Sunday, October 20, 2013

Guatemalan Association of Down Syndrome [Guatemala City]

As we shared in our most recent update, we are now serving with Orphan Outreach. In an effort to keep all of you informed, encourage you to pray, and allow you to get to know those we are ministering to on a deeper level, we're doing a series of posts highlighting each place we will be serving at.

First, we want to share with you about the Gautemalan Association of Down Syndrome, located in Guatemala City, Gautemala.

In 2012, Orphan Outreach began helping the Guatemalan Association of Down Syndrome (AGSD-Asociacion Guatemalteca para el Sindrome de Down) in Gautemala City. The goal of AGSD is to support children with Down Syndrome so they can have access to specialized care, stimulation and education. 

AGSD was founded in 2005 by Alfredo and Irene Salazar, two years after their son Alfredo Salazar was born with Down Syndrome. They founded the school after discovering the urgent need to provide support, schooling, and therapies to children with Down Syndrome in Guatemala City. The couple sold their house and used those funds to start the Association. 

The Association helps families from extreme poverty situations and orphans. Their goal is to provide support to the families and provide high quality service. They currently serve 40 children and 10 babies. 

Orphan Outreach provides monthly sponsorship of all of the children at the school and provides funding for school supplies and other urgent needs. Short term missions teams have served at the school, enjoyed crafts and played with the children, and brought supplies. 

We are so excited to be a part of this AMAZING ministry, to come alongside those already serving these children, and to encourage and support them. 

We are humbled by the opportunity to minister to children like Diana - 

1 comment:

  1. I seriously have a heart for children with Down Syndrome and would ABSOLUTELY LOVE to take a missions trip to this school this summer. I was wondering if you would be willing to email me ( ) the name and contact information of the person in charge of the school so that I can get in touch with him/her. Many thanks,
    Caroline Harrington