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Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

Photos taken by Tom Robinson, a 30-year-old English photographer who has traveled extensively through South East Asia as well as South & Central America. He worked for a year at a special needs school, which was an eye opener and he thinks back to it more now that he is a father. He especially remembers a girl who was quadriplegic and would blink once for yes and twice for no, yet they could still talk for long periods about all sorts of things. Her strength and determination through adversity is an inspiration to us all.

About these photos: “Located on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Hogar Miguel Magone provides shelter for over 80 children aged between three and sixteen years old. The majority of children sent to the Hogar are victims of abuse or neglect. Other children end up at the Hogar after being kidnapped from their families – a growing trend in Guatemala. Hogar means home in Spanish.

The children are fed, watered and cared for by local teachers, volunteers and service personnel and attend a local school, which they walk to every day. The food is basic, but keeps them healthy and usually comprises of re-fried beans, rice and as many vegetables the cook can fit in without the children noticing. Bread is also handed out, which is cooked daily by the children in the Hogar’s bakery.

I often wanted to know more about how each child ended up at the Hogar, but never asked. As an outsider I was immediately accepted by the children who wanted me to constantly play games with them, help with their homework and at times just wanted a hug. My time at the Hogar taught me how incredible young children are at adapting to their situation, however hard and difficult that may be. If you are interested in volunteering at the Hogar or making a donation, you can contact them through their website www.hogarmiguelmagone.com.”

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11 responses to “House of Abandoned Children”

  1. quantumphysica Avatar

    That is something really beautiful…

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  2. soultherapist Avatar

    How cute are those all smiley little faces…. how sad how many people in the world look desperately for having a baby and how many left them alone 😦

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  3. megwolf Avatar

    Wow, powerful photos and story. Great colour in the images as well.

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  4. robschofieldphotography Avatar
    robschofieldphotography

    Really good series of photographs

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  5. Another Perspective Photography Avatar

    What a lovely post, with a great story. It’s amazing to see children’s joy in spite of adversity.

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  6. Mitch Elder Avatar

    Beautiful post.

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  7. Ashley Hayhurst Avatar

    I love this. The images are fun and colorful just like the kids. So very inspiring 🙂

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  8. carfreeinthechristmascity Avatar

    These photos bring me right back to 1997 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The orphanage we worked in housed boys, mostly dropped off by their families because one more mouth was too much. The love and joy in the boys’ eyes astounded me.

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  9. Emilio Avatar

    Children really are amazing. This post reminded me of an insert I produced for broadcast about an orphanage for abused kids in Soweto, South Africa. Unbelievable what some people do to children. It’s heartbreaking – but those kids just kept on smiling.

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  10. Maureen Avatar
    Maureen

    Thank you to these amazing, wonderful children; I cannot be sad today!

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  11. thehappyhugger Avatar

    A really moving post, thank you.

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