27 February 2009

Somos Children's Village

Today's organization is working towards a significant goal- building a village for abandoned and orphaned children in Guatemala.

The Somos Project is creating Children's Village, housing 49 children, in seven homes with seven foster mothers raising the household of children. These children will not be adopted out. The homes are meant to be long-term,  creating a permanent foster family. The Village will focus on education, leadership, and the arts, with the children attending the local community school.

Beyond the seven homes, the Village will also have buildings for activities, guest rooms, art and music workshops, a library, administrative space, a larger playground and soccer field. The Village will be eco-sustainable, with alternative power, rain water capture, grey water recycling, solar energy, and organic gardens and orchards.  

The Village is working with the local Guatemalan community. Children's Village will be managed by the Village Director, who is a local Guatemalan. More local Guatemalans will be employed in various areas of the Village.

I urge you to visit the site. It's filled with detailed information about every aspect of the project. There is a very clear mission, and very clear plan how to achieve that mission. This is a wonderful project to provide a loving home and happy life for children whose young lives have already experience a great deal of sadness. For more information about Project Somos' progress or how you can get involved please visit their site.

1 comment:

  1. Gail LasiukMarch 01, 2009

    I am following news of Project SOMOS from the frosty Canadian prairies. In a world of information OVERLOAD I know there are literally countless worthwhile projects out there. I favour SOMOS because it is a group of average citizens who want to effect change in areas of need around the globe. This heartens me: Project SOMOS reminds me that I too can make a difference, even as one individual, even over great distances. I sometimes lose sight of this. Thank you for featuring this and other excellent initiatives.