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Before coming to Los Gozosos - Joy-Filled Home, Carlos was in a government protection home that was hit by a fire. He was there because his family could not take care of him and his special needs. He comes from a Mayan-descendent family in the countryside of Guatemala. Authorities transferred him to Joy-Filled Home a few weeks after the fire in the government protection house.

Carlos loves going to school, but his behavior wasn't good at the beginning. His word stock was limited and had no self-control because no one had taught him. We started a process of adaptation: he learned how to behave, how to treat other people well, and how to have self-control.

Also, when Carlos arrived, he used to walk on his toes as his tendons were atrophied. Recently he had surgery to release the tendon in his right foot so that he could walk on the soles of his feet. He is now a very polite boy with a lot of potentials to develop. We keep teaching him to have better self-control his emotions.


She came to Joy-Filled Homes when she was seven years old. She is one of the girls with the most traumas that have ever been part of our family. Upon arrival, she showed uncontrolled fears for such simple things, such as listening to the sound of the rain, which made her cry for hours.

She was unable to walk when she came, but within a year, she had already managed to take steps with the help of a walker.


She falls many times when she attempts to walk without the walker because she loses her balance. So that Marleny has been wearing a helmet, knee, and elbow pads that help to stabilize her and protect herself from falls. She is very intelligent and a fast learner.


He arrived at Joy-Filled Home after a complaint of abuse by his parents. He suffers from congenital spastic paraplegia, so he has difficulty walking and stiffness in his body. It was difficult for him to adapt. He used to cry because he wanted to get back to his home.

Vincen accepted Jesus as his Savior. We have seen a very noticeable change since then. Thanks to the care and therapies that he has received, he almost manages to walk. He is a very intelligent boy who does well in school and makes progress each day.

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