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General update and looking for a sponsor

posted Jul 22, 2017, 10:05 AM by Madre Alexandra   [ updated Jul 22, 2017, 10:08 AM ]

Nothing has changed in regard to the legal situation. We await responses regarding the zone 1 property and the guardianship of the minor children. All the youth in our care continue as before with their daily activities. Since the academic year in Guatemala begins in January and ends in November, no one is on break at this time. You can imagine that they are counting the days! Our University students, depending on their respective institution and location, are studying or on break.  Some have work or internships associated with their field of study. 

We are looking for a sponsor(s) for one of our young people who will be leaving soon to begin University studies. He has been with us since he was a small child and many will know him. In the last year, he has been with us at the Monastery working in various areas: in the iconography studio with Mother Maria, with the center for Mayan Studies, in our Church and on our grounds. Studying his desired field in a University is his dream come true! He has a scholarship for studies abroad, but as with all families, we need to supply funds monthly for educational materials, food, clothing, transportation, medical, or any other personal needs. If you are interested in assisting, please contact Mother Alexandra at madrealexandraFHRA@gmail.com for details. 

New photos - Pentecost 2017

posted Jun 5, 2017, 1:32 PM by Madre Alexandra


Sunday was the Patronal Feast of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity. Many joined Igumeni Madre Inés and the monastic community
for Divine Liturgy followed by a festal luncheon.

We have added a new Flickr album --> Pentecost 2017 

Important Message from Igumeni Madre Inés - Importante Mensaje de Igumeni Madre Inés

posted May 13, 2017, 8:04 AM by Madre Alexandra   [ updated May 14, 2017, 9:57 AM ]

Very dear friends in Christ, Cristo ha resucitado!


The following message is a translation of a message posted for the Guatemalans last Friday and translated by a nice volunteer. It will be followed by the official resignation to the Usufruct on Monday addressed to the President of the Country.


I will send to friends of the Foundation on Tuesday, a full report, to all of you that have been and are the greatest financial and friendly supporters on these children. Your love for them has been unlimited.

I will also explain what we will keep on doing for the Orthodox Church, as all these is also against the Orthodox Church.


In the risen Christ love, Mother Ines.



Dear Friends,

Several weeks have passed by since the beginning of this absurd conflict over the usufruct of “Hogar Rafael Ayau”.
We should all agree and struggle to get the abandoned children of our country ahead. Our energy and work should be focused towards good deeds. But sadly it is not so. The theory is already said and it is pointless to repeat it. The extreme personal interests cannot meet the interest of people, as though they were opposed.

This battle that we have fought together to keep the Home, this support received from 7.1 million Guatemalans and from all the media but one, has been an extraordinary demonstration of what Guatemalans consider is correct, noble, and worthy. It has been indeed a pleasure to experience it, and a blessing living it! We thank you for your support. Nonetheless, it has fallen on deaf ears, deafened by a market with loudspeakers, a disrespectful market where the country's urgent needs are shouted but they crash against the interests of others. Everyone shouts. Nobody listens. Sense, sanity and respect are over. This is not a voluntary and free exchange market of positive actions and ideas, but it is thunderous mercantilism. Politics still attracts this kind of persons, we have not come out from feudalism.

I am writing this to tell you with great sadness that we are going to leave the property donated for charity by my great-grandfather, Don Rafael Ayau, in 1856; and which in 1996 former President Arzú, asked us to accept in usufruct for 50 years. We received it abandoned, looted and ruined. We fixed it with the help of Guatemalans and it was rehabilitated.
Now, after 20 years, when it is still being done a daily extraordinary work in benefit of 400 youngsters in risk, President Morales is asking it back for the governmental institution of Social Welfare. In three occasions I have sought for a dialogue with the President, but it has not been possible. I have sent him reports and intelligence, but without success. With your support we have struggled to keep it. We even presented an action for Constitutional tort (Amparo in Guatemalan law) against the Attorney General of the Nation. But the authorities want the property. This has nothing to do with the human torch they did in the (IN)Secure Home (Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción), which has gone unpunished, since this is an earlier order from the President. Dialogue has not been possible. At the present, legal contracts are not respected, it is lied with impunity, everywhere there is slandering, they even threaten life, etc. It is no longer a useful and dignified struggle.

You have witnessed that during 20 years we have attended more than one thousand abandoned children, that had suffered from abuses that are not even written. We have welcomed them with great affection, with family love, giving them quality of life in every respect, providing them with the best education and the best therapies in order to recover their lost dignity and give them what they lacked from due to their abandonment; putting them before God, before Jesus, the only healer of our hearts and who says: “If your father and your mother abandon you, I do not.” Thus giving them back the hope of love, giving them the opportunity to grow in their Christian faith; making them our family so that they could later make their own families. The ones that have already left, always come back as any child comes back home, to the place where he is loved, they come for holidays and anniversaries with their families. The hundreds of children who were adopted by wonderful families, keep contact with us as children who live afar. Those who have wanted to pursue university studies have also found the opportunity and they are successful professionals by now, the same happened with the ones who preferred more technical works.

We still have under our responsibility our youngsters who are of age, and the ones who study with half fellowships in Russia: Moscow, Ghzel, Kazan, Bielgorod and also the ones who study in Guatemala at the Universities Galileo and Mariano Gálvez and at the Experimental University on line Rafael Ayau (www.ieira.edu.gt), which is pending approval by the Council of Superior Private Education (CEPS, by its initials in Spanish).
And if the Juvenile courts allow it, we will keep helping the 12 adolescents who are under age, with all their studies, providing them a home, healthy food, amusements and family love. They are with us since they were babies and the laws never permitted their adoption.
Hogar Rafael Ayau will then come to be managed for charity by the governmental Social Welfare or by whom the President designates. If they wish they will continue the works that are currently being done but under their direction.
Not everything is lost, this demonstration of support that we have received and that we thank a thousand of times, also encourages us, and even though at this time it seems like honest Guatemalans have lost a battle, the 7.1 million of us and the whole media (but one) are making reasonable changes, and we know we can. Little by little, persevering in the good and the noble, making our voice be heard whenever possible, we will reach a happy Guatemala.

We will keep on working wherever we can, whenever we can, making alliances with persons we can count on, like you. We keep on counting on you for everything.

Thank very much. Let´s keep on building our beautiful country.
Let us live with the dignity of children of God our Father, being merciful as He is.

Let us keep the constant prayer that protects us: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.
We remember you in our prayers all the time. Count on us as we do count on you. Thank you. Blessings for each one and a thousand thanks from us the Orthodox Catholic nuns of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity.
Igumeni Madre Inés

[official translation by Ana María]



Queridos amigos,
Ya han pasado varias semanas desde que inició este conflicto absurdo con el Usufructo del Hogar Rafael Ayau.
Todos debiéramos estar de acuerdo y luchar por sacar adelante a los menores abandonados de nuestro país. Nuestras energías y trabajo debiera estar enfocado hacia hacer buenas obras. Pero tristemente no es así. La teoría ya está dicha y es inútil repetirla. Los intereses personales extremos no logran encontrarse con los intereses de la gente, como si fueran opuestos.

Esta batalla que hemos llevado juntos por mantener el Hogar Rafael Ayau, este apoyo recibido de 7.1 millones de guatemaltecos y de todos los medios de comunicación menos uno, ha sido una manifestación extraordinaria sobre lo que los guatemaltecos consideramos lo correcto, lo noble, lo digno. ¡Ha sido un gusto experimentarlo, una bendición vivirlo! Les agradecemos todo su apoyo. Sin embargo ha caído en oídos sordos, ensordecidos por un mercado con altoparlantes, un mercado irrespetuoso donde se gritan las necesidades urgentes del país pero se estrellan contra intereses ajenos. Todos gritan. Nadie escucha. Se acabó la cordura, la sensatez, el respeto. Eso no es un mercado de intercambio libre y voluntario de ideas y acciones positivas, sino un mercantilismo estruendoso. La política todavía atrae a personas así, no hemos salido del feudalismo.
Les escribo esto para comunicarles con gran tristeza que sí nos vamos a retirar del inmueble que donó mi tatarabuelo, Don Rafael Ayau, en 1856 para obras de caridad y que en 1986 el entonces Presidente Arzú nos pidió aceptáramos en Usufructo a 50 años. Lo recibimos abandonado, saqueado, en ruinas. Lo arreglamos con la ayuda de los guatemaltecos y resurgió. 

Ahora a los 20 años, cuando se sigue haciendo una obra extraordinaria en beneficio de 400 jóvenes en riesgo diariamente, el Presidente Morales lo pide de regreso para Bienestar Social. He buscado por tres veces un diálogo con el Presidente pero no ha sido posible. Le he enviado reportes e informes, pero sin éxito. Con ustedes hemos hecho la lucha por mantenerlo. Hasta pusimos un Amparo contra la Procuradora de la Nación. Pero las autoridades quieren el inmueble. Esto no tiene nada que ver con la antorcha humana que hicieron en el Hogar (IN)Seguro, que ha quedado impune, pues la orden del Presidente es anterior. Pero no ha sido posible el diálogo. Actualmente no se respetan los contratos, se miente impunemente, se calumnia a diestra y siniestra, amenazan hasta con la vida, etc. Ha dejado de ser una lucha útil y digna.
Ustedes son testigos que en 20 años hemos servido a más de mil niños abandonados, que han sufrido los abusos que no están escritos. Los hemos acogido con gran cariño, con amor de familia, dándoles calidad de vida en todos los sentidos, proveyéndolos con la mejor educación y las mejores terapias que recuperan su dignidad perdida y les dan lo que les faltó por su abandono; poniéndolos delante de Dios, de Jesús, el único que sana nuestros corazones y les dice: "si tu padre y tu madre te abandonan, Yo no" devolviéndoles así la esperanza del amor, dándoles la oportunidad de crecer en su fe cristiana; haciéndolos nuestra familia para que puedan hacer sus propias familias. Los que ya se han ido regresan como regresa cualquier hijo a su casa donde se le quiere, para las fiestas y aniversarios con sus familias. Los cientos que se fueron adoptados con familias maravillosas, mantienen el contacto con nosotras como hijos que viven lejos. Los que han querido seguir estudios universitarios han tenido la oportunidad y son profesionales exitosos, igualmente que los que han preferido trabajos más técnicos.

Aún tenemos bajo nuestra responsabilidad a nuestros jóvenes mayores de edad, los que estudian semi-becados en Rusia: Moscú, Ghzel, Kazan, Bielgorod y también los que estudian en Guatemala en la Galileo, en la Mariano Galvez y en la U experimental en línea Rafael Ayau (en proceso de aprobación en CEPS) www.ieira.edu.gt
Y si los Juzgados de Menores lo permiten, seguiremos ayudando a los 12 jóvenes adolescentes menores de edad con todos sus estudios, dándoles casa, comida sana, diversiones y amor de familia. Ellos están con nosotras desde bebés y las leyes nunca permitieron que se fueran adoptados.
El Hogar Rafael Ayau pasará entonces a ser administrado para hacer caridad por Bienestar Social o por quien el Presidente designe. Si lo desean, continuarán las obras que actualmente se hacen pero bajo su dirección.

No todo está perdido. Esta manifestación de apoyo que hemos recibido y agradecemos mil veces, también da esperanza pues aunque en este momento pareciera que los guatemaltecos honestos perdimos esta batalla, los 7.1 millones de nosotros y la prensa en pleno (menos uno) vamos haciendo cambios razonables y sí se puede. Poco a poco, perseverando en lo bueno y lo noble, haciendo oír nuestra voz cuando se pueda, lograremos una Guatemala feliz.

Seguiremos trabajando donde se pueda, cuando se pueda, haciendo alianzas con personas con quien se pueda contar, como ustedes. Seguimos contando con ustedes en todo.
Mil gracias a todos. Sigamos adelante construyendo nuestro lindo país.

Vivamos con la dignidad de hijos de Dios nuestro Padre, siendo misericordiosos como Él es.

Y mantengamos la oración constante que nos protege: Santo Dios, Santo Fuerte, Santo Inmortal, Ten piedad de nosotros. 
Los recordamos en nuestras oraciones todo el tiempo. Cuentan con nosotras así como contamos con ustedes. Gracias. Bendiciones para cada uno y mil gracias de parte de nosotras las monjas católicas ortodoxas del Monasterio de la Santísima Trinidad.
Igumeni Madre Inés


Timeline of events - Línea de tiempo de eventos

posted Mar 23, 2017, 5:28 PM by Madre Alexandra   [ updated Jul 22, 2017, 9:48 AM ]

In response to our friends who have emailed us, a timeline has been generated. We share it with you all. 
En respuesta a nuestros amigos que nos han enviado un correo electrónico, se ha generado una línea de tiempo. Lo compartimos con todos ustedes.
Pido disculpas por adelantado por el español si es pobre en algunos lugares. El español no es mi primera lengua. -Madre Alexandra


+March 8:  There was fire at a government home, Hogar Seguro in San José Pinula, located on the outskirts of Guatemala City. It was the result of terrible abuses. For more information, see the New Yorker article
+8 de marzo: + 8 de marzo: Hubo un incendio en una casa del gobierno, Hogar Seguro en San José Pinula, ubicada en las afueras de la ciudad de Guatemala. Fue el resultado de abusos terribles. Para obtener más información, consulte el artículo de El Periódico

+Immediately, Igumeni Madre Inés responded by sending a message to President Morales stating that we would be willing to receive children displaced by the fire. Additionally, at the insistence of Guatemalan citizens, a petition to the government was developed to demand that the government change back to the original civil law to allow adoptions and to restore the oversight of abandoned children to the Judges of the Juvenile Court in order to stop the abuses. 
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Inmediatamente, Igumeni Madre Inés respondió enviando un mensaje al Presidente Morales indicando que estaríamos dispuestos a recibir a algunos niños desplazados por el fuego. Además, por insistencia de los ciudadanos guatemaltecos, se formuló una petición al gobierno para exigir que el gobierno cambie de nuevo a la ley civil original para permitir las adopciones y restablecer la supervisión de los niños abandonados a los Jueces del Tribunal de Menores para detener los abusos.

+March 14:  We made our first visit to the Congress in downtown Guatemala City for the Peaceful Protest "Abused Never Again" to honor the 40 teenage girls who died and to formally deliver the petition signed by the citizens of Guatemala to the Representatives of the Congress. photos of the first visit
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14 de marzo: Hicimos nuestra primera visita al Congreso en el centro de la ciudad de Guatemala para la protesta pacífica "¡AbusadosNUNCAmás!" para honrar a las 40 adolescentes que murieron y entregar formalmente la petición firmada por los ciudadanos de Guatemala a los Disputados del Congreso . Fotos de la primera visita

+The tragedy of the 40 girls who perished in the fire and the others who are fighting for their lives filled social media. 
+La tragedia de las 40 patojas que perecieron en el fuego y las otras que luchan por sus vidas llenaron los medios sociales.

+18 de marzo: Carta pública de Igumeni Madre Inés Ayau, original en español
+March 18:  
Public Letter from Igumeni Madre Inés
, translated by Gabriela "Gaby" Fontes 

+March 20:  The Attorney General of Guatemala sent a letter to repossess our zone 1 property that had been given to us for 50 years by usufruct. They gave us 30 days to clear out. Currently, 400 underprivileged or abandoned youth are there daily. That letter from the Attorney General is on our website in the original Spanish accompanied by an official English translation. The Letter of the Attorney General of Guatemala
+ 20 de marzo: El Procurador General de Guatemala envió una carta para recuperar nuestra propiedad de zona 1 que nos ha sido entregada por 50 años de usufructo. Nos dieron 30 días para salir. En la actualidad, hay 400 jóvenes desfavorecidos o abandonados. Esa carta del Procurador General está en nuestro sitio web en español original acompañado de una traducción oficial al inglés. La carta del Procurador General

+March 21: We made our second visit to the Congress in Guatemala City to reiterate the demands of the petition. At that time, Madre Inés was questioned about the eviction letter that had been received the previous day. 
photos of the second visit
+ 21 de marzo: Hicimos nuestra segunda visita al Congreso en Ciudad de Guatemala para reiterar las demandas de la petición. En ese momento, Madre Inés fue preguntada sobre la carta de desalojo que había recibido el día anterior. Fotos de la segunda visita

+March 20 & 21: The news of the Hogar Rafael Ayau erupted on social media and in the news. Stories about Madre Inés, the Hogar Rafael Ayau, and the monastery have flooded the news in Guatemala, and have circulated around the world.
+ 20 y 21 de marzo: La noticia del Hogar Rafael Ayau estalló en las redes sociales y en las noticias. Historias sobre Madre Inés, el Hogar Rafael Ayau y el monasterio han inundado las noticias en Guatemala y han circulado por todo el mundo.

+Since March 21, Madre Inés has appeared on the TV news, has been interviewed on the radio many times, and by various news papers and Guatemalan periodicals.
+Desde el 21 de marzo, Madre Inés ha aparecido en las noticias televisivas, ha sido entrevistada en la radio muchas veces, y por diversos periódicos y revistas guatemaltecas.
 
Entrevistas en español - Interviews in Spanish
TV en español
Artículos en español
Articles In English (We are working on translating more!)
+ 23 de marzo: Otra adolescente murió en una unidad de quemado de hospital en Galveston, Texas, con lo que el número total de fallecidos en la tragedia de Hogar Seguro a 41.

+March 24: Students who attend school at the Special Education school on the zone 1 campus, peacefully protested on behalf of the Hogar Rafael Ayau. With their teachers and parents, they walked from their school to the President, about 15+ blocks. We have added photos and videos to our Flickr album Let's Save the Hogar Rafael Ayau. 
+ 24 de marzo: Los estudiantes que asisten a la escuela de Educación Especial en el campus de la zona 1 marcharon en nombre del Hogar Rafael Ayau. Con sus maestros y padres, caminaron desde su escuela hasta al Presidente, a unos 15 cuadras más. Hemos añadido fotos y videos a nuestro álbum de Flickr, Salvemos al Hogar Rafael Ayau.

+March 30: Madre Inés and our lawyers presented an amparo to the court. See newspaper article summary 
+30 de marzo: Madre Inés y nuestros abogados presentaron un amparo a la corte. Ver el artículo de Prensa Libre

+April 25: from Igumeni Inés - "Dear friends of the children and the nuns, I send you a photo of the resolution of the provisional Amparo. It does not end here, but for the moment we move forward. We continue the struggle for the most needy children with faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has overcome death, and all that implies and surrounds it. Thank you for your unconditional support!!"
+25 de abril: de Igumeni Inés - Querido amigos de los niños y las monjas, les mando foto de lo resuelto en el Amparo provisional. No termina todo aquí pero por el momento avanzamos. Seguimos la lucha por los niños más necesitados con fe en la resurrección de Jesucristo, quien ha vencido a la muerte y todo lo que implica y la rodea. Gracias por su apoyo incondicional!!"

+July 22: Nothing has changed. We await responses regarding zone 1 and the guardianship of the minor children. Everyone continues as before, going to their respective schools. We are looking for a sponsor for one of our young people who will be going to University soon. Contact Mother Alexandra at motheralexandra@gmail.com for details. 

When there is more to report, we will promptly post the news. In the meantime, please continue to pray for us and to flood social media. We are very grateful for the avalanche of support from 10.1 million Guatemalans and also from around the world!
Cuando haya más que informar, publicaremos las noticias de inmediato. Mientras tanto, continúen orando por nosotros e inundando las redes sociales. Estamos muy agradecidos por la avalancha de apoyo de 10.1 guatemaltecos y también de todo el mundo!

with love in Christ, con amor in Cristo
Madre Alexandra
FHRA President


The letter from the Attorney General, La carta de la Procuradora General

posted Mar 23, 2017, 8:21 AM by Madre Alexandra

We thank you all for your continued support for all of us. 
Les damos las gracias a todos por su continuo apoyo a todos nosotros.


This is the letter that was received from the Attorney General in Spanish with an official translation in English.
Both can be downloaded below. 

Esta es la carta que recibió de la Procuradora General en español con una traducción oficial en inglés.
Ambos se pueden descargar en la parte inferior de esta página.






An informational article from Emisoras Unidas with a translation

posted Mar 22, 2017, 11:50 AM by Madre Alexandra   [ updated Mar 22, 2017, 4:06 PM ]


The past few days have been busy for all of us, and we thank everyone for the continued outpouring of support for us all. 
In particular, Igumeni Madre Inés has been interviewed many times. The following article from Emisoras Unidas is very good. 

El artículo en español -->   AQUÍ or clic en la imagen 


We have provided an English translation below. Please remember when reading that the Hogar Rafael Ayau is a private home and no agreement was ever signed with CNA, the National Center for Adoptions or any agency. 


Mother Inés Ayau, the director and legal representative of the the Hogar Rafael Ayau and Juan Manuel Roca, the director of consulting for the Attorney General's Office (PGN), were interviewed during the First Hour program to talk about the future of the child care center.
 

On March 20, the PGN notified the Hogar Rafael Ayau that the State formally required the property to be returned, in view of the failure to publish the Governmental Agreement through which property was granted in usufruct* to the center in 1996.

(*Translation note on usufruct - a document allowing "to make use of, enjoy the benefits of")

The PGN also argues that the registration of the real rights in the General Property Registry was not effected, so that the usufruct was not born into legal life.

The controversy is normal

Mother Inés Ayau

  • I thank all those who have supported us in these difficult times.
  • The news? It's a surprise. It's the least we expected.
  • It is a 50 year usufruct. We already worked for 20 years and we have attended more than a thousand adolescents, that, if they had not been taken care of today, would be mareros, (gang members) because they are abandoned children.
  • It is a surprise because the notice comes after I wrote through social networks to the President, making a space available to children who needed to relocate due to the emergency (the Hogar Seguro of the Virgin of the Assumption).
Total layout
  • In the Hogar there is the Workshop School of the Municipality where 300 young people are attended daily.. There is also a school for disabled children where 80 attend.
  • We know that there are children from the Hogar Seguro who were transferred to the Hogar Alida Spain, which must also be attended.
  • We could receive some children, as long as they assure us that we will not have problems.
  • In the usufruct it is stipulated that we do not receive aid from the State, that all will be private contributions. That's why we have 10 premises that are rented for US $ 300 per month.
  • In the usufruct we committed to perform an annual external audit, which is published every year on our website.
  • The State has in many cases demonstrated its ineptitude. When we received the Hogar Rafael Ayau, there were many children who were gang members ... thieves, it was a proven inefficiency.
  • We can not receive the entire youth population, but about 25 men who are not from juvenile detention, who are young and need a healthy home. 
  • I would like it to be a friendly solution. What I want is to see the highest good of children.

Juan Manuel Roca

  • Since October 2016, a process and an administrative investigation have been initiated with State Property, which is responsible for the administration and custody of state assets.
  • In November 2016, the situation reached a halfway point, when a delegation from personal property arrived at the Rafael Ayau Home and was barred from access, although it is a state property.
  • There is a detailed report to the PGN and the initiation ofvan administrative file andvinvestigation. The process continues, and there are communications between the PGN and the National Council of Adoptions (CNA), and the latter reports that it has not been allowed to supervise this Home.
  • Currently 11 teenagers are housed in this Home.
The State needs real estate
  • For the State, other real estate is needed to house adolescents. That is why the decision was made to require the property. It is a block and a half, and could host more adolescents, and not only 11, as there is now.
  • What we want is the legality of the property, the governmental agreement granting the usufruct was never published.
  • If the publication had been given, the real rights in the RGP were not registered. The property is in the name of the State, and there is a subscription for the Secretariat of Social Welfare (SBS).
  • We have prevailing laws and regulations in which there are defined deadlines for registration.
  • Due to the need, a period of 30 days was set for the Home to return the property to the State. There should be two-way communication to know if they need more time to meet. We know that in Amatitlán they have a bigger property where they also offer support.
  • In addition, there is income that is collected on a State property, which must be supervised by the Comptroller General of Accounts.
  • This is an interinstitutional discussion, of State, to find a better solution for the welfare of minors.


Interview of Madre Inés today - Entrevista de Madre Inés hoy

posted Mar 22, 2017, 11:15 AM by Madre Alexandra   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 5:58 PM ]

Entrevista de la Madre Inés en Eminsoras Unidas, 22 marzo 2017  (por SoundCloud)
The interview of Madre Inés at Emisoras Unidas, March 22, 2017 (via SoundCloud)

En español aquí o clic en la imagen



Update on our visit to the Congress and photos

posted Mar 21, 2017, 5:49 PM by Madre Alexandra   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 7:43 PM ]

  
 
    
             

   

 
 
                           
We were at the Congress again today to reiterate our demand that the law be changed to allow adoptions.
The Guatemalan media was present, so the story will be broadcast on television and radio, and in the papers.

Mother Inés was questioned about the recent news: that the government wants to dispossess us of the zone 1 property.
The government's basis is that, when the property was given to us for a 50 year period, it was not registered properly. 
We have 30 years remaining, but they have reduced that to 30 days. 

Be assured that we are all okay and will keep everyone updated.
More information will be coming, including a translation of the letter that was received
from the Attorney General of Guatemala. Keep us in your prayers.


Today's photos are in a new Flickr album -->Let's Save the Hogar Rafael Ayau!

New Photos from the Peaceful Demonstration today - March 14, 2017

posted Mar 14, 2017, 7:07 PM by Madre Alexandra   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 7:54 PM ]


   Our girls!


Madre Inés was interviewed several times. Madre Alexandra and Padre Antonio are in the background. 


 

Gathering outside the Congress. 
 


Mother Ivonne is waiting for the beginning of the presentations. 


Today, we went to the Peaceful Demonstration at the Congress in Guatemala City to bring awareness to the situation facing abandoned and at-risk and to demand justice and change to allow for adoptions and oversight by the Judges of the Juvenile Court. For information about the tragedy at Hogar Seguro in San José Pinula and the contents of the petition, please see the previous post. 

Everyone is holding black balloons to represent each of the young women who died. Gloria Alvarez is a a human rights activist in Guatemala. She was very articulate in videos on Facebook to explain the petition, then with us at the Demonstration. There is a video available on Facebook.  After the purpose of the demonstration was detailed and the balloons released in memory of the young women, a delegation of 10 Guatemalan citizens were invited by Congressional Representatives to enter the Congress and to read aloud the petition. Finally, the signed petition was submitted to the Representatives. 

All the photos can be viewed in our new Flickr photo album -->  AbusadosNUNCAMAS!



Please sign the petition - We need at least 5,000 signatures

posted Mar 13, 2017, 1:23 PM by Madre Alexandra   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 7:57 PM ]



Notice our logo above.  Translation: "Let's solve the root problem. We demand that the State make fundamental reforms to prevent tragedies and to protect abandoned children, today and always. Justice for the victims! Protection for at-risk children!"


Below is more information about what occurred at Hogar Seguro in San José Pinula. At this time, 40 teenage girls have died. 

Also, note that EVERYONE can sign the ONLINE petition. 
(Only the written petition in Guatemala is for reserved for Guatemalan citizens.)



The information
Hello, friends. A few days ago, there was a huge tragedy (that included a fire) in one of the governmental homes for children and teens in Guatemala. So far, 38 teen girls have died badly burned. There are a few theories as to the origin of the fire and why it took so long for anyone to do anything about it. All of the theories are sad and disturbing. The common theme and background is that the children were being abused in various ways and that authorities knew about it and did nothing. The details make me sick to my stomach. Examples of abuse/neglect: 1) The teenage girls were being prostituted by those in charge. 2) When the teens refused or protested, their punishment was to get locked up. 3) Young women who lived and “graduated” from there went to different authorities to report all of the various forms of abuse and neglect, but their pleas were ignored. 4) Someone noticed that the sponge mattresses the girls slept on had holes in them. The reason? The teens used them as feminine napkins because they didn’t have any. 5) The government housed under one roof children taken from their homes due to abuse, neglect or poverty AND delinquent minors. 6) The nine teenage girls who were not burnt and were thus transferred to another care home after the fire are ALL pregnant.

On Tuesday, March 14th, Guatemalans will gather to submit petitions to (the Guatemalan) Congress. Below is an informal translation of the petition that you can read in Spanish on change.org. For those of you who know about the Hogar Rafael Ayau (a private Orthodox Orphanage) or of Igumeni Inés (the Abbess), they fully support this call to action. Please help spread the word and consider signing the petition yourselves. (The change.org petition can be signed by everyone. The legal proposals are only accepted from Guatemalan citizens, and they will have to sign on paper.)

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It is with deep regret and indignation, that we, the undersigned, in the face of the unfortunate events that took place in the Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción on Wednesday, March 8, hereby exercise our constitutional right of petition, put aside indifference and advocate for the long-term welfare of the 20,000 children who are still victims of the National Council of Adoptions, CNA, the State entity responsible for this tragedy. As Guatemalans, we demand:

1. Of the Public Prosecutor's Office, to immediately prosecute the directors dismissed by President Jimmy Morales who chose to mix youths in conflict with the (criminal) law with abused or homeless children within the facilities they oversaw. And that all material evidence, including available videos, be made public in order to prosecute all personnel responsible for the crimes committed.
Deadline for first capture: Immediately.

2. Of all the deputies of the Congress of the Republic, to repeal Decree 77/2007 which gave birth to the CNA (National Council of Adoptions) and gave it a corrupt monopoly over all the adoptions and care homes, removing from the judges in charge of childhood and adolescent law the authority to decide on the future of these young people.
Deadline: March 31, 2017.

3. Of Congress, to reinstate notary adoption and judicial adoption into the Civil Code.
Deadline: March 30

4. Of the Public Prosecutor's Office, to create a Special Prosecutor's Office Against Irregular Adoptions and Abuse of Minors to pursue anyone who abuses adoption rights by acting against the welfare of the children.
Deadline: March 30, 2017.

5. Of the Executive Agency, to prepare a regulation attached to the Civil Code that will expedite the legal process of care for abandoned and at-risk children. We have enough Juvenile Judges who know their work and have the experience. 
Deadline: Thursday, April 6, 2017.

6. Of all deputies of the Congress, to make it a crime, (punishable by imprisonment and not released on bail), to mix young people in conflict with the Criminal Law with children in care homes and orphanages.
Deadline: March 30, 2017

7. Following these changes, we demand of the Attorney General's Office and all Childhood and Adolescence Judges to ensure that every adoption be expeditious, transparent and efficient, with priority being given to the well-being of the child who has the right to be part of a safe and stable family.
Deadline: April 1

8. We demand that UNICEF funds be used to construct and maintain Exclusive Correctional Centers for Minors in Conflict with the Criminal Law and thereby definitively separate them from the risky coexistence with children in care homes and orphanages.
Deadline to deliver the first center: September 15, 2017.

9. We demand from all CNA care home directors that starting today, Friday, March 10, they allow access to all media that request to enter and document their work.

In order for people who have the good will to form individual homes with state supervision and permanently and efficiently care for these children, it is imperative to make these changes urgently.

Sign the Change.org petition here

In case our links do not work, this is the URL
https://www.change.org/p/congreso-de-guatemala-abusadosnuncam%C3%A1s-justicia-y-protecci%C3%B3n-para-los-ni%C3%B1os-abandonados-en-guatemala

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