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Our new Small Projects Section features projects that cost $500 or under. Together with interested Children International sponsors, we aim to raise funds for things like beds, tables, chairs, supplies, and more for needy families around the world. If you have an idea for a future small project, please email Kristen at

Small Project #1 is Complete.
$500 Raised! Thank You!

Our first Small Project was to buy furniture for Levy(6) and her family of Manila, the Philippines.
Visit this complete project.

Small Project #2: Meet Luis Marcos (9) of Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Luis's sponsor is Amalia Marshall of the UK.
Amalia writes:

"The Marcos family are a family of 10, with 5 sisters and 3 brothers from a desperately poor area of Guatemala City.

I first became the sponsor of the youngest brother Luis through Children International, and after receiving his information and family record, began to reali
ze how desperately needy this family were.

I contacted Children International, and I was able to receive a report on their living conditions. After viewing
photographs of the family and their home, the need for repairs to the house and lack of basic essential belongings became very apparent. The report stated that this family had worked really hard to provide themselves with shelter.

The older boy, Juan David at 12 yrs of age, had been working as a bricklayer to help provide for the needs of his family.


Luis Furniture Project launched Jan. 16, 2006:
We Did it! Project Complete on 3/1/06.

See photos of the family with their new beds and supplies.

Luis and his family of Guatemala City, Guatemala have now received the gift of badly needed beds, supplies, and repairs to their meager home. Our goal was to raise $500. See more photos of their home. Please note, this project is complete. Please check out our current projects here.

Keep up with all our previous projects here. Check out our latest stats. Use our banners to link to us from your site.

$500 Raised! We Did it! Thank You!

Stay tuned for updates!

Luis Marcos (second from left) poses with part of his family in their home. The family is in desperate need of beds, supplies, and the finishing of their concrete floor. See more photos of their home.

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Even though they are desperately poor and have nothing, the 3 boys still manage to stay positive and keep smiling. However the family still have a way to go, and do not
even have sufficient beds to enable them to sleep comfortably at night. The 3 growing boys aged 9, 11, 12, all share one bed. Other than this, the family have very few other possessions.

The house is in desperate
need of repair. During the rainy season the very few possessions they do own get drenched, and the floor of their home, part of which is dirt, turns to mud.

I would like to be able to offer the Marcos family a little comfort, perhaps with new bunk beds for the 3 boys and urgently needed finishing of the concrete flooring to their home.

They have worked so hard to
achieve what little they have at present, and it would make all the difference in the world to them.
Amalia Marshall

Amalia may be contacted at:

Luis in his family's home.

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