Our mission: To enhance the lives of Guatemala’s least fortunate children by nourishing their bodies as well as their minds with nutritional, educational and medical initiatives. To also facilitate emergency relief to surrounding communities suffering from natural and man-made disasters.
Our vision: To move from community to community, as we gather support, in the poor Highlands of Central America administering our programs.
Our values: To create a minimal amount of dependency. We want to help this next generation become healthier, wiser and more self-reliant, so they can become better able to care for themselves and their children.
However, helping in a third world country is complicated. We have learned from experience that it is difficult to figure just how to help, especially if you don’t want to create dependency. Many of these people are living in the 18th and 19th century, and there is no single or simple thing you can do to move them into the 21st century. It is a slow process and is best done through the children who are more flexible intellectually and emotionally.
The problems in this country, which are centuries old, are too big for us to change overnight. It will be the next generation—the children we are helping—that will change the future for the Highlands community. Hence our programs are concentrated on the children. We do not discriminate with regard to sex and want all young girls to have the same opportunities as their brothers. It is obvious that as mothers they will do more to shape the future of their country than any other single factor.
With this in mind we have these basic types of programs:
How your donations are used. There are many stories of non-profits whose overhead runs 60%-70%. This is tragic for the folks needing the help and deceptive to the folks wanting to give help. Casa de Sion is fortunate to have virtually no US overhead, and all of us work without salary from Safe Homes for Children, our US non-profit organization. You can be assured when partnering with us that your money will be going into programs in one of the neediest areas of the world and not into someone’s pockets. Many NGOs don’t care about this, but we do. We are here for the long haul. We want your trust and to get it, we must be honest and transparent.