Aqua Viva Children’s Home
Nearly 75% of Guatemala’s 12 million residents live in poverty. Many Guatemalan children never attend school because they must work to help support their families – usually on the streets, in the fields, or in factories. No social programs exist to rescue at-risk children or to support poor families.
Two Advantage RN employees traveled to Guatemala in the summer of 2008 to volunteer to work at Agua Viva Children’s Home, located in the mountains above Guatemala City. The two were part of a group of 28 who worked at the school which offers a safe haven for about 80 children ages of 1.5 – 18. The group helped with some construction projects on site as well as with other activities benefiting the school. They also spent plenty of time with the children.
The group was inspired by the children — particularly in the way each child embraced life and their newest visitors. Each child seemed to approach their school work and extracurricular activities with open and enthusiastic hearts.
Little Sophie, born in Guatemala, is now home in America with her new Advantage RN family.
In Guatemala we learned that those with so little have the ability to give us so much.
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