Dr. Salvatore Caputo, Founder and President of Caputo Children's Fund, traveled to Central & South America, Africa, Brazil and Philippines for work duties in 1968 to 2002. While there, he and his wife helped at residential facilities for adults with physical challenges, homeless elderly people and street children. He also worked inflexibly in remote villages in Guatemala, Central America.
When in 1968, the first time he visited Guatemala, he was astonished to see so many street children besieged to survive, sleeping on sidewalks, to reduce their desperation and hunger; they become inhalant addicts, sniffing industrial solvents. Upon his return to Guatemala in 2002, he founded Universal Ministries, a Non-Denomination, Non-Profit Church Organization for the only purpose to aid Guatemala City´s street children and homeless elderly people. Assisting street children was not the only goal; the purpose was also to help them to how to apply Christian’s Word to their daily lives.
A key goal is to help families in need to help and into becoming self-sufficient members of their community. Through long-term, self-help development programs funded by grants and individual donors, thousands of children in countries around the world will increase their ability to be self-sufficient by learning and applying new, marketable skills.
The Ministries believes in building a solid spiritual foundation of hope not only in the children, but also to the community.
Is an International Charitable and Social Welfare Entity, nonprofit, apolitical, non-religious and independent Non Governmental Organization (NGO), dedicated to provide humanitarian assistance to people with extreme poverty and where inevitability necessity of food, education, literacy, health and sanitation, human development, and all sorts of needs without regard to race, religion or national origin. The primary objective is to aid starving children. The Foundation is registered at the Government Ministry of the Republic of Guatemala under the following numbers:
Charity Registration Resolution Number: R-2011-03-01-000039
Federal ID Tax: 7216620-7