Growing Up Orphan at Dorie's Promise Guatemala

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Nayeli's story shows how love and commitment can help give orphans tools for success.

Nayeli at age 15

Nayeli has clearly transitioned from an orphaned child who was in desperate need of love and help, to one who can extend that same kind of love and help to someone else.

Forever Changed International's Guatemalan orphanage called Dorie's Promise is excited to share the story of Nayeli, a child who has grown up in the care of the special moms at Dorie's Promise. Nayeli is a fifteen-year-old girl who is demonstrating the sort of positive impact Forever Changed International has on children. She has grown spiritually, and has shown herself to be a happy child, a good friend, and to have a loving heart towards the other children at Dorie's Promise.

Nayeli was very young when she came to Dorie's Promise, and her transition time was difficult. Now though, she has become a confident girl. She is even seen as a leader amongst the children. The special moms who have cared for her state that she has a mature point of view. She has become someone who knows, according to the special moms, "what is positive or negative for her life."

Alej Diaz, Director of Dorie's Promise Guatemala says, "I remember not just one but the many times that she has organized a secret party or a dance with the children to celebrate the birthday of one special moms, or any special date like Christmas or Mother's Day."

Nayeli has clearly transitioned from an orphaned child who was in desperate need of love and help, to one who can extend that same kind of love and help to someone else. She shows this love to the other children at Dorie's Promise by explaining to them what Dorie's Promise is like. It is "a beautiful place to stay," she says, "where they can feel comfortable and we will be their family."

Friends at school also have positive things to say about Nayeli. "I like to ... share with my friends..." Nayeli says, and they share a great deal of laughter with each other. They love to joke, but they also support each other as they work on home work. To her friends, Nayeli is a trustworthy person.

As she continues to grow, Nayeli is beginning to look to the future. She would love to work in fashion design, but she also says, "I would like to help people as Dorie's Promise helped me." This means sharing another lesson she has learned: that Jesus is her savior. Nayeli herself counts this as one of the most important things she has received while at Dorie's Promise, and Alej and the special moms agree that if she keeps God at the center of her life, she will do very well.

About Dorie's Promise:

Located in Guatemala City, Dorie’s Promise is an orphanage providing full-time care, housing, education, and other amenities for up to 40 children. The home operates on donations and grants, primarily from sources in the United States. It is operated by Forever Changed International (FCI), which is located in the metro Portland, Oregon area. Founded by Heather Radu, FCI is dedicated to rescuing orphans and providing them with a safe, nurturing environment. For more information, contact Radu at 360-335-3125 or e-mail heather(at)servewithfci(dot)org.

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