New photos and a graduation!

posted Jan 16, 2020, 4:11 PM by Board Member   [ updated Jan 16, 2020, 4:14 PM ]

We have posted a new album on Flickr: Theophany 2020. Missionaries from the snowy tundra of Minnesota were here to celebrate with us. We thank them for offering their time talents. There are over 300 photos which include the blessing of the zone 1 campus. Here are a few photos:
Theophany Vigil 

Theophany Liturgy
AXIOS! to the newly ordained
Deacon Philip, our longtime Friend. 

Great Blessing of Water

Great Blessing of Water


Blessing of Lake Amatitlán
Blessing of Lake Amatitlán

Blessing of the Zone 1 Campus


Blessing of the Zone 1 Campus
Blessing of the Municipality Workshop School classrooms
Blessing of the Municipality Workshop School Offices
Blessing of the pool

Blessing of IEIRA University Offices

Blessing of IEIRA University Offices

Blessing of the businesses on our block
Blessing of the Municipality Special Education School classrooms
Blessing of the Municipality Special Education School classrooms
Blessing of the Municipality Special Education School classrooms

To see more photos, 
please go to the 
Theophany 2020 album
on Flickr 

Congratulations to Isabel who graduated from high school. Those photos are on our Graduates page.

2019 Nativity photos

posted Jan 2, 2020, 10:00 AM by Board Member   [ updated Jan 2, 2020, 10:35 AM ]

We have added a new Flickr photo Album - Nativity 2019. (some photos below)

Some of the photos in the Flickr album are from the Tefel Foundation Christmas party.
We thank this family for their continued generosity to the children and for the remembrance of Mariu de Tefel. 
May her memory be eternal!

      Receiving antidoron
                     The Gospel
   Angel behind the iconostasis

                        All is bright
                Great Entrance

Mother Inés' 2019 Nativity Letter

posted Dec 21, 2019, 2:21 PM by Board Member

Dear Friends, 

The Nativity Letter of Mother Inés is attached. 

On behalf of the FHRA board, I thank you all for your generosity to us throughout 2019 and wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

¡Feliz Navidad!
Mother Alexandra
FHRA President

Letter from Mother Inés (pdf in English attached and original en español ajunto)

posted Nov 13, 2019, 2:22 PM by Board Member   [ updated Nov 13, 2019, 6:16 PM ]

House of Culture and Mercy

Rafael Ayau House


October 31, 2019

Dear Friends of the Hogar Rafael Ayau,


Since 2007, the government passed a law that prohibited the existence of private homes for orphaned and abandoned minor children and adoptions made by private homes. 

We continued the work in the Hogar while the government moved the population of minors little by little.  This October 30, we terminated the work with the minors as the government finished moving the children to safe homes.  This also finished the work of many of our faithful workers.


In the Hogar Rafael Ayau, a name which by mandate of the judges we can no longer use, we continue working and doing charity, being faithful to what Don Rafael Ayau founded, so we call the place CASA RAFAEL AYAU – The Rafael Ayau House. Please visit our websites at and also our FHRA Foundation website at  

In this CASA we have the residence for young men who are 18 or older.  Currently, Miguel Hernández and Carlos Ayau are there.  Miguel starts the University in January and Carlos begins the Bachillerato (High School).  Both grew up with us and that is their home. Eventually, when the other children, who moved to the safe homes, turn 18 and are consequently released from those homes (they do that), they will return to us if they wish to continue their studies.  It is a matter of two years.  We will also receive young adults who need a place to live while studying in the capital city.

In other buildings of the CASA on the Zone 1 campus, the Municipality Workshop School has been operating for a few years.  In another building, the Ministry of Education’s School for special children conducts their classes.  On the first floor of the main building, the Fundación Sigue Avanzando – Keep Moving Forward Foundation – has a great work, providing therapies to paraplegics; and on the second floor, we have the Rafael Ayau University – IEIRA – which offers online university courses with scholarships for all its students working toward a licenciatura (Bachelor’s Degree) and the online Bachillerato (High School diploma), also with scholarships for everyone.


Don Rafael Ayau can rest in peace because what he wanted for this place continues to be realized.


To you, our friends who have helped us so much to raise more than 800 children during these 23 years, we thank you.  We ask God, for each one, to bless you, and to bless your families and friends.  Without you, that work would have been impossible.  To all our employees, with whom we made a beautiful working community, we thank you.  To God, who gave us the opportunity to serve so much the minor child in need of everything, we thank Him for taking us into account for this work of love. They were wonderful years.


Now we continue, we keep moving forward, with young adults who still need us: three young ladies live with us in the Monastery, three young ladies study the university scholarships in Russia, two young men live in the CCM-Z1 and many more study in our university and in our online high school.

The work of Zone 1 and the Monastery is great and relevant. We always continue to need your help, your collaboration, in the same way as you have given to us for so many years, only we will no longer have the Christmas party with thousands of gifts, or birthdays with piñatas every month, or missionary visits every 15 days to help us with the little ones, etc., etc.  They are other times.

We hope that you visit our web pages of the Friends of the Hogar Rafael Ayau and the Casa Rafael Ayau, and that we continue to collaborate with the many children and young people in need of education.

We are immensely grateful to you for your generosity and we hope you enjoy the presentation of photos of those years that you will find on the Casa Rafael Ayau website.

With great love in Jesus Christ and eternal thanks,

Mother Inés, Mother María, Mother Ivonne, Mother Alexandra, and all the children of the HRA

New FLICKR Album!

posted May 3, 2019, 9:27 AM by Board Member   [ updated May 3, 2019, 9:29 AM ]

Christ is risen! We had a peaceful Lent, and then a blessed Holy Week and Pascha. BIG is God!!!
Now we have posted a new FLICKR album with all of the
Holy Week and Pascha 2019 photos. Enjoy!  

Click on the photo to open the album in another tab.

Nativity Card and 2018 Report from Mother Inés

posted Dec 10, 2018, 5:23 PM by Board Member   [ updated May 3, 2019, 4:21 PM ]

Dear Friends, 
We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and are enjoying 
preparations for the Christmas Season. Your generous support of the children 

has been a blessing in 2018 and has enabled us to do God's work with the children. 
Please find an attached Christmas card and a detailed report of our activities from Mother Inés. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Mother Alexandra
FHRA President

Elmer's Graduation from Technical School!

posted Jul 20, 2018, 10:32 AM by Board Member   [ updated Jul 20, 2018, 10:40 AM ]

This past Tuesday, July 17, 2018, we had the joy of attending Elmer de León Ramírez's graduation from the Escuela Taller Municipal, the Municipality Technical School, which we host on the zone 1 campus. Elmer is now certified in gardening, which means commercial gardening and landscaping. BIG is God for watching over him and we thank all of our Friends who have sponsored Elmer! He continues with other studies and hopes to also obtain a college degree. "Oh the places you will go!"  We have added a photo album that contains a video. Enjoy!

Repose of Mariu de Tefel, President of the Tefel Foundation

posted Mar 30, 2018, 8:59 PM by Board Member   [ updated Mar 30, 2018, 9:06 PM ]

With great sadness and hope in the Resurrection,
we learned today of the repose of Mariu de Tefel, President of the Tefel Foundation.
Throughout the years, she was a good friend to all of us,
especially to our children whom she loved as her own. (since 1996!)
Her joy and generosity will not be forgotten.
We love her and miss her already. May her memory be eternal!
Join us in remembering her family in our prayers. 

New Photos, and in the local Guatemalan news

posted Feb 24, 2018, 5:12 PM by Board Member   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 12:06 PM ]

We have published a new Flickr album - Good News in Zone 1!

Also, the Hogar Rafael Ayau has been in the paper, on TV, and on the radio. 
Everyone is excited about the court ruling in favor of the children and all the people of Guatemala!

NEW: Article published by Orthodox Christianity on February 27, 2018

Watch a segment about us on a Local Guatemalan channel - Chapin TV

In the newspaper:


posted Feb 22, 2018, 2:07 PM by Board Member   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 2:30 PM ]

Letter from Mother Inés



We want to make public the result obtained in regard to the AMPARO that was imposed to prevent us from being evicted from the building known as Hogar Rafael Ayau, which was given to us by usufruct in 1996 for 50 years, to do work of mercy. The situation was resolved in our favor, for which we are very grateful. This allows us to continue with the work for children, that until now we have been doing. We thank God for His protection and fidelity. We thank Mr. Hugo Marroquin who was in charge of the legal matters before the competent authorities until obtaining the present result. We also thank all those people, and private and public institutions, who in one way or another were attentive and collaborative during the course of this process. We hope that this acknowledgment reaches the 7.1 million people who supported this cause for children. We thank the social media who gave us the opportunities to be able to claim JUSTICE, for having provided us with disinterested coverage so that our voice could reach the people who gave us their support along this path. We thank the magistrates of the Constitutional Court, who in issuing their decision and granting us the protection, and therefore the protection of Human Rights, gave clear evidence, that in Guatemala, the light of justice can shine. And, we thank God again, our Lord, for his kindness, protection and fidelity. On behalf of the children and adolescents that make up our home, on my behalf Mother Inés Ayau Garcia and the nuns with me, and Mr. Hugo Marroquín, we thank you in a simple way from the depths of our hearts. THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND GOD BLESS YOU.

(A downloadable PDF of this letter is below.) 

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