Caras Alegres, Spanish for 'happy faces' is a Dutch organization based in Guatemala (Central America) in the city Quetzaltenango, helping families and children living in poverty.
The foundation Caras Alegres supports mostly (indigenous) women and children, as these groups are the most vulnerable with the least
Quetzaltenango (a.k.a Xela) is Guatemala's second largest city. For the high- class (and also the middle-class living in and around this city) there are many possibilities, good primary education and secondary education with accessible jobs. But unfortunately there are still too many people affected by the prolonged civil war and the continuing corruption; they are living under and around the poverty line. For these people the above mentioned features are often inaccessible.
‘Caras Alegres’ is established in the neighborhood ‘Las Rosas’, just outside of the city. Many children are outcasted from education because they are begging, doing (heavy) work and are exposed to drugs and crime. This also applies to many women from the neighborhood, they live in oppression and are a victim of mistreatment and abuse.
Although ‘Las Rosas’ is a deprived area with many families living in poor circumstances, we feel the potency of these people. However, the resources and knowledge to this feeling into concrete activities is lacking.
Caras Alegres feels and sees the daily struggle of the residents and has chosen to support and help these people in their fight against poverty and in the struggle for independence.
Each participant has the ability to develop capacities despite difficult backgrounds. The discovery and development of each of these capabilities is the mission of Caras Alegres.
The main objective of Caras Alegres is:
|Founded||5th of July 2004|