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Visiting Casa Alianza Guatemala

February 24th, 2009 by sunflowers

Casa AlianzaOut of all the things that I have done so far visiting Casa Alianza was probably the most daunting. When I arrived they only spoke Spanish to me so I had no idea what they were saying and felt quite uncomfortable. Finally someone took me to the house of teenage mothers and luckily a Swiss volunteer did a bit of translating for me and I ended up working through an English school book with Amanda whose command of English was much better than my Spanish. Still it was pretty un-nerving to see a 15 year old with a 2 year old child and 13 year olds that had just given birth.

Casa AlianzaFinally someone pointed out the two British volunteers who took over showing me around and explain the programs that were in the later stages of shutting down due to not enough funding. They used to have a boys house, a girls house, a drop in centre in town, street outreach, reintegration (follow ups with children they have placed back into families) and legal assistance.

I didn’t really feel like I should take too many pictures or probe too deeply but Sam one of the British volunteers said he had some case studies he had done that I might be able to put up on my blog later.

By the time I had lunch in the cafeteria I felt more at home and I am really looking forward to seeing the work that Casa Alianza does in Honduras and Nicaragua.

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One Response to “Visiting Casa Alianza Guatemala”

  1. Ken Williams Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    This is nice. Sometimes you forget how big a difference
    a few quid can make to the lives of some people.

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