Misioneros Del Camino is a charitable, non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Florida, USA in 1986, and in Guatemala under Government Agreement #1088. It has federal tax exemption in both countries and was founded by Mrs. Leonor Portela, widow of José Crespo, a Cuban-American.
Mrs. Portela, was widowed with a six months old son in 1961, when her husband, Captain Jose A. Crespo’s military airplane crashed into the ocean. Three days after the devastating earthquake in Guatemala on February 4, 1976 that left 23,000 dead and 100,000 injured, she traveled to Guatemala taking aid from Miami for the victims of the earthquake.
While in Guatemala, she felt a calling from God to help the poor children of that country. In 1986, with the $2,700 she had raised with her prayer group, she moved to Guatemala to open a Home for the children.
Since 1986, Leonor Portela has been living in the mountains, nourishing, educating, and loving the orphaned, abandoned, and malnourished children of Guatemala.
The primary objective is to help malnourished, abandoned, and orphaned children by offering them a Home with the opportunity to be raised in a healthy environment.
They receive love and education to help them become productive citizens of the society, breaking the cycle of ignorance and poverty.