Casa Angelina, founded in 2003, is an 18-acre complex in Central Guatemala, and is one of the largest orphanages in Central America. It is a uniquely beautiful sanctuary that currently houses over 100 treasured children who have been rescued from the streets and dumps of Guatemala, and from terrible abuse situations. The site is constantly changing as home after home is constructed on the acreage, and more and more orphans are able to be rescued.
Casa Angelina was founded by evangelist/missionary Ivan Tait. He has a God-given vision to rescue orphans all over the world. While in his teens, Ivan was called to be a preacher, and immediately began pouring his life and dreams into God's purposes. Now, more than 35 years later, he has traveled the world building God's Church through both his preaching and in international crusades. He has built churches, orphanages and bible schools in 3rd world countries. In recent years his own children have joined him, and together they work to fulfill the vision that God initially gave Ivan as a young man, proving daily that with God nothing is too difficult.
Just 10 years ago, Casa Angelina was only 15 acres of farm land. Since then, God has used Ivan, his resources, and many people coming along side of his vision to begin building one of the most outstanding orphanages that Guatemala has ever seen. It now houses over 100 children in small homes each occupied by 15 to 20 residents. Many more will call it home in the future when up to 300 children will live there. Casa Angelina is a "higher education" orphanage focusing on the education of the children, and if the kids want to continue on to college or university, their education will be paid for 100%. They are also not asked to leave at age 18, they can stay there as long as they would like. If they choose not to go to college, they can be hired on as a tutor or house helper.
For more information on Casa Angelina or Ivan Tait, visit www.whatmattersmm.org
You can also view a slide show of a trip at Casa Angelina at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaHhKz9Ipfk