Registered Charity Number: 1149487
amor. works in the indigenous communities in Guatemala to create and implement sustainable, innovative and inclusive solutions to exclusion, injustice, malnutrition and extreme poverty, with a focus on vulnerable women and the children they care for.
the story of amor.
It was an act of extreme violence, and an act of transformation, that gave birth to Fernando´s dream. One afternoon in 1987 during the armed conflict in Guatemala, the army broke into the houses of his village, capturing children and raping women. They took Fernando Gomez Oxlaj, AMOR President, his cousins and many other children and threw them into a pit to die. Three days and four nights later the guerrillas finally came to the rescue. Of 116 children, Fernando Gomez was the only survivor. On that day, he made a promise to God for having spared his life: he promised to dedicate his life to helping his people. AMOR is this promise in action.
At the age of 8, Fernando Gomez Oxlaj began going from house to house with his grandfather speaking to the people in his village about God, and bringing food and medicine. When his grandfather died 2 years later, Fernando continued his work alone. The Mayan genocide was still in full force, and the military were based in and around his home village, an area of extreme poverty. Atrocities were a daily occurrence. Despite many brushes with death, Fernando miraculously survived.
The Peace Treaty was signed in 1996, but Fernando saw that that war still raged on. Now, instead of weapons, the weapons used were those of extreme poverty, of marginalization and lack of opportunity. He was frustrated by the potential he saw going to waste in his downtrodden people. He began to dream of a rebirth starting in his home village, a chance for his people to finally contribute their God-given gifts and talents to the world. In this moment, AMOR was born.
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