San Lucas, Guatemala
Current phase of support:
50 Double Orphans
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Guatemala is the largest and most populous Latin America country.
24.5 SQ. MILE 21,455 POP.
It also has one of the highest crime rates in the world. Because of fierce drug wars, crimes such as murder, burglary, kidnappings, and rape plague the population of Guatemala. The poverty level is also considerably high in Guatemala. Because impoverished and broken homes abound, children sometimes find themselves abandoned, forced into child labor or victims of neglect and abuse.
Casa Shalom offers a place of peace.
Casa Shalom is in a rural village a few miles outside of San Lucas, Guatemala. The orphanage takes in children from all over the country and is truly a place of peace for the children that live there. The children at Casa Shalom come from pasts rife with troubling events. Many have endured kidnappings, molestation or seeing their families killed by local gangs, just to name a few. Casa Shalom offers a place of love, solace, and the chance to learn about the love of Christ. Here, they can develop practical life skills and become healthy members of society.
Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.
3 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.
40 million children younger than 15 are victims of violence, abuse, and neglect in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Guatemala has alarmingly high rates of child abuse.
With poverty and gang wars a prominent struggle, many children in Guatemala are abandoned or neglected by their parents.
In 2013, more than 400,000 children were found to be engaged in child labor in Guatemala.
Casa Shalom sits amidst of the kind of natural beauty that most people have never seen. Their well-constructed compound overlooks beautiful Guatemalan countryside.
Many of the children who come to Casa Shalom arrive malnourished or injured from abuse and neglect. Casa Shalom offers healing and the utmost healthcare available to their children. Many see astonishing changes occur as they grow and heal in Casa Shalom's care.
The children at Casa Shalom are blessed to grow up in an environment that promotes a love of Christ and Christian values. The caretakers and directors are strong believers who strongly promote a Christian upbringing for Casa Shalom's kids.
The children at Casa Shalom are given a quality education, which is somewhat rare to find in Guatemala. They are taught trades such as farming, baking, and the girls are even able to learn how to cut hair professionally.