|About||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:
To promote and improve the general welfare and the social position of women, children and families on the poverty line and therefore are or were in difficult living situations.
Education is the key in this process. The road to independence is long and leads along many roads. These roads will be different for each participant, because every person is unique. Caras Alegres looks, listens and communicates with its members and based on their needs we built for the future.
We want to reach our goal by:
- Maintaining small-scale projects with educational aspects;
- Having the active (Guatemalan) team in place, in balance with (paid) experts from all over the world;
- Making use of local products and resources;
- Using norms and values of the Guatemalan culture and traditional aspects;
- Maintain partnerships with educational and social organizations in Guatemala and abroad.
|Founded||5th of July 2004|