Our Goal is for each disabled child to reach his or
her full potential wrapped in the warm embrace of our caring family.
God loves them and has a wonderful plan for their lives. To us it means their days should be filled with hugs and kisses, fun activities and learning, caring personal attention and real advancement in life skills.
Every disabled child is a soul that must be saved. We make the Gospel message clear and teach them the Word of God as the guidebook of life, providing a clean protected environment where they can grow healthy in every way. We want our children to become productive adults with a strong personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Our Home is specifically for disabled orphaned children rejected by homes for normal children AND children whose impoverished families cannot take care of them because of their special needs. Our School is for children who cannot gain access to an education in the over-crowded Guatemalan public school system due to their disabilities or the ridicule of other students. Some of the children have severe hearing or vision deficits, microcephaly, learning disabilities, hydrocephaly, cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, attention disorders or sensory integration difficulties. The school provides kindergarten through sixth grade, with adult education being added next year.
Beginning in 2003 with one child in the home and eight students in the school, the home now has 26 special needs children with many more waiting to come in. We get calls every week to receive new children and we plan to open a second location this year.
Los Gozosos provides a secure, loving environment with personal attention to each child’s individual needs where they learn at their own pace. Our children receive physical, speech, and occupational therapy guided by licensed therapists then repeated by our nannies each day.
Our students participate in Bible and English class, as well as learning the local Mayan dialect, Cakchiquel, and all the loveliness of the local indigenous culture.
We started the first in 2003 and, in 2007, the second Special Ed school in the area. Many disabled children here are rejected by their families who keep them hidden at home, often left alone tied into a bed so the mother can go out to work or even abandoned to die on the street. Some are abandoned at a government hospital where they languish from the impersonal care.