SOAR to Guatemala
(Orfanato Valle de los Angeles)
Our Guatemala project is at the Valley of The Angels, an orphanage located 30 minutes outside of Guatemala City.
During the orphanage’s summer months (October-November), many of the children are forced to return to situations where they are abused physically, emotionally, and sexually.
In October and November 2016, Caring Crew hosted the first Camp Angel. Camp Angel began as a three week camp to provide the high risk children an opportunity to stay at Valle. The camp included sports, crafts and motivational speakers for 65 children aged 7 to 17. Weekly field trips to Antigua, the Guatemala City Zoo, and the famous Magnificent Kite Festival of Sumpango for Day of the Dead provided opportunities for the children to broaden their horizon.
The 30 Caring Crew volunteers lived on site in one-week rotations serving as a positive and caring mentors for these orphans. In addition, volunteers participated in food deliveries to families who live in Guatemala's red zone, which is home to some families of the children at Valle.
In 2017, the camp was extended to four weeks and our number of volunteers rose to 55! We look forward to the future of our partnership with Valle and hosting the summer camp for years to come!
La Comunidad de los Niños Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia was and is our very first program at an orphanage located one hour outside of Lima run by Miguel Rodriguez Candia. Miguel opened the community more than 25 years ago by taking in several abandoned street children. Today, he relies solely on the donations and help from outside groups and houses more than 800 children from 6 weeks to 18 years old. The current facility includes a school, nursery, clinic, dining hall/kitchen, bakery, soldering shop and seeing facility.
Our goal as Caring Crew is to help achieve their goals and to create an environment that is sustainable for them.
Unsung Hero of Compassion // Having dedicated his life to running this orphanage and raising 800 children, Miguel was honored by The Forgotten International in San Francisco, CA in 2014 as one of the 100 most influential world changers. Miguel was honored by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as an “Unsung Hero of Compassion.”