Orphan Outreach is partnering with ministry programs in Guatemala City, as well as working in the communities of Panabaj and Lemoa. Read below to learn more about our partner programs in Guatemala and how you can get more involved in changing the life of a child.
Late in 2009, Orphan Outreach began partnering with Ceracaif, a privately run orphanage located thirty-minutes outside of Xela, Guatemala’s second-largest city. Ceracaif is the fruit of sacrifice—the result of one couple from Mexico, Ciro and Maria Teresa Murguia, and their willingness to die to their own comfort and security for the sake of children who needed a home.

After retirement the couple sold their possessions and moved to Guatemala’s western highlands, a coffee-growing region. They bought land, built a building, and took in abandoned children who had nowhere else to go. Today the couple’s two daughters, Lourdes and Teresa carry on the work of caring for 60 to 70 children, ages 3 and up. Serving Christ in countless acts of service, the two women are model multi-taskers. In addition to providing a loving home for all of the children, the orphanage property houses a school for all the children.

In 2010, mission teams to CERECAIF ministered to the children, taught bread making, helped with daily chores, completed a chicken coup and much needed painting. Orphan Outreach is working to provide funding for additional teachers, computers and school supplies. Ongoing needs include food staples, vitamins, and clothing. “We are looking for churches or individuals who want to come alongside and serve these children with us,” adds Mike Douris, President of Orphan Outreach.

Ministry Opportunities
Mission trips to provide sports camps, VBS, medical/dental, teacher training, and remodeling projects.
Financial support for large projects including school remodeling and a playground.
Financial commitment for operations of the school.
Prayer that the Lord will provide for the orphanage and school.
Panabaj is a small village on Lake Atitlan just outside the city of Santiago.  On October 4, 2005, torrential rains from hurricane Stan caused massive mud slides down the face of the volcano next to the village.  Over 1,000 people died and the village was buried under volcanic mud, rock and debris.  Most of the people live in temporary housing in a field adjacent to the village as it is slowly being rebuilt.  The hospital, school and police station were destroyed.  The families are still struggling even after almost three years and many children are not going to school.

In the midst of this tragedy, a Baptist pastor who grew up in this community has taken a leadership role in helping minister to those affected by the crisis.  Pastor Diego has partnered with Orphan Outreach to create a private Christian School in his church to meet the needs of many of the children who do not have access to education.  The school opened its doors in January 2009 as a preschool and elementary (Kindergarten, Prepa, First and Second) with approximately 120 students. 

Ministry Opportunities
Mission trips to provide sports camps, VBS, medical/dental, teacher training, remodeling projects and house building.
Financial support to provide for furnishings and educational materials for the school.
Financial commitment for operations of the school.
Pastor training and ministry opportunities with local churches.
Prayer that the Lord will provide for the new school, bless the students and teachers and have an impact on the community.
In 2009, Orphan Outreach learned about Mama Carmen, a devoted Christian woman who runs a private Christian orphanage near the city dump.  For over 30 years Mama Carmen has been keeping a promise to God to care for children in need.  Mama Carmen cares for 60 children on a full time basis and an additional 40 daily for day care.  Many of the children she serves are “special needs” and she is committed to not turn away any children. She provides for the children with full faith that God will lead people to become involved in meeting all their needs.

Orphan Outreach has provided for financial needs for food, electricity and new bunk beds. Teams have visited to do crafts, bring humanitarian aid and VBS. Currently, we are working with another ministry, Life of Hope, to help with a long term building and staffing plan.


Ministry Opportunities
Mission trips to provide VBS activities for the children, medical/dental needs or renovations/construction for the orphanage.
Financial support for school supplies, backpacks, uniforms, vitamins and medical needs, renovations and educational materials.
Financial support to move the orphanage to a permanent location.
Prayer support for the children and the staff who minister to them and also for protection and health for the children.
Serving approximately 550 children in education through sixth grade, early intervention support, health and nutrition and evangelism.  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.  Mrs. Patty Arzu, wife of the mayor of Guatemala City runs and supports the schools through her foundation.  There are three schools: one for preschoolers (Los Patitos), school age girls (Las Rosas), and school age boys (Los Cedros.)

Orphan Outreach is partnering with Mrs. Arzu and her foundation to provide humanitarian aid, curriculum and teacher training, school support and supplies.

Ministry Opportunities
Mission trips to provide VBS activities for the children, medical/dental needs or renovations/construction for the school.
Financial support for school supplies, backpacks, uniforms, vitamins and medical needs, renovations and educational materials.
Financial support to move the schools to a permanent location.
Prayer support for the children and the staff who minister to them and also for protection and health for the children.
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Facts About Guatemala
Population: 12,728,111 (July 2007)
Birth Rate: 29.09 births/1,000 population
Death Rate: 5.27 deaths/1,000 population
Infant Mortality Rate total:
29.77 deaths/1,000 live births
Population below poverty line: 56.2% (2004)
Est. # people living with HIV/AIDS:
61,000; 0.9% adult (15-49) prevalence rate (2005)
Unemployment rate: 3.2% (2005)
Literacy Rate (age 15 + can read & write):
69.1% total population
Estimated 370,000 children (0-17)
orphaned (2005)
Type of Government: Representative democracy
Language(s): Spanish (60%); Amerindian languages (40%)
Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant, and indigenous Mayan beliefs
Guatemala is located in Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico, and bordering the Caribbean Sea between Honduras and Belize.
UNICEF estimates that there are more than 370,000 orphans in Guatemala and at least 5,000 children live on the streets of the capital, abandoned by mothers who are too poor to keep them.
Only 24 percent of the population attends Secondary school (1996-2005).
Only 58 percent of municipalities have a secondary school.
Five out of 10 students who enter primary school in urban areas complete primary school, as opposed to only two out of 10 in rural areas.
Some 67 percent of indigenous children suffer from chronic malnutrition.
27 percent of all children under 5 are underweight.
The distribution of income remains highly unequal with about 56% of the population below the poverty line.
The indigenous population, the Maya, make up about half of the population. Mayan languages are spoken alongside Spanish, the official tongue. Many Guatemalans are of mixed Amerindian-Hispanic origin.
Guatemalans live in one of the most inequitable societies in the region. Poverty is particularly widespread in the countryside and among indigenous communities. Illiteracy, infant mortality and malnutrition are among the highest in the region, life expectancy is among the lowest and, in common with many of its neighbors, the country is plagued by organized crime and violent street gangs.
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