Gracias

Celebrate Children International’s longest standing Humanitarian Aid program is in Guatemala.

The Guatemala Humanitarian Aid program started when CCI had an adoption program there. In Guatemala, orphanages can house hundreds of children with only a few being identified as adoptable. While funds from the few adoptions helped, it didn’t take care of the orphanage’s need. To help fill the orphanage’s funding gap, CCI created a child sponsorship program in addition to holding special projects as the need arose. Unfortunately, Guatemala shut down to adoptions as of January 1, 2008—leaving the orphanages with an ever-increasing population (including children who might have been placed for adoption through private attorneys and would have never had a need for an orphanage) and fewer funds than ever. Orphanages in Guatemala are primarily private institutions that receive little, and usually no, government funding.

CCI’s love for the children of Guatemala and the friends we made there leads us to continue to support the children who find themselves in orphanages there. CCI has traditionally traveled to Guatemala twice a year to visit the children sponsored through the program and to distribute much needed donations. Each year, with the help of our child sponsors and donors, a Christmas party is thrown for the children…giving them memories that will last a lifetime.

CCI’s Humanitarian Aid program depends solely on you, the donors and sponsors, in order for it to continue. Can you love an orphan today?

sPONSOR A CHILD

CCI offers child sponsorship through two orphanages. Due to the various reasons children are in Guatemalan orphanages, in order to protect the children we have chosen not to name the orphanages publicly. If you would like to know more about each orphanage, feel free to contact our Humanitarian Aid Coordinator, Carmen Lopez-Cepero by e-mailing sponsorship@celebratechildren.org.

Click here to sponsor a child from Orphanage 1 • Click here to sponsor a child from Orphanage 2

Donate 

To donate to the general Guatemalan Humanitarian Aid program for use where needed most, please use this Paypal button:

To donate toward the annual Christmas Party, please use this button:

To donate for the purchase of a gift for your sponsored child, use this button and please note the child’s name in the “notes” section of the Paypal Donation:

All donations are tax deductible!

CURRENT TANGIBLE NEEDS

CCI is looking toward our Christmas/January trip to Guatemala. As we will have very limited luggage space, we are seeking donations of toiletry items which are desperately needed, especially for the pre-teen/teenagers there:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes AND toothbrush holders
  • Toothpaste
  • Maxi pads (no tampons please)
  • Disposable razors for the teenage guys and girls
  • Hairbrushes and combs
  • Hair “things” (scrunchies, barrettes, pins, etc.)
  • Wash clothes and/or body poufs

 

Ongoing needs include:

  • Socks of all ages, both genders
  • New shoes (preferably enclosed, sturdy shoes for school) (no flip-flops please)
  • Bras (up to size 36c)
  • Underwear, all ages, both genders
  • Training pants/underwear

 

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