Change A Life Today
Work, Play, Love and the Hogar Heroes campaign is an orphan children charity that was established to help the children of Guatemala, with a primary focus on caring for and supporting orphans in the area. As a non-profit 501c3 company, the majority of our funds go to support the Maria Auxiliadora Hogar, a girls’ orphanage that we funded to build outside of Guatemala City. Any excess funds are used to provide assistance to the boys’ orphanage next door as well as to a new girls’ school in the area. The orphanages also serve as a haven for children in the village to learn, play and simply enjoy the opportunity to be kids.
Become a Hogar Hero. Help the orphan children of Guatemala today.
Our orphan children charity in Guatemala has:
Where Does My Donation Go?
The Maria Auxiliadora Hogar is the main focus of Hogar Heroes. The goal of our Guatemala charity is to raise a minimum of $3,000 per month to support the facility staff, programming and of course provide care and housing for the children.
Prior to building the girls’ orphanage, our organization was solely focused on supporting the Hogar Miguel Magone, a boy’s orphanage next door. Today, we continue to support the boys with any funds received in excess of our goal for the girls’ orphanage.
Like many charities for orphans, we support other local children as well. The orphanages serve as a safe haven for boys and girls in the area, providing shelter, education, food, caretakers, transportation and other activities.
We are one of three charities helping to build a girls’ school in the area. We’ve donated nearly $30,000 to this project and continue to contribute as funds become available. Groundbreaking is scheduled for November 2017!
Why I Became a Hero:
Having lived in Guatemala for a year and a half, I saw first hand many of the problems Guatemalan families and children face every day. I have witnessed the extreme poverty in rural areas and how living below the poverty line often results in poor nutrition, a lack of education, little or no medical care and shoddy living conditions.
I wanted to elevate these beautiful souls and help them create a better future for themselves and their families.
The Work, Play, Love Family:
The staff, volunteers, partner organizations and other Hogar Heroes are truly in it for the right reasons. I see how much they truly care about giving these children a better future. Hogar Heroes encourage these little ones to set goals, learn skills and go back to their villages ready to make a better life.
Working with the Children:
I’ve spent a lot of time with the children at the Hogar in Guatemala. Despite their hardships, the children at the orphanages are always smiling. They love playing with you, reading, jumping rope, singing, laughing – all the happy things a child should experience.
Personally, I love when the children help teach me Spanish. The language barrier never matters. They patiently wait while I repeat a word until I get it right, and later we can all laugh about my pronunciation!
It’s all about being in the moment, when you’re with those little ones. Being in Guatemala with the children we are helping is a rewarding experience that changes you and touches your very core. When you leave the Hogar, your life has been changed forever. You’ll never forget those faces, smiles, and giggles because they now have a permanent place in your heart.
I have been so blessed to be part of the Hogar Hero Program.
WPL – More Than An Experience – The Lasting Impact
I don’t think there could ever be just enough preparation for a trip like this one and I knew that going into it but was ready with an open heart and a empty camera for whatever we encountered. I have come to believe that I will continue to learn about ‘love’ and ‘how to love’ until the day I die.
The love of an orphan is so pure and raw. The ways that they share that love astound me and have made me think how much more I could be loving even daily in my own life. They often times reflect hearts of unconditional love and affection. Conditional being their circumstances that they have overcome with the ability to still pour out love on those that they have known a mere 5 minutes, to those they have known for many years. Over the week I spent working, and playing I did a whole lot of learning about loving. It’s a different part of love, one of it’s many colors, sizes and forms. I get choked up just thinking about it. It’s one thing to know about this kind of love, it’s a completely different to experience it and have it impressed upon your heart.
I’ve worked with Kim to produce a mural in Guatemala in January 2014. It was a really fun experience to work with the kids at the orphanage. It was a really positive environment and such a privilege to get to interact with the people you are actually helping. The experience has influenced me to be more of a giving and altruistic person.
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