How it all began

This is a charity I launched to raise money to support the children of Hogar Luz de Maria , an orphanage in Guatemala; through monthly sponsorships, & yearly mission trips. My vision in creating this charity started because I am the adoptive mother of a beautiful son I named Mateo. My husband and I spent 3 1/2 years trying to bring home and through that process we realized that there was a big need to help support the orphanage that took such amazing care of my son for years. I called my charity For the Love of Mateo because it was the love that I had for my son that gave us the strength to complete a 3 1/2 year long adoption process through many challenges, in addition to developing a “tug” that called me to do something big to give back in a big way.

Thank you! Valerie Edwards- President & Founder of: For the Love of Mateo Inc.

Our Mission

For the Love of Mateo is an official 5013C Non For Profit. 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 Guatemala City through a monthly sponsorship program as well as bi-yearly mission trips to visit the children. Valerie, the founder of For the Love of Mateo primarily wanted to start her non for profit to support the children at the Hogar where her son that she adopted, lived until he came home. Although as For the Love of Mateo has expanded we have added a few other missions to our giving. For the Love of Mateo also supports two other organizations in Guatemala, The Bunk Bed Project and Ninos Con Bendicion. The Bunk Bed Project provides beds for families that wouldn’t otherwise have one and Ninos Con Bendicion provides financial support for education as well as educational programs for the children of impoverished families in San Antonio Aguas Calientes.