Businessman retires to care for orphans

By May 24, 2010

Guatemala (MNN) — Over 60 orphans have a home today because
a Mexican businessman gave up everything he had for them.

Ciro Murguia saw the plight of children while on his
business trips to Guatemala. "He saw all of these forgotten
children," said Mike Douris, president of Orphan Outreach, "and realized how
vulnerable they were to exploitation."

At the age of 70, Murguia and his wife, Maria Teresa, gave
up everything they had to start Ceracaif, a privately-run orphanage about
thirty minutes outside Xela, Guatemala's second-largest city. Now their two daughters, Lourdes and Teresa,
care for the children at the orphanage in Guatemala's western highlands. 

Their days are filled with cooking meals, teaching
school, and lovingly guiding children as young as three in the way they should go. At the end of 2009, Orphan Outreach began a
partnership with their ministry.

"The buildings are fairly new, but
they need work," Douris said. Workers are
needed to help with general construction and electrical wiring. The children also need two new teachers for
the next school year.

Supporting two more teachers for
a year will cost $5,000, and the electrical wiring will cost $6,000. The orphanage also needs appliances,
computers, a playground, a soccer field, food, vitamins, and clothing. 

"We are looking for churches or
individuals who want to come alongside and serve these children with us," Douris
said. You can help

One Comment

  • Sonya ashton says:

    Hello. Can one or two individuals simply come, stay and be put to work for a week?? I small sorry my sister and I do not possess any special skills aside from speaking English, and perhaps being able to share that, …mostly though we are just hard workers.
    Sonya ashton

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