Turning Orphans into Royalty
Where Your Money Goes
*This graph is an accurate account of the yearly breakdown of Casa Angelina’s costs. It excludes schooling, which is funded from a different account. Click to see the schooling costs HERE.
Everything We Do of Significance,
We Do in Partnership with Others
Every child living at Casa Angelina arrives through the Guatemalan court system by order from a judge. There are currently only 12 children’s judges for all of Guatemala. The most recent UNICEF total for the number of orphans living in the capital city of Guatemala is 300,000. With only 12 judges for all of these orphans (as well as the cases of abandoned, neglected, and abused children), there is an overwhelming need to work and rescue children in Guatemala. We work with these judges to receive legal custody of every child living at Casa Angelina. All children who enter Casa Angelina are welcomed by members of our team. The social worker, pastors, directors, and children are there to comfort and immediately show them love and support.read more
A New Beginning
Upon entering their new home, the children receive a gift of clothing, shoes, food, toys, and hygiene products. Most children have a measure of shock at receiving these items and are not sure if we mean that everything will belong to them. The quality of their new life immediately shows them that we care about their well-being. The beauty of their surroundings makes quite an impact due to the contrast it makes from the street, shack, or previous orphanage they have come from.read more
Their New Home
After they see their new home and are introduced to the family, they are shown their very own bed, which also comes as a shock oftentimes as most of them have never had their own bed before (many grow up sleeping with multiple people or on the ground). Our children come to us with some level of malnutrition, so they eat their first meal right away, which they are always so grateful for. Then it is time for a tour of their new home. The children who have been here for a while are always so excited to show it off. Once the new children see the playgrounds, feeding center, homes, tire swings, forest, soccer field, and school, the beauty and expanse help to restore hope and joy to their eyes. This introduction helps them begin to feel comfortable. Our goal for the first day is for them to eat, play, and feel safe.read more
A Bright Future
Within the first few days, we also assess the children’s level of education. Many who come to Casa Angelina have never had any formal education. If they have, we are able to test them in our school to verify which grade level they should enter. However, if they have had no schooling and are under 13 years old, they are required by law to start at first grade. Once they reach 13, they can enter the Advanced Learning Course and skip grades according to the level of their aptitude. We have made a commitment to providing an atmosphere of higher education for each child eager to learn. For these children, we will provide support through elementary, junior high, and high school and then on to college and into their careers.
We truly want the quality of their lives to change forever. They arrive with barely anything and are immediately welcomed into a family and given a bed, home, medical treatment, and education. All of the children and staff’s food is cooked by our gourmet, five-star chef. The children are also given fitness programs, such as soccer training, Taekwondo, and PE classes. They live on top of a mountain with beautiful views and lots of open space. Every child is taught about the love of God. They are cared for and given counseling about their pasts. We want to set them on a new path and give them confidence that they can break the cycle of their pasts and never have to be abused again. These are some of the reasons why our motto at Casa Angelina is “Turning Orphans into Royalty.”read more
The following morning we schedule an appointment for the new children at our medical clinic. More often than not when we receive a child we have no previous medical history, so this medical examination is very important. Our on-site doctor and/or pediatrician assess the levels of illness, malnutrition, and disease, as well as prescribe the necessary course for treatment.
Many times the children come with untreated urinary tract infections, parasites, lice, intestinal infections, malnourishment, and anemia. The majority of our children have never received any dental care before coming to Casa Angelina, and therefore have varying levels of gum disease, abscesses, and rotten and decayed teeth. We do a series of stool, urine, and blood tests to better assess their level of internal health.
To complete our examination, the medical staff records all bruising, cuts, and scratches that the children arrive with. We then report our official records of their treatment and care to the department of child services in Guatemala.read more
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