A God-given purpose
"I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!" - Jesus
Matthew 25:40 NLT
We focus on serving the BROKEN children in Guatemala who face various challenges.
We aim to provide these children with the necessary physical, emotional, and spiritual resources to meet their special, essential, and affection needs. We aim to empower each child to thrive and become eligible for personal and community development opportunities by fulfilling these needs.
To fulfill this purpose, we have developed and implemented four comprehensive programs to address these children's broad and complex problems.
A BROKEN child has experienced:
Which BROKEN Child Do We Serve?
People that have disabilities may experience challenges or difficulties in areas such as mobility, communication, learning, independent living, or social interaction. Disabilities can be visible or invisible, and their impact on individuals can vary greatly. It is important to note that disabilities do not indicate a person's abilities or worth but rather reflect the specific barriers they may face in certain aspects of life.
Have been abused:
Refers to the mistreatment, harm, or exploitation of another person, often with the intent to dominate, manipulate, or exert power and control over them. It can occur in various forms such as physical, emotional, sexual, or psychological abuse.
Living in extreme poverty:
Refers to a condition where individuals or households struggle to meet their basic needs, including access to food, clean water, shelter, healthcare, education, and other essential services. It is a state of deprivation that denies people the opportunity to live a life of dignity and security.
At G2G, we offer four programs under the acronym H.U.G.S -
Heal, Unite, Gather, and Speak Up.
These programs are designed to provide holistic support for BROKEN children in Guatemala.
The Four Programs: H.U.G.S.
We focus on restoring human dignity to children who have experienced relational trauma and hardships such as disabilities, abuse, and extreme poverty.
Through our Heal program, we offer direct intervention to help meet each child's needs and unlock their full potential, whatever that may be.
Our approach involves embracing children within a safe family environment to nurture their boundless human potential for growth and well-being within a small community.
Through our Unite program, we focus on empowering the family, which is the closest small community where a child's development occurs. We believe that a healthy family will raise a healthy child, an educated family will raise a studious child, and a thriving family will present a successful child.
We aim to address the needs of the broken children by utilizing a collaborative approach and leveraging the influence of the larger community.
Through our Gather program, we seek to collaborate with various stakeholders that play a role in a child's life. This includes schools, churches, organizations that meet specific needs, the local community, government, volunteers, and donors. Promoting a united front for the child can help break the vicious cycle of dehumanizing circumstances and create lasting change.
4. Speak Up:
Our Speak Up program is focused on creating awareness and promoting cultural change to ensure justice for the voiceless.
Through this program, we aim to impact society and the system, highlighting the critical problem of human rejection and its consequences, particularly for the most vulnerable children in our communities. Raising awareness and driving cultural change can make us a strong voice for those who might otherwise go unheard.
By addressing these THREE Needs comprehensively, we can support children in their development and help them grow into healthy, well-rounded.
Every child requires essential provisions to survive and thrive, including nourishment, healthcare, education, and tangible resources.
Dulce's Essential Needs are supplied daily with the generous support of God's people like YOU.
Dulce is a sweet 6-year-old girl from one of our Guatemala City programs. She lives along with her family in “Colonia Landivar” One of the poorest areas in the city.
Her parents never married, and they decided not to be together anymore when she was born. Her mom walked away, and her dad cared for her for her first six months of life. Unfortunately, he passed away, leaving her alone in this world. One of her dad’s sisters decided to raise her as her own.
Dulce’s life has not been easy since her beginning. However, the Lord has cared for her through many of his people, like you.
"Truly I tell you, whatever YOU did for one of the least of these brothers
and sisters of mine, YOU did for me."
Matthew 25:40 NIV
Despite being underweight because of the whole family's situation, she is a healthy, smart, and very obedient, active girl who loves attending our after-school program of Manantial de Vida – one of the local organizations we partner with.
When you support HUGS community,
You choose a broad, holistic, and practical pathway
to solve the many complex problems our children face.
With your help, the kids will receive:
Healthy and daily meals
Love through Christian principles
And other ESSENTIAL Needs
Due to their backgrounds and challenging circumstances, each child possesses a unique set of needs. Accordingly, these children require specific attention, such as therapies, treatments, interventions, and medication.
Angel's Special Needs are very specific and varied. With your generous help, he has been taken good care of, and all these needs are supplied daily.
Angel is a 7-year-old child who has suffered a lot since he was two days old due to his illness, disabilities, and extreme poverty. He was diagnosed with psychomotor retardation, epilepsy, Fahr syndrome, and deaf-mutism.
He has had several admissions to national hospitals due to high bilirubin, lung problems, pneumonia, and bronchopneumonia, reaching the point of almost dying.
"He has been in ICU many times, more than a young child should."
His father left the house before birth, so the economic situation was always challenging. His mother has suffered rejection when looking for a job for a long time without success.
When Angel's mom finally found a not-very-well-paid job, some neighbors favored caring for Angel, but they did not last more than three months. We do not blame them; caring for a child with Angel's condition is complex, and not everyone can do it.
Angel's mother had to make the difficult decision to leave him and seek help. A judge sent Angel to Los Gozosos three years ago to care for him.
From day one, he was given special care; medical specialists checked him, special education, medicine, food, respect, and the stimulation he needed.
Today, Angel is a smiling child who has developed many communication skills; he still has little to go to start walking on his own, but we are confident that will happen soon.
This year, his mother finally found a stable job that allowed her to meet Angel's essential needs, so the judge ruled it was time for him to return to her.
Thanks to the support and prayers we received from God's people like you, we were able to support in changing Angel's life story.
The road is long and complex, but God, through you, changes the lives and supplies the Three Kinds of Needs of the rejected and most vulnerable children in Guatemala like Angel.
G2G has adopted and advocates for Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)© as a practical approach to meet the unique needs of these children and help them overcome the trauma associated with challenging situations.
Choosing a school should be a simple and happy task for parents, but in Juan Diego's parents' case, the experience was disappointing and traumatic.
Juan Diego was born in 2011. He is a happy kid, very confident and creative, a little joker, and restless most of the time.
His family path has not been easy. For the first two years of his life, he didn't speak or make any noise, which was difficult as the hearing tests didn't detect any deficiency. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was one year and ten months old. That changed the future that his family had dreamed of.
His mom was anguished when thinking about the future and considered all the extra attention, time, and expenses they would have to deal with. Being part of a society and culture with no knowledge or interest in learning about Autism would make things even harder.
Juan Diego was rejected in many private and public schools because they could not have a child with autism. It was excruciating in his parents' hearts.
Finally, the family found our program, where they were supported and cared for. The therapies and spiritual and emotional support have been necessary for Juan Diego to adapt to a regular educational environment and for his family to accept his condition and not feel bad about it.
Since 2014, when Juan Diego joined us, he has learned many things he could not do. Now, he can follow instructions, speak more fluently, pay attention for extended periods, eat alone, have personal hygiene, and more. His improvement is evident and massive.
To this date, Juan Diego was accepted into a regular school with our therapist's companion. He has taught the whole family to see the world entirely differently. Juan Diego and his family have now begun to pick up their dreams back again.
"Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life." Proverbs 4:23 NLT
In HUGS community, we don't only satisfy the body's needs.
We also care for our children's hearts
so they become responsible, loving, and empathetic adults.