Village of Hope in Guatemala cares for special needs orphans in San Lucas, Guatemala and teaches them about the love of Jesus Christ. Scripture reveals a God who is passionate about the sick, the widow, the orphan, the alien and the poor. We want to be a part of meeting these needs!
The purpose of Village of Hope is to provide family, faith and a future to children and vulnerable mothers in a family style setting. Each family living unit consists of house parents and 6-8 children or mothers living in a home together on the Village of Hope property. This family style setting provides appropriate support to all its residents and allows the dorm parents to convey valuable life lessons with the ultimate goal of avoiding the need for children to enter institutional care (an orphanage).
Why do we want to keep children out of orphanages? Institutional care is warehouse-like . . . large rooms with several beds lined up and a high ratio of children to caregivers. The goal of institutional care is to keep the children under control, rather than to develop them as people. The goal of the Village of Hope care program is to rehabilitate children and mothers and help them develop the skills they need to live on their own successfully.
By providing Guatemalan house parents (a married couple) who provide care for the children, our children understand that they belong and that someone is investing in their life and their future. They have a mother and father figure to pray with them, help them with their homework, and help them develop as they grow.
In the family style homes, children receive nourishment, education, and appropriate attention. They learn how families live together and how a husband and wife interact and respect each other. The family living is beneficial to their development and will serve them as a model for when they form their own families in the future.
The cost of operating the Village of Hope in Guatemala is lower than it would be in America. However, it does take significant resources on an annual basis to provide the care these children and mothers need. Our general fund budget each year is on the order of $250,000 or $21,000 a month; this covers operating and maintaining the property. Each family (as described above and including parents and eight children) costs an incremental $3,175 per month to house/feed/care for, and we are rapidly trying to add space / buildings to house more residents.
To that end, there are several ways you can help us invest in these children and mothers:
- Donate to the Village of Hope Guatemala General Fund Give to Village of Hope
- Commit to our Matthew 25:40 giving program
- Become a HOPE + Sister in our Guatemala Sisterhood
- Sponsor a child by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Accept our ONE LUNCH challenge
- Give to the Twietmeyer Family (missionary support) Give to Twietmeyer Family
- Make a one-time building fund gift Give to VOH Building Fund
If you have time or desire, we’d love for you to visit the Village of HOPE on a short term missions trip. We regularly host groups of people from churches, businesses, women’s or men’s groups, and love to have visitors and helpers at the property. There’s plenty of work to do and more than enough children to play with and love on! Click here for details.
For a printable brochure about the needs of our Village of Hope families: Village of Hope Brochure