Girls Orphanage In Guatemala
When Kim, Mike and Steve Melia first arrived at a boy’s orphanage in Guatemala, they realized that helping the country’s orphan children would become central to the mission of their charitable organization, Work, Play, Love. But what about the girls?
Without a girl’s orphanage next to the existing boy’s orphanage—Hogar Manuel Magone—children from the same families could be separated and split up. While girls were welcome to spend time at the boy’s orphanage during the day for meals and visitation, the absence of a dedicated girl’s dormitory put siblings, already in a precarious position as orphans, at risk of separation and lost contact. We knew we had to do something.