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Why we work with special needs orphansJuly 31, 2017
This Post is to give you an update on our work here and to make a request for your help. We are rapidly expanding our programs and have doubled our budget this year.
The intellectually and neurologically impaired orphans that we serve are responding well to the additional and higher quality care that we are providing. We have retained two special educators, two physical therapists and an occupational therapist, and we need funds to pay their salaries, recruit a Director of Special Education and acquire a transportation vehicle. You can find out more about our work by visiting our new Cadaniño Website.
It is a continuing challenge for us to properly communicate the very real needs of these orphaned, vulnerable, neglected and abused children, while at the same time maintaining their privacy and dignity in our photographs and written communications. Suffice to say, these are truly some of the neediest and most longsuffering of people, and they are worthy of your help. Our mission works in partnership with the local Guatemalan government through their social services arm. They provide primary living resources to the children that we serve while we work to improve their quality of care. In the eight years of our partnership we have experienced many ups and downs. This year has been no exception with the deaths of 41 teen girls at the nearby orphanage Hogar Seguro. As a result of the closing of that 800 person facility, the orphanage we work with temporarily housed over 50 special needs toddlers and babies. Though they have now been transferred to a private home in a different part of the country, it was a tragic and eye opening experience for all of us to see just how many special needs children there are, and how limited the resources are to meet their unique needs.
We are pleased to announce that Tim Martiny has agreed to formally join us as our General Manager. Tim has helped us on an ad hoc project basis for the past five years, but has now taken over the management of our program serving the disabled.
He attends my Church in Guatemala and is a lifelong missionary. With six kids of his own and a commitment to serve children and orphans in need, he is always on the go and a busy man. You can find out more about Tim at his website: www.martiny.us The kids and young adults that we work with are the true heroes and the motivation for our mission. Most have been extremely neglected and in many cases horribly abused prior to arriving at ABI, the government orphanage. In addition to the apparent PMLD (Profound Multiple Learning Disabilities), they also suffer from a range of attachment disorders, anxiety, mood disorders and general alienation. Thanks to the loving patient care of our teachers and caregivers, we are starting to see significant breakthroughs and true progress in improving the quality of their lives. This brings great joy to our hearts as it is the reason for our being here. If you would consider partnering with us, through your prayers, by visiting, or by a donation to our general fund which will enable us to improve the quality of life for this needy and deserving population, it would be greatly appreciated as we cannot accomplish this work on our own.
Blessings, Jamie Waller