Love the Child is a private Christian orphanage that provides comprehensive care and developmental support for abandoned, orphaned, abused, and special needs infants in Guatemala. The private home was founded after Shyrel, who had spent several years working private and government orphanages throughout Guatemala, witnessed that many homes were limited in their ability to care for the intense needs of younger children. Shyrel was inspired to create an care center that provided every child the environment they need to flourish.
Their goal is to enable these children, through loving relationships with caring adults and with one another, to develop into healthy and complete image bearers of God who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and who will have a positive effect on their culture and their world.
Since Guatemala closed international adoptions in 2007, Love the Child has focused on advocating for national adoptions. Since 2008, more than 200 children have been adopted into loving Guatemalan families.
Given the changes that the pandemic brought to so many around the world. Love the Child has expanded our resources to provide a weekly feeding program to children at risk for malnutrition. And also a much needed weekend retreat for battered women.