Street Kids Direct is planning to open the first of its kind Protecion Home for vulnerable children in Guatemala later this year.
The vision is to be able to offer a loving and safe place for vulnerable children in the mentoring programme for the short term while staff and volunteers work with them and their families. This could mean a child is placed in the home for a night, a few nights or over a weekend. One of the things we are keen to do is to not open a permanent home for the children in the programme as we believe children, wherever possible, should be encouraged to grow up in families.
Guatemala has so many children´s homes and so many of those children should be helped to stay in their families while the parents are given the support and, where possible, the encouragement to attend parenting classes and counselling. The Street Kids Direct mentors works to help build resilience in each child and works with the family to create a safer environment for the children to live and flourish.
Street Kids Direct have been donated a very large house in Guatemala City in a safe zone and opposite a police station and with great access to shops, schools and major roads. The home needs a huge amount of refurbishment and has three floors and a large garden area and parking. Our plan is to refurbish the whole house in 3 stages:
STAGE 1 - The first floor is already being refurbished into the protection home but bhas had to stop for the moment until more funds become available.
STAGE 2 - The ground floor will become our second mentoring centre and training centre for high-risk youths in the mentoring programme, with a focus on art and music.
STAGE 3 - The second floor will house two self-contained apartments, one for a staff member and one to rent out to provide an income for the home.
PLANS OF THE GROUND AND FIRST FLOOR (click on each floor to download a larger version of the plan)
- Phase 1 to completion £83,000
- Phase 2 to completion £85,000
- Sponor an item or room in the home
- Download the detailed budget
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For those in the US, Street Kids Direct works with WGM to ensure 100% of funds collected there are passed directly to the projects we support in Guatemala and Honduras.