Our Programs
Our Programs

Our Programs

Fundación Salvación
Fundación Salvación

Fundación Salvación is a private Christian children's home founded in 1999. Story International began supporting the home in 2012 after the tragic death of the original founder, Sandra Temaj. In 2016, Story International & Fundacion Salvacion merged and currently operate under the leadership of Story International's Guatemalan Board of Directors. Fundación Salvación is the most central part of our work in Guatemala.

Our children's home is currently home to over 95 children, ages 6 months to 18 years. As part of our services, all of our kids receive food and shelter, psychological attention, a bilingual education, and specialized medical care. All of our programs encompass an aspect of mentorship and discipleship and as a family, we are committed to cultivating a community centered around prayer and worship. 

Our home is staffed by both local Guatemalans as well as foreigners. In an effort to break away from the typical group home structure, we have implemented a "house-parent" model that allows for each of our kids to be placed in a smaller family structure within the larger context of the home.

To learn more about each child or to sponsor a child, click here.

Sponsor Staff Monthly
Give to Fundación Monthly
School of Hope
School of Hope

The School of Hope, or Colegio Bilingue Esperanza, is a bilingual school built and owned by Story International. The School of Hope is a private Christian school approved by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education. 

The school was built in 2012 with the intention of offering a quality, bilingual education to our kids at Fundación Salvación . Since then, we have grown and are now able to offer our services not only to the kids at the home, but also to low-income families from the local community. 

We currently offer grades Pre-K through 9th grade and have plans to expand to the high school level as well. As a completely bilingual school, our staff is made up of both Guatemalans and Americans. Core classes (such as science, history, math, etc.) are taught in Spanish by our Guatemalan staff, while our U.S. staff teaches English language and grammar, P.E., music, bible, art, and service-learning. 

All of our students from the orphanage are on full-scholarship - with all of their tuition costs, school supplies, and uniforms paid for by outside donors. To learn more about sponsoring a child's education, click here. 

We are now accepting teaching applications for the 2018 school year. For more information, click here.

 

El Puente
El Puente

El Puente is a transitional living program that we launched in January of 2016. El Puente was birthed out of a very real struggle we had for many years as we figured out how to transition our kids 18+ out of group home living and back into their society. For many years, it seemed that no matter how hard we tried to prepare our young adults for life outside the orphanage/shelter walls, they just weren't quite ready when the moment arrived. Thus, El Puente. 

El Puente is a 12-month program designed to ease the transition from group home living to independence and adulthood. The program is now available to both our kids at the Fundación Salvación orphanage and the girls at the Daughters of Purpose shelter.

To join, participants have to apply for the program and be formally accepted by our Resident Advisor. Once admitted into the program, they are given the opportunity to either further their education through college or trade school, or they may choose to work. 

During their time at the transition home, they learn to build a resume, drive a car, cook for themselves, manage a budget, etc. This is all overseen by our Resident Advisor who also helps each resident make a 12-month and two-year life plan. As part of the program, participants are provided with a spiritual mentor who challenges them to a deeper place of prayer and greater knowledge of the Word as they are then commissioned to pour into others. 

Give to El Puente Monthly
Sponsor El Puente Staff Monthly
Daughters of Purpose
Daughters of Purpose

Daughters of Purpose is a temporary, emergency shelter for teens moms and women needing relief and protection from severe or life threatening situations. The shelter houses anywhere from 20-45 girls at any given time. During their stay at the shelter, the girls receive psychological and medical attention as well as spiritual mentorship and guidance.

Story International assumed administrative and financial responsibility of the home in July, 2014. Shortly after that, we began working to make the home self-sustaining through local donations and empowering local Guatemalans to run the programs. As of April 2016, Story International no longer financially supports Daughters of Purpose but serves in an advisory role for the shelter.