In response to our friends who have emailed us, a timeline has been generated. We share it with you all.
+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.
+Immediately, Igumeni Madre Inés responded in two ways: 1) She sent a message to President Morales stating that we would be willing to receive children displaced by the fire. 2) 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. That petition was posted on this page in English and can be accessed here.
+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
+The tragedy of the 40 girls who perished in the fire and the others who are fighting for their lives filled social media.
+March 20: The Attorney General of Guatemala sent a letter to repossess our zone 1 property that has 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. http://www.friendsofthehogar.org/news-articles/theletterfromtheattorneygenerallacartadelaprocuradorageneral
+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
+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.
+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.
Entrevistas en español - Interviews in Spanish
Emisoras Unidas - 22 marzo 2017 (por SoundCloud)
Libertópolis - 23 marzo 2017 (por Facebook)
Guatevision oficial de 21 marzo 2017
TV en español
República - 21 marzo 2017 - "Testimonio de Cindy, adolescente que vivió en el Hogar Rafael Ayau"
TN23 23 marzo 2017 "PGN ordena devolución del Hogar Rafael Ayau"
Canal 3 Guatemala - 23 marzo 2017 - "Ejecutivo se pronuncia sobre el Hogar Rafael Ayau"
Chapin TV - La misión del Hogar Rafael Ayau - 24 marzo 2017
Artículos en español
DCI Diario Correo Informativo - 19 marzo 2017
Prensa Libre "Maldad, capricho e indiferencia" por Mario Antonio Sandoval" - 22 marzo 2017
Emisoras Unidas - "Hogar Rafael Ayau y PGN se enfrentan por inmueble usufructuado" - 22 marzo 2017
La Hora "El Hogar Rafael Ayau y TCQ" por Oscar Clemente Marroquín ' 22 marzo 2017
Publinews Guatemala 24 marzo 2017 con vídeos
Prensa Libre "#SalvemosalHogarRafaelAyau" por Jorge Jacobs - 24 marzo 2017
SOY52 "Así es y funciona el Hogar Rafael Ayau que la PGN pide desalojar" - 24 marzo 2017
Para Guatemaltecos - Por favor, colaboremos, firmen la petición
Articles In English (We are working on translating more!)
New Yorker by Francisco Goldman "The story behind the fire that killed 40 teenage girls in a Guatemalan children's home" (Hogar Seguro)- March 19, 2017
Interview article with Emisoras Unidas - March 22, 2017
+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 Congress, about 15+ blocks. We have added photos and videos to our Flickr album Let's Save the Hogar Rafael Ayau.
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 around the world!
with love in Christ,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
Justice and protection for the abandoned children in Guatemala
Official delivery of the citizen's petition to the Congressional Representatives
Tomorrow, many will wear black and hold black balloons in mourning and in solidarity
The recent fire at Hogar Seguro in San José Pinula in Guatemala, which has so far claimed the lives of 37 teenage girls, is a very sad event and has caught the attention of the world.
We want you to know that our 27 children are safe with us at the House of Culture and Mercy in zone 1, at the San Miguel Residence at Lake Amatitlán (Monastery), or abroad in Russia at University.
This loss of young life has shone a
bright light on the darkness that exists regarding the situation faced by
orphans and underprivileged youth in Guatemala where the laws are completely
against them and anyone who desires to help them. This is the result of the
change to the civil law in Guatemala done 10 years ago at the insistence of
UNICEF with the closing of adoptions. With this context in mind, this is the
appeal that I have written to the government at the insistence of the people:
I think that if we really want to do something for our abandoned and at-risk children (and avoid more "maras" gangs), the following must be done:
1. Repeal Decree 77-2007 that gave birth to the CNA (Centro Nacional de Adopciones), which PROHIBITED whatever is not CNA and removed the authority of the Judges of minors.
2. Return to the Civil Code (of Guatemala) which is more than enough.
3. Develop regulations for the Civil Code to make agile the legal process of care for abandoned and at-risk children. We have enough Juvenile Judges who know their work and have the experience. They can make an excellent legal regulation attached to the Civil Code.
4. This will allow private institutions, households (Homes/orphanages) to exist, and have them be under the supervision of the Juvenile Court only.
5. Restore the right of children to have an adoptive family anywhere in the world.
6. The Government has to have only institutions for juvenile transgressors, and subcontract its administration to professional people (with UNICEF funds) Plus establish a mechanism of supervision of these Homes that must correspond to the College of Psychologists and the Lawyers' Association.
UNICEF funding? (Q175 million only for the Hogar Seguro that burned their children....) must go to Juvenile Courts so they can do a better job and the homes of transgressors so that these future members of maras are given the proper attention to get them out of their hell.
Pray for our country. Pray for us.
Photos from the PreSanctified Liturgy taken yesterday evening
were added to the Flickr album Lent 2017.