In 2013, Loving Arms acquired a property on the edge of Parramos through generous donations. They opened the Centre of Hope (the Centre) to provide education to children, training, workshops and conferences to student families to empower the local community members have also gained the skills and confidence to start their businesses at the Centre.
To fulfil our mandate, we provide immediate community relief by sponsoring children’s education, providing nutrition for students, working to develop the community, and working with Guatemalan families in the surrounding areas. We are positively affecting more than 2000 individuals, working with the communities to move towards self-sufficiency. The Loving Arms Charitable Organisation was born from the dream of our founder, Linda Coghlin, the hard work of our volunteers, and the generous contributions made for the purchase of property, development and construction of the School of Hope in San Andrés Itzapa in 2013, a town in Chimaltenango, Guatemala with a population of 24,992 (2018 census).
Loving Arms School of Hope was approved in 2022 by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education (Ministerio de Educación or MINEDUC) to offer high-quality education to middle-school classes for our 6th-grade graduates of the School of Hope. We aim to provide long-term, high-quality education in the host country and meet the short-term needs of more than 200 children. Kindergarten through Grade Six will be offered as of 2022. We aim to build another classroom at Loving Arms School of Hope by the end of next semester.