One family's choice can impact others across the world!!
Valerie started For the Love of Mateo in 2012 when she found out that the orphanage where her son lived needed financial support to keep it open. Since she started FTLOM, they have started a sponsorship program that helps funds the orphanage, bought a new van to safely transport the children to and from appointments, moved them into a new beautiful and spacious home in San Lucas. Valerie personally leads three trips a year to Guatemala to bring others in to give back and serve the children as well as the local people of Guatemala. By 2017 there will be 9 months out of 12 that teams with For the Love of Mateo will be traveling to Guatemala to serve the outreach projects the FTLOM family supports.
FTLOM also has raised $50,000 to help build The Backyard School a new school. Valerie's mission of love teams bring in needed donations to the school as well as fundraise to buy bunk beds, bedding, and care packages for families that live in San Bartolome and have children that are served in some capacity through The Backyard School. FTLOM has started two scholarship programs:
1) The TJ Braden Scholarship Fund- which will pay for 225 kids to go to school in San Bartolome. To learn more about donating towards this scholarship fund you can go to the Outreach Program Tab at the top of the this page and go to The Backyard School, then scroll down to donate to this fund.
2) The Tiffanie Ohmes Pay It Forward Fund for Moms- This fund helps moms in San Bartolome further their education so they can better support their families.
For the Love of Mateo also supports many other outreach programs in Guatemala that are near and dear to our hearts: DBO Ministries, Village of Hope, The Ninos Con Bendicion, Boys Hope Girls Hope, and Extraordinary Guatemalans.
Check out the recent blog to see what FTLOM has been up to, follow our For the Love of Mateo Facebook page to see recent picture updates and look into our sponsor a child program to help us continue to do what we do to support the beautiful children of Hogar Luz de Maria.
Details for the next trip are ready
Please Contact Us if you would like to join us on our next trip to the Guatemala! Here is a video you can view to learn more about what we do, just copy and paste it to your URL: https://youtu.be/tNm7LpXHJ20 Here is a link to see the homecoming video of Mateo after a 3.5 year long wait, just copy and paste it to your URL: https://vimeo.com/14537861
Our Mission Statement
For the Love of Mateo is a 501 (C)3Non Profit started by Valerie Edwards. For the Love of Mateo’s mission is to provide financial support as well as experiences for the children of Hogar Luz De Maria, a Hogar in San Lucus through a monthly sponsorship program as well as bi-yearly mission trips to visit the children as well as serve other villages in Guatemala through our outreach projects.