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Compass G i v in g
VOICE FOR THE
VOICELESS Enlightening the lives of miniature Miamian’s
for the last 30 years, below is just one example
of the many charitable changes the Voices For
Children Foundation have made in our city.
T E X T BY RYA N JA R R E LL
The deck seemed stacked against young Amelia Guzman.
Born in Nicaragua, she and her family immigrated to the
U.S. in 1988. Alienated from her peers and caught in an
unstable home situation, Guzman gradually began falling
away from the typical success track of a teenage girl.
Eventually placed in foster care, there seemed to be only
one saving grace in this otherwise troubled teenager’s life:
A relationship with the Voices For Children Foundation
and her Guardian Ad Litem Mirtha Fuentes. “Whenever
I had a question, whenever I was scared, she was there
for me,” she says. “Sometimes when we didn’t have
money for food, she would bring it to us without asking.”
Now a working mother of 3, Guzman gives back to the
foundation that helped her so much, acting as a Guardian
to children trapped in situations similar to her own. Just
one of many success stories this powerful philanthropic
effort totes, consider aiding or even participating in
saving a child’s life with this singularly essential charity;