Protection Home for high-risk children in Guatemala City

Thanks to the generous support of donors, Street Kids Direct has managed to purchase a house in Guatemala City that would offer safe refuge to the most vulnerable children who are in the process of being abandoned or are at very high social risk of living on the streets.

Front houseThe Mi Arca project, funded by Street Kids Direct, in Guatemala City offers a comprehensive programme to children who either live on the streets or who are at very high risk of living on the streets. The charity already reaches 150 children per week on the streets and the next phase is to now provide a safe home for the most vulnerable children. Mi Arca will also be able to extend its specialist mentoring programme to more children each week through the use of this building.

Street Kids Direct has been able to secure a large property within the target area in Guatemala City that will be adapted into a home with separate spaces for both boys and girls. The purchase and refurbishment of this home will offer immediate refuge to those children who are at most risk and who are committed to the mentoring programme that will also provide them with a caring and supportive adult to help them each week make positive life choices, remain in full-time education and achieve their full potential. The home will also be used provide a safe place for around 40 children to meet with their mentor each week.

STAGE ONE - PURCHASE: The purchase of the house in z11 of Guatemala City has now been completed thanks to the very generous support of friends of Street Kids Direct.

STAGE TWO - REFURBISHMENT: We estimate the first stage of refurbishment will take six months to complete and will include the replacement of doors and windows, new bathrooms, repainting, electrical rewiring, fitting a kitchen, garden landscaping and some minor structural modifications. The refurb work will begin in the area where the children will live and then the rest of the house will follow. 

STAGE THREE - PREPARING TO OPEN TO CHILDREN: Furniture, bedding and kitchen equipment will be purchased and the home prepared ready to accept children. Staff and volunteers will be trained and a home manual will be implemented together with our Child Protection Policy and various procedures and protocols for working with children. 

BUDGET: Refurbishment £40,000 (£20,00 already pledged) Furniture & fittings £15,000 Educational materials £1,000 Running costs pa £20,000.  DONATE HERE

Inside patioSTAGE FOUR - THE MENTORING CENTRE AND COFFEE SHOP: Once the home is operational and further funding has been obtained the home will then be able to expand to incorporate space for mentoring high-risk children and youth. This phase of the work will be on the ground floor and will offer us the space to create specialist rooms for art and music therapy as well as provide a small coffee shop where some of the older young people can be trained. Not only with the young people be able to learn a valuable trade in the coffee shop, they will also be able to earn some money. The art and music therapy will help children express themselves and discover new talents and skills.

Thank you for your interest in this project and we hope you will share this and help us keep these children safe.

On Saturday 12th August 2017 Duncan Dyason is attempting to walk 100km in one day to raise funds for the refurbishment of the home.  Please do support him HERE and consider joining the event on the day by walking the walk with us wherever you are.