About us

Our Mission

Friends of the Hogar Rafael Ayau, NFP is organized to provide financial assistance to former residents of the Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage and other Guatemalan children and young adults by supporting spiritual development, educational programs, charitable activities and residents of the Orthodox Monastery of the Holy Trinity.  Therein reside the nuns as well as young men and women who have reached the age of majority, are studying and/or working and previously resided at the Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage.

Come and participate.

  • Holy Trinity Monastery, high above Lake Atmatitlan surrounded by magnificent volcanos, is a beautiful oasis for retreat and refreshment of mind, body & soul.  

  • Iconography workshops are annually taught by teachers from the Prosopon School of Iconology bringing together students from around the world.

  • Opportunity for on-line study for residents and other Hispanics include secondary school CERA and higher education UOMAC. *Schools founded by Madre Inés

  • Opportunity for in-person study for residents include special education, vocational school, and private university.

  • Come worship at the Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity.

The seeds of Orthodoxy have been planted; a beautiful charitable community continues to flourish and grow.  BIG IS GOD!


We support a set of health and education projects that operate free of charge for the benefit of some of the most vulnerable sectors of the Guatemalan population.


Thank you for the generosity and joy you

bring helping us help those in need,


Carol Karos, 

President of the Board 

Friends of the Hogar Rafael Ayau