About Us

Our Mission

To be instruments of God’s love by providing nutritional support and quality education to disadvantaged children from indigenous communities in Guatemala.

Our Vision

To live in a world where we all see each other as brothers and sisters. We dream of a world where all children have the same opportunities to thrive and be happy.

Our Guiding Philosophy

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”.

Our Values

Our work and actions are inspired by the values of the Gospel and the Mayan culture.

Compassion

To feel with the suffering of others and do something to stop it or alleviate it.

Justice

To lift up the poor, the oppressed and the most vulnerable from disadvantaged situations.

Love

To give oneself and serve others with dedication, without expecting anything in return.

Loq’olaj ruwach’ulew*

To take care of the land and protect nature because it gives life.

Tiqato’qi’*

To help each other, cooperate with the neighbor and the community.

K’awomanik*

To be thankful, even for the smallest things and give the best to express gratitude.

Ri qäs qitzij pan ruq’ajarik qatzij*

To always speak the truth.

Tiqato’qi’*

To help each other, cooperate with the neighbor and the community.

K’awomanik*

To be thankful, even for the smallest things and give the best to express gratitude.

Ri qäs qitzij pan ruq’ajarik qatzij*

To always speak the truth.

*In Kaqchikel (Mayan language)

Our Story

1988

After living in the U.S. for 40 years, Edwin Mendoza Escoto moved back to his native country in 1988 with the idea to help the underprivileged children of Guatemala. Since his return to Guatemala, he helped malnourished children and built and equipped a health clinic for low-income families in San Pedro Ayampuc.

2007

Edwin founded Little Angels of Mary and opened a house for children with Down syndrome. Throughout that year, Edwin, his wife and Dr. Osorio, took care of the special-need children who lived in the house until unfortunately he had to close it due to the lack of funding.

2020

After Edwin’s passing, his son (Edwin Mendoza Hipp) and his wife (Darlene Jasso) felt the calling to continue Little Angels of Mary’s mission with a focus on nutrition and education in indigenous communities.

Today

With the support of good-hearted angels, Little Angels of Mary works in the villages of Santa Apolonia (Tecpán area) implementing nutrition and education programs.