Oasis and La Arquilla

San Lucas | Guatemala

Oasis is a community of family-style homes for Guatemalan girls who are victims of sexual abuse. After being rescued by local authorities, the girls are sent to Oasis under court-ordered protection. More than 60 girls currently live in safety and have a place to heal from horrific abuse or forced child labor, and we also work with many more girls who have been reunited with their families over the past three years. Learning disabilities, substance abuse, and suicide attempts are all common among girls who bear the scars of exploitation. Read more

Generational physical and sexual abuse is rampant, and very few perpetrators are ever brought to justice. So many children, mostly young girls, are at risk for dangerous child labor and forced prostitution. And hundreds of thousands of school-aged children are not in school at all. The needs here are staggering.

In the middle of situations that seem hopeless, Kids Alive Guatemala is committed to rescuing victims of cruel, heart-breaking abuse, and showing them that they have inherent worth and potential. The wounded girls we serve need safety, stability, and emotional and spiritual counseling as they heal from trauma.

Our ministries are seeing life-changing results in the children in our care. We recently received government approval and assistance to begin a foster family care program, the first of its kind in Guatemala. At Casa Ester, we were able to add a second story to the house, allowing us to assist even more young women as they transition to adulthood. And the majority of our high school graduates are going on to higher education of some kind. Despite the challenges facing the Guatemalan people, we know that no situation is beyond hope. Our mighty God loves these children and we will continue to show them that love in any way possible.

Hope Changes Everything at Oasis and La Arquilla

Hope Changes Everything at Oasis and La Arquilla

Maria* came to Oasis from tremendous pain and trauma. Not only was she fatherless, but her mother lived a dangerous life unsuitable for raising children, and they were often living on the streets. This left her vulnerable to predators who hurt her badly. When she arrived, her deep pain caused her to fight, yell, experience night terrors, and wet the bed. At her worst, she physically threatened the Oasis staff. But we knew that Maria was not too broken to be healed by a gracious God, so we continued to offer her safety, love, and tangible support.

Soon we began to notice small changes in her, especially in how she dealt with her problems. Instead of fighting, she was willing to talk. Instead of hating, she started to worship God. And she finally asked Jesus to come into her life and was baptized. Maria was being transformed by hope! Eventually we were able to locate a relative that was willing to give her a stable, loving home, and we decided that this was the best place for her to live. Even though she is now living with family, she continues to receive our support, and we are hopeful about her future. Her progress is a testimony to the power of the Gospel lived out by people willing to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

*name changed to protect privacy

How Kids Alive Cares for the Children

Rescuing Children

  • Caring for orphans and children in family-style settings
  • Providing Christian caregivers
  • Addressing physical, spiritual, and emotional needs

Giving the Gift of Education

  • Meeting individualized academic needs
  • Providing educational guidance
  • Encouraging secondary education and vocational training

Strengthening Communities

  • Meeting community needs to build strong ties
  • Addressing health care and disease prevention
  • Creating micro-enterprise solutions for economic development

Partner with Oasis and La Arquilla

Site partnership allows for services that reach beyond the basics of what child sponsorship provides, supplying resources for trauma training and therapy, nutritionists, social workers, educational counselors, discipleship, and more.

Life at Oasis & La Arquilla

Christian house parents provide a loving, safe environment for these rescued girls. Quality education and trauma-focused therapy help them adjust to life away from their abusers and begin to rebuild their lives. Additionally, we provide legal support while pursuing justice on their behalf. Guatemala currently convicts only about 6% of sexual abuse cases, but we have helped convict 70% of our girls’ abusers.