The Big Sleep Confirmed for 2021

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The Big Sleep is back this year as we sleep out for street kids in Central America. 

We'll be camping out at St Michaels Church Forecourt on the 9th October as we learn about the hardships that many children face in Guatemala and Honduras.

We'll also be learning about the current migration crisis that is happening from Central America to the United States, with Dunc and Ben live-linking to the event in Amersham to tell us more as they walk part of the route. We have begun to hear some children talk about taking the route and so we are concerned at how serious this issue is in Guatemala and Honduras. In March, 19,000 children arrived unaccompanied at the US border, and so we know this is an important issue to talk about. 

Join us to learn more on the 9th October, and we'll also have fire-pits, hot drinks, music, competitions and more! You can find out more about the event and register here


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Ben and Duncan are currently in the north of Guatemala and have visited two kids who were rescued from the streets 3 years ago. The team visit them every 6months to see how they are and to take some gifts and food supplies. Just incredible to visit these two young children and see the change in them since leaving the streets. Thanks to your support this change is possible.


Centro Opp Officially Opens

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Street Kids Direct Guatemala had a brilliant weekend with the official opening of the Centro Opp Mentoring Centre in Guatemala City. Visitors Jonothan Nordstrom and Darold Opp, from the USA and supporters of the Centre, joined for the grand opening. The team shared a meal together and the new choir, Voz de la Calle (Voice of the Streets), gave a great first performance to all who were there. There were also cooking and art workshops for the kids to enjoy!

What is Centro Opp?

Centro Opp is the new centre in Guatemala City which has the Casa Alexis Protection Home above and the Mentoring Centre below on the ground floor. Within the mentoring centre, there is an arts room, gym, music room, Pamelas Kitchen which holds a coffee space and industrial kitchen appliances, lounge area, and hopefully soon a climbing wall. 

The Centre has been designed to facilitate the mentoring programme and to provide a space for therapy sessions through art and music. The Centre will be a safe space where the kids and youth will be able to process past traumas and discover their dreams and aspirations for the future. The different rooms and spaces will also provide the youth with the opportunity to develop skills that they will use in the future, as well as enjoy a space that they wouldn't normally have the opportunity to access. 

We are so excited about what Centro Opp will facilitate and would like to extend our gratitude to those who made it possible. Now to see the building in action and the kids enjoying it even more!

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