers, paying of teachers salaries, etc. Depending on the level of funds needed for Casa Guatemala, we may also commit to some amount of support for another organization in Guatemala as well. To date, Childvision raised over $95,000 Casa Guatemala.
Please check in with us, we will provide updated information about our support of Casa Guatemala. We hope you are as excited as we are about reaching out to the children of Casa Guatemala!