Make a difference in the life of a child

                           PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES 

Street Children Project aims at improving the health, welfare and quality of life of street children. The focus of the project is on developing the capacity of local organizations to prevent, assess and manage psychoactive substance use problems among street children.

The children in these programs are all children who live on the street. Some live with a parent or relative but all are extremely poor and in desperate situations.


STREET CHILDREN are either orphans or children who have been turned out or abandoned by their parents. But most of them have run away from home. The boys and street girls flee from home abuse, beatings and misery they find in their families. But street life is not better; the children are more exposed to poverty, accidents, rapes, injuries, illnesses and even murder. It is so sad to see so many children on the streets, many die, violence and hunger are the main causes of these deaths.

HOPE FOR STREET CHILDREN. Our Mission is in working with the poor, oppressed, suffering Street Children and all abandoned children. Caputo Children´s Fund is committed to building long-term community benefits for the street children of Guatemala City. Humanitarian efforts are our vision is to bring relief to the street children and elderly people where it is needed most.

We accomplish this by rescuing them from the street and providing a safe Christian refuge where they can grow and learn. We also try to initiate community programs that help to protect and safeguard all children.

How We Work

Our principal goal is to unite the children with their families. We try to find children who are entering the streets first time, before they are captivated by the street gangs; we rescue them and take them to a safe place. After counseling we take the children to join with their families, if not possible, to some orphanage that we patronage.

Our goals:

We are looking forward to enlarge our work among the street children. Our final goal is to see as many children as possible to be integrated into our Home for children at Guatemala. In a short term a child gets initial counseling, and then in the longer term rehabilitation center where a child gets ready to join, momentarily, a family home until we can find an orphanage ready to assist them. The Children face many challenges in regards to health, education, security and food provision.



Thousands of children, specially street children,  in Guatemala are not enrolled in school; Caputo Children’s fund focuses on providing basic education to those who need it most. Access to education is not only a basic human right, but also a key factor in reducing poverty and child labor.


Many of the regions where Caputo Children’s fund works are highly vulnerable to conflict-based emergencies and natural disaster. They are prone to floods, storms, earthquakes and droughts. The frequency of these disasters is increasing at an alarming rate.


Caputo children’s fund recognizes that poverty, inequality and marginalization are both the root causes and consequences of poor health. Today, there are people living in extreme poverty, most of whom regularly experience health problems.


Caputo Children’s Fund, with the help of the field partners, has been supporting the livelihoods of the poorest people in the poorest settlement sections of the city. But it is about so much more than just income, it is about everything that makes an impact on a person’s life.


Caputo Children’s Fund recognizes that in order to fight poverty we cannot work on our own. Each of the partners are involved in various ministry activities that assist in our organization in meeting our “mission statement”. Our partners are administratively independent. We meet regularly with all of our partners so we can continue to know how we can support and expand their ministries. Our partners come from a range of different backgrounds, from small community-based groups to governments and globally based organizations.

Working together

Poverty has many causes. These include lack of education, weak governance, natural disasters, inequality and loss of employment. To make poverty history, each of these causes needs to be tackled. This is the challenge we have set ourselves.

One of the ways we try to do this is to bring together a wide variety of people and organizations. Together we can pool our knowledge and resources and work together to fight poverty.

In this diverse world, we have realized that working with others and engaging in partnership will help us achieve our overall aim of making poverty a thing of the past.

Projects for street children not only include places of refuge for young people for whom the street has become the centre of their lives. Caputo Children’s Fund's partners in the field and their staff also stand up for the rights of the boys and girls. They constantly draw public attention to violence and question the values and the behavior of society.

Support us

Our supporters and donors are so important. The time and money they donate means we can carry out vital work. Help us end the scandal of starvation and hunger – make a regular donation now.

Why regular giving?

Regular giving allows us to respond more rapidly than ever before to emergency situations. The promise of a regular gift is also one of the most practical methods to ensure we can plan and budget for our long-term commitments. And because this funding comes from the public, we can ensure it gets to where it’s needed most.

Without the nutrients required for basic physical development, these children will never grow as they should, and many will die before their fifth birthday. This is the bleak reality for many people. But there is hope.




Misión Nueva Vida (New Life Mission), one of the poorest settlement section of the city.
2 Ave. "A" 17-33, zona 6
Asentamiento Santa Faz
Guatemala City, Guatemala C.A.
Tel: + 502-4855-5255
Attention: Mrs. Adonia Chavarria de Hidalgo

Living in extreme poverty

Misión Nueva Vida desires to carry out the ministry of reconciliation, where families are integrated, where the orphan and the widow are loved and cared for, and where no child is abandoned. Our organization is a response to the needs of our country by increasing the number of children orphans, abandoned, abused and at-street because of the same family disintegration that leads to equivocal decisions affecting their lives even more. A new life is what we offer to this little in need of love, protection and total attendance.

We know that as a society have a responsibility joint and that success is first to attach God and later to all those involved in this task to help the most needy, there are 8 volunteer people who assist in the streets and  complying with programs, so that children  adolescents and youth are integrated into society.

1. To integrate the children's family
2. Making small leading a life of bitterness, loneliness and abuse are integrated into society as productive individuals.
3. Supporting marginalized and indigenous groups.

1. Restoration spiritual, physical and emotional
2. Rescue of identity and dignity
3. Reintegration into their family
4. Incorporation into the productive life
5. Serve society.

We brigades children´s  festivals and various neighborhoods and communities in order to transmit, to teach values to children to prevent their output to the same streets and take every event to give a lecture to parents about their children education .

We cannot operate without the help and support of people like you. We are not financially wealthy as individuals and cannot support a program of this size. If you would like to support this project, please consider making a tax-deductible, one time donation or monthly pledge to Misión Nueva Vida. You can make a gift online by visiting our Donation page.

                     GUATEMALA VIDAS PLENAS

A ghetto in Guatemala City “La Limonada”

Guatemala City, Guatemala C.A.
Tel: +502 5765-3768
Attention: Tita Evertsz
The Precarious Life.
"La Limonada", one of the poorest and most dangerous slums in Guatemala City. The most glaring community problems, one of the poorest communities are a lack of quality education, poverty, sexual abuse - many times at the hands of a parent or sibling.
La Limonada (The Lemonade) is one of the largest slum in Latin America. 70,000 people are crammed into a steep ravine one-mile in length. Police do not enter and when there's a murder, government´s  officials responsible for investigation refuse to go in.  
Guatemala City has about 2.5 million people and estimates show that at least 60% of them are poor. Those with the lowest incomes live in very precarious situations. 70% of the population lives on less than US$2 per day. In the countryside, 30% live on less than $1 per day.
Sixteen years ago, Tita Evertsz began volunteering her time to serve the people of La Limonada. In the early years, she felt drawn to reach out to the teenage gang members who guarded their turf in the community and who sold small vials of commercial glue—the substance whose hallucinogenic fumes medicate the people from the pain of life in the alleys of this forgotten community. She made a commitment to the children first—believing that God could use her to help prevent another generation of people in La Limonada from being caught in a cycle of poverty and hopelessness.
As we walked through the barrio Tita described what life was like when she first came to La Limonada. She told us about the violence, and how gang members guarded the barrio boarders with guns. There are two schools in La Limonada (300 children) now where these children are loved, fed healthy meals, and provided with scholarships to attend formal school in Guatemala City. All of the teachers are from Guatemala City and many of them are from La Limonada itself.  Their compassion for these kids and this cause is admirable. Tita Evertsz and her team have provided love, education, healthy meals, mentoring, counseling, medical care, scholarships, gang prevention.


 Salvatore Caputo (left), Father Rocco (right)

Founded by Father Rocco Famiglietti ´s Orphanage for 180 children, well fed, well groomed and well educated.

Orphanage Valley of Angels
Final Calle Pricipal, Aldea San José El Manzano,
Santa Catarina Pinula
Apdo- Postal N0: 522, Puerta Parada
Guatemala City, 01073, Guatemala C.A.
Tel: + 502-400-8423
Attention: Father Michael Della Penna

March 28th 2006,  to witness the presentation of that country’s highest honor of recognition given to a civilian, The Humanitarian of the Year Award. This year’s recipient, recognizing his 55-plus years of service to the people of Central America and especially to the people of Guatemala, was Fr. Rocco Famiglietti, founder and present Guardian of Valle de los Angeles (Valley of the Angels) school and orphanage. The ceremonies, conducted at the National Palace in Guatemala City.

DEC. 19, 2010.



13 Calle 2-41, zona 1 Guatemala C.A.

Tels: +502 2232-7425   2251-9237


The Movement of Street Youngsters in Guatemala City (MOJOCA - MOvimiento de Jóvenes de la CAlle) is the movement, self-managed by the street girls and boys and getting inspiration from liberating friendship, which supports the street youngsters in feeding, hygiene and health, education and instruction, job and living reinsertion.

Guatemala is the country of Centre America where the phenomenon of street youngsters, with which we are engaged, was born.

The street girls and boys live in precarious conditions, in groups in continious movement, where they are often defeated. Sometimes they are violated, murdered or destroyed little by little by the solvent that they inhale all day long to forget hunger, cold, humiliation, fear.

But at the same time these youngsters,  not subdued, experience together with their companions the values of solidarity and friendship and share with them the hope of a better life. They find this hope in themselves, in their intense and obstinate will of living, in their rebellion and in their whish, sometimes obscure, of a world in which persons are more considered and in which there are more solidarity and friendship.

The street youngsters immensely need to be approched, regarded, recognized as people and loved; they ask also to be helped to realize their dreams.

Usually they refuse to enter an institution which deprives them of their freedom and prevents them from ddeciding about their life. Moreover the institution submits them to the adults, separates them from their boy friend, their girl friend, their children.

They can recognize themselves only in a project built by themselves, so the dream was born, together with them, of a self-operated movement by the street children, to improve their life conditions and defend their rights.

Their vitality, gladness, deep desire to live, their sense of friendship have impressed us so much that we have decided to work on a new project with them, something considered impossible by many people: a movement run by the street children.

The dream came true with the birth of MOJOCA (Movimiento de los Jóvenes de la Calle)

Objectives of the project:

  • to accompany the girls and the boys in their process of integral, scholastic, professional and personal education
  • to support youngsters who whish to leave the street in their research of a job and an accommodation, and of course in the realisation of their life project
  • to reinforce the self-supported groups of the girls who left the street (“Quetzalitas”) and of the boys in the same situation (“New Generation”)
  • to support the educational process of the children (Mariposas and Change Generation) of the girls who already left the street or who still live in the street
  • to reach the complete self-management of the movement
  • to put into practice the principles of  liberating friendship
  • to deepen the gender identity and women and men liberation
  • to integrate the movement in the popular movement of youngsters at national and international level

Programs to put in practice the project:

  • work in the street and  initiation to the friendship house
  • alimentation
  • hygiene and physical health
  • psychological support
  • legal assistance
  • basic and superior instruction
  • professional traininig
  • living reinsertion
  • job reinsertion
  • the Quetzalitas group
  • the New Generation group
  • the Mariposas group
  • the friendship house
  • the 8 march house
  • the friends house
  • personnel training to the movement management
  • education to the liberating friendship pedagogy
  • communication and public relations
  • integration in the popular national and international movement
  • cooperation with government and non government organisations
  • administration

Video "Princesses and dreamers in the street of Guatemala (only in Italian)






Dr. Salvatore Caputo visiting Hospicio San Jose

Kilómetro 28.5 Carretera a Bárcenas 
Santa Lucía Milpas Altas, Sacatepéques, Guatemala C.A.
Phone:+502 5885-3673 / 7830-8633 / 7830-8934
Director:  Dr. Helena Clavijo

Fighting HIV Discrimination in Guatemala.

Located on a quiet, green lot just outside of Antigua, one of Guatemala's more bustling tourist centers, "Hospicio San Jose" is one of the few facilities in Guatemala to provide integral support to people living with HIV.

Just over 50 children live at the Hospicio, where they receive antiretroviral treatment paid for by the Guatemalan government.

The same doctor and health care workers that make sure the children take their medication, eat properly and are generally in good health also tend to more than 100 HIV-positive adults who visit the hospice on an outpatient basis every month. Hospicio San Jose's clinic fills in the gaps left by public hospitals around the city, which will only see patients once every three months.


Take a good look at this adorable child. Precious little Diana is just one of dozens of children and adults living at the San Jose Hospice in the town of San Lucas, just outside of Guatemala City.

Diana's doctor who works at the hospice told, "We found out she was thrown in the garbage. Some fireman found her and brought her here. When I came here, she was about 1 month old. She was very sick. Her development and her body were abnormal.

And then I started to work with her. I started her on the proper exercises and medicine. And then she started growing, growing, growing and laughing. She was crying all the time. Then about five months ago she started to walk. She started to laugh. She started to eat." 


4 Calle 5-52 zona 13,
Guatemala, Guatemala, C.A.
Phone:+502 2277-5930
Director:  Irene Salazar

 The Guatemalan Down Syndrome Association is a Non-profit Organization founded to help children with Down Syndrome.

We work in 4 different levels:

Early Intervention Center:

Early Education                     birth to 2 years

Preschool                               3 to 5 years old

Intermediate                        6 to 10 years old

CECAP*                                11 years old and up

*CECAP is the initials in Spanish for Pre-Work Student Center. This is where are students are taught real-life skills to be able to perform a trade once they are finished at the training center.

All the levels include early stimulation, physical therapy, special education, language therapy, and in CECAP several different workshops including: baking, carpentry, horticulture, etc.

Every level requires a monthly payment, but if the family cannot afford this payment, the Association find a sponsor for that child.  You are invited to sponsor a child with a monthly donation of $20.

Currently we have almost 50 children receiving therapy every day of the week. 

Future plans include a bus for transporting the children to and from classes and to special events.  We also would like to expand our kitchen for more “hands on” every-day-living activity training.

Be a part of this dream that is coming true in Guatemala with the Down Syndrome children. 

                     IGLESIA PALABRA DE FE


Carranza, one of the poorest settlement section of the city.

The village is made up of diverse ethnic groups with a variety of cultural levels that have migrated from rural and urban areas of the country. Most population lives in precarious conditions from the point of Socio-economically, as they lack to meet their basic needs as food, housing, health and education.

Within the population are children born, grow and develop in an environment full of gaps, the parents maintain an accelerated pace of life long work hours, for their low level of education that barely managed to finish primary school, in some cases get jobs at minimum wage, allowing them to survive alone. Family can be hard at times of recreation or amusement, as important aspects of the training of children and family mental health.

Children with difficulty manage to be enrolled in school but face the problem that parents can not afford the school supply and creates so much frustration, they must drop out by creating the need to work at an early age.

The children with difficulty manage to be enrolled in school but face the problem that parents can not afford to purchase the school supply and creates so much frustration, they must drop out by creating the need to work at an early age.

Of all the factors, the most affecting and gives rise to other problems affecting the increase in crime is the unequal distribution of income, since the greater the inequality of wealth distribution, worst education, health and housing , which are associated with high crime rates,

Please help us!

Contact: Caputo Children's Fund

                                ASOCIACION LUZ DE FATIMA

 0 Calle 20-62 zona 15 Vista Hermosa 2
Guatemala, Guatemala C.A
Tel: +502  23696204 / 42900673
Contact: Licda. Bárbara Cofiño Vides
Asociación Luz de Fátima is in charge of a children´s shelter in which along with people like you gives children a loving house, physical and psychological health,  nutrition, education, protection and legal assistance.

It is also our job to act as an auxiliary of the Juvenile Courts of Guatemala, of the National Adoption Center (Centro Nacional de Adopciones), and of the Attorney General's Office of the Republic (Procuraduría General de la Nación).

Our shelter has all the necessary facilities to provide an integral social service that includes specialized and loving care of minors. Currently our shelter has capacity to meet the needs of more the 28 children and we are taking care of children from 0 years old to 7 years old. We admit in our shelter any children that needs our protection specially those who suffer undernourishment, to whom we provide specialized pediatric services and early stimulation.

                 Liceo Mixto Cristiano Para Las Naciones

 3ª  ave 6ta calle No. 198 Colonia San José Jocotales
Chinautla, Guatemala.
Contact: Wilfredo Castellanos
Te. 5414-8589 5414-8603

The school is not for profit organization, instead the institute exists to assist very low income families, and therefore, generally their children obtain education at no cost.  Most children are given of scholarship that is: there are cases in which pay 50% to 80% of normal fees and costs of study in relation to registration and monthly fees.

There are of course, costs of rent, utilities and teachers’ salaries to take care of  which, unfortunately, our income is not enough to cover monthly expenses. Our goal is to give an adequate education to children of our community.

      Asociación Viva juntos por la niñez de Guatemala

Viva together for children

Guatemala, Guatemala, C.A.
Phone:+5021239-6763 / 2439-6895
Director:  Jeannette Meza

Viva America Latina and Viva El Caribe are part of Viva International,  a worldwide  organization  based  in  England,  which  promotes  networking  through regional centers  located  in Asia, Africa,  Europe,  North  America  and Latin America. 

Vision: To provide a comprehensive answer, reliable and transforming  the  needs of children at risk around the world, so that every child and those  working with them, are fully developed according to the plan of God. We  believe that  the best  way  to  make  this  vision  a  reality  is  for  people  to work together,  combining  their  skills,  ideas,  people  and resources. 

Mission:To provide an effective  ommunity ollaboration trough  networking,  to  provide  sustainable  solutions  to  the  needs  of  children  at  risk, equipping  the  church  to  achieve  a  better  high- impact  response.



Increase the quality of prevention, care and protection of  children,  assisting  each  other  to  achieve  the  required  excellence.


Promote the increase  of concrete  actions  by  and  for children, motivating  and  equipping  a  comprehensive  response,  according  to  the  problem.


To influence key decision makers,with an effective  and  powerful  voice  that  promotes  justice  on  behalf of  the  children  at  risk.

                     EL SALVADOR - GIFT OF LIFE

Gift of Life - Regalo de Vida, El Salvador, is a Non-governmental Organization created in 1992 by a group of volunteers, united with the only one mission of giving back the health and with that, a good future to the Salvadoran children of very scarce resources with different kind of heart diseases and other pathologies that cannot be treated here in El Salvador.


 Avenida San Lorenzo No.228, Col. El Refugio,
San Salvador, El Salvador.
(503) 2226 - 5656



 The Problem

The national resources, economics as well as in technology, are more limited. According to the figures given by the children hospital Benjamin Bloom, 45% of cases of dead in children that are not even 1 year old, the causes are congenital deformations cardiovascular, the average of age of children attended is 2.6 years old and 70% come from the urban areas, the rest are from the rural areas, even though we assume that in the rural zones the children have no diagnostic and they died at very early age. From 10 to 12 children died every month in the hospital because of pulmonary complications originated by congenic illness from the heart.

Delmy Alejandra Bernal, above, (10 years) Traveled to Boston, Mass. with his ninth surgeryat the SHRINERS BURN HOSPITAL, Boston, Massachusetts of a Giant Congenital Nevo Melanocytic which covers 70% of her body .- In this trip where realized two surgeries, so she will remain 4 months in that country.

HEALING THE CHILDREN NE, is the International Agency that since 7 years has being managing and coordinating the surgeries of Delmy Alejandra in United States .

Thanks to them, (especially Faye Barry), the doctors and staff of the hospital, Delmy is recovering, because due to her problem , she's being a shy girl but very smart, sweet, studious and brave, as she has accepted her situation with great fortitude. 

The capacity installation in the Bloom Hospital allows only two surgeries by week (less than 100 surgeries in a year and with the support of the International Medical Expeditions, they can make at least 150) reason why the waiting list is growing every single day, at this moment there are approximately 300 children in a waiting list, plus those that can not go there because they can not have the surgery here in the country.

The heart surgery is extremely expensive, overseas the price is in between $60.000.00 y $120.000.00, that is why the only way that they can be possible is with the help of external sources and the collaboration of people and organizations that can give them the support locally.

To all the people and institutions that have been a great help to our children and always contribute with us in order to give them a Gift of Life

The capacity installation in the Bloom Hospital allows only two surgeries by week (less than 100 surgeries in a year and with the support of the International Medical Expeditions, they can make at least 150) reason why the waiting list is growing every single day, at this moment there are approximately 300 children in a waiting list, plus those that can not go there because they can not have the surgery here in the country.

The heart surgery is extremely expensive, overseas the price is in between $60.000.00 y $120.000.00, that is why the only way that they can be possible is with the help of external sources and the collaboration of people and organizations that can give them the support locally.

To all the people and institutions that have been a great help to our children and always contribute with us in order to give them a Gift of Life!

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