Orphan Care

Change a future for orphaned and abandoned children in Guatemala

Our deep desire is that the little ones who will call this their home will discover the love of Jesus as they are cared for here

Since the Vida Children’s Home received official approval, God has been sending us precious, sweet little ones.

Each one has a heart-breaking story. Each one has experienced trauma at such a young age.

The stories that brought them here are all different. They include the ugliness of mental illness, rape, poverty and abandonment. But each child is beautiful, and each is so loved!

We pray that the Vida Children’s Home will be a place of refuge, where love and hope will be offered and where lives will be transformed by the power of Jesus.

Some Orphan Care Stories

stories about the Vida Children’s Home shared on our blog

Why a Children’s Home?

and why Guatemala?

Current Progress

what’s happening on site?

How can I become an Orphan Care Champion?

I want to change a future!

Some Orphan Care Stories

Construction at the Vida Children's Home

Construction Season

Is it construction season where you’re at? It sure seems to be in Guatemala right now! We’re so excited to share some updates of what you’re building with us at Impact Ministries: Agua de Vida Chijulhá School Three classrooms are going up at our newest school. Agua de Vida Chijulhá is our fastest growing school, and they’re quickly running out of room! This expansion allows for a computer lab and for every grade to have its own classroom. The impact of each classroom may soon double – Impact Ministries is in process of applying to also offer a Junior High program in the …

A ❤ for abandoned babies in Guatemala

We’ve got a brand new video about the Vida Children’s Home, and we’re so excited to share it with you! Meet some of our core staff, take a look inside, and hear the voices of the Vida Children’s Home: https://youtu.be/wcsnKpNg6YU “An abandoned child has nobody advocating for them,” Les says in the video. Will you help us change that? Become an Orphan Care Champion Our orphan care champions are part of the answer to Les’ question: “Who’s going to care for these babies? Who’s going to do that?” As an orphan care champion, you will change the future of orphaned and abandoned children in Guatemala by joining with …
Little Coralia holding a doll

Growing up with Impact Ministries

Back in 2007, Impact Ministries was running an afterschool program in San Antonio. One of the children who came was 6-year-old Coralia. Little Coralia wasn’t impressed: “I had to walk so far. Also, it meant a double effort for me, studying at school in the morning and studying in the project in the afternoons.” But that soon changed. Coralia liked meeting team members from the US & Canada, including the Canadian family who would sponsor her for many years, as well as others from her own community. “I received a lot of love from the people who were part of it day …

Something New in our Children’s Home!

“We think she’s five. She was found wandering around barefoot and in her underwear. Her mother abandoned her some time ago and no one wants her”  “He’s six and his little sister is 14 months. They’re both terribly malnourished and he doesn’t talk. They were removed from their home because of physical abuse”  “She’s six and her mother abandoned her with a boyfriend she’d only known for a few months. He now fears violence against himself and the child” For some months now, the Vida Children’s Home has been operating – as planned – as a Baby Home. Abandoned infants have found love and …

What would you say?

What would you say if you received a phone call saying that a little five-year old girl was found filthy, wandering barefoot and in her underwear? Inquiries had been made. No one wanted her. She had been abandoned by her mother two years ago, and since then she’d been passed from one home to another. With barely enough to eat and just a corner on the floor to sleep on, she’d been both left unattended and physically abused. Would the Vida Children’s Home be willing to take her in? The Child Welfare Office couldn’t find any other place for her. We said ‘Yes.’ …

Why a Children’s Home?

There are a staggering number of orphaned and abandoned children in Guatemala.

The situation is complicated, as the doors for adoption from Guatemala are not open and there is not a strong culture of adoption or foster care outside of familial ties within Guatemala. To add to this, many existing children’s homes and orphanages are overcrowded, understaffed, institutional, and unable to provide quality care for each child. The need is great for a Christ-centred loving home in Guatemala for these vulnerable children.

For many years, we’ve held some of these children as we’ve done hospital visits, prayed for them, and shed tears over the lack of hope in their future. God has answered our prayers by calling Impact Ministries to a vision for Orphan Care. Through the Vida Children’s Home, Impact Ministries is providing a home and family for children who desperately need to be loved.

Current Progress

Currently, the Vida Children’s Home is operating out of the Baby House, which is designed for infants two years old and under, and includes bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen and a play area.

Construction is in progress on a multi-purpose home for our older children (which will eventually become the Girls Home), as well as an office space for visiting specialists. Right now, when specialists like psychologists or nurses come for appointments, this can disrupt the atmosphere of the whole home. By moving these visits to an external office building, we’re able to provide a more normal home environment for all the children while still providing them with the supports they need.

We look forward to all that God has in store for the children who are with us and the ones who are yet to come. We know that God has a plan for each one, and His plans are good!

Special thanks to Engineering Ministries International for the original design of the Vida Children’s Home. Plans continue to be adapted to meet evolving needs.

Becoming an Orphan Care Champion

As we welcome children into the Vida Children’s Home, we invite you to come alongside these little ones as an Orphan Care Champion

Your ongoing support provides:

  • loving house parents and nannies to care for the children
  • a safe place to call home
  • access to medical & professional resources

In short, a refuge where these abandoned children can be given hope and a future!

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