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Agua Viva Children’s Home provides food, shelter, healthcare, and education in a safe, home environment for up to 85 children ages 3-18. Most importantly, the ministry provides the opportunity for children and their families to learn about the transformative love of Christ.

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WHERE DO OUR CHILDREN COME FROM?

Many of our children are placed here voluntarily by their families in cases of extreme poverty where they cannot provide for basic food, clothing and schooling. Many others are placed with us through the government because of abuse and neglect.

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How can I get involved?

There are several ways you can get involved. Please consider sponsoring a child, bringing a team or giving a general donation to help us continue serving the children who live here.

What circumstances usually bring a child to Agua Viva?

Our children come to us for many reasons. A majority of the children in our care have been placed here voluntarily by their family members for their own safety and well-being. For instance, our children may come from a broken home or an abusive home environment. Sometimes the family member cannot meet the needs of the child and work to support the family. Often the younger children will come to live at Agua Viva, frequently on a temporary basis, until the parent can get back on their feet. Another common situation is when the child is being raised by a grandparent that becomes infirm and there are no other family members that can care for the child.

We also work with the local government and child protective services and have a number of children who have been placed here by the government because of abuse or neglect. In many of these cases the child will stay with us through adulthood.

What areas of Guatemala do the children typically come from?

Most of our children come to us from the very poor agricultural communities nearby and the city of Chimaltenango located just miles up the road. We also receive a number of children from the capital, Guatemala City, where there are many extremely poor neighborhoods.

How are the children’s living arrangements divided?

We have several “casas” or houses set up for the children based on age group and gender. We also provide “apartment style” living quarters for the older girls and boys to teach them responsibility and help them begin their transition into independent living.

Each “casa” has two Guatemalan house parents who rotate 48 hour shifts and have a parental relationship with the children – giving structure and guidance to the children, answering questions and giving out hugs where needed. All our house parents are committed Christians and go through annual child care training.

Do the children have contact with their families?

Yes. We have a special family visitation day once a month where family members are invited to the Agua Viva campus to share a meal and often a special program with their children. These afternoons are very special times for the children and the families who come. Not all of our children have family that will come to the family day so we pay special attention to make sure these children receive the emotional support they need.

What happens to the children that leave the home?

Agua Viva is open to children between the ages of 2 and 18 (though we will occasionally have exceptions). Children may return to their families at any time whether of their own volition or because the family circumstance has changed and they are ready to return home.

Generally, children who reach 18 years of age have been training for some time to live independently if they must. Otherwise, they transition back to their home and family. We continue to provide for their education with a commitment to help them go as far with their education as they are willing to work.

FAQ

There are several ways you can get involved. Please consider sponsoring a child, bringing a team or giving a general donation to help us continue serving the children who live here.

Our children come to us for many reasons. A majority of the children in our care have been placed here voluntarily by their family members for their own safety and well-being. For instance, our children may come from a broken home or an abusive home environment. Sometimes the family member cannot meet the needs of the child and work to support the family. Often the younger children will come to live at Agua Viva, frequently on a temporary basis, until the parent can get back on their feet. Another common situation is when the child is being raised by a grandparent that becomes infirm and there are no other family members that can care for the child.

We also work with the local government and child protective services and have a number of children who have been placed here by the government because of abuse or neglect. In many of these cases the child will stay with us through adulthood.

Most of our children come to us from the very poor agricultural communities nearby and the city of Chimaltenango located just miles up the road. We also receive a number of children from the capital, Guatemala City, where there are many extremely poor neighborhoods.

We have several “casas” or houses set up for the children based on age group and gender. We also provide “apartment style” living quarters for the older girls and boys to teach them responsibility and help them begin their transition into independent living.

Each “casa” has two Guatemalan house parents who rotate 48 hour shifts and have a parental relationship with the children – giving structure and guidance to the children, answering questions and giving out hugs where needed. All our house parents are committed Christians and go through annual child care training.

Yes. We have a special family visitation day once a month where family members are invited to the Agua Viva campus to share a meal and often a special program with their children. These afternoons are very special times for the children and the families who come. Not all of our children have family that will come to the family day so we pay special attention to make sure these children receive the emotional support they need.

Agua Viva is open to children between the ages of 2 and 18 (though we will occasionally have exceptions). Children may return to their families at any time whether of their own volition or because the family circumstance has changed and they are ready to return home.

Generally, children who reach 18 years of age have been training for some time to live independently if they must. Otherwise, they transition back to their home and family. We continue to provide for their education with a commitment to help them go as far with their education as they are willing to work.