|Melanie, Jesus and Brayan study every Saturday|
at Casa de Esperanza
|Petronila, one of our residents who has graduated high school.|
working with Chepa on beginning math skills
and activities to build her fine motor skills
We expanded when we opened the women's home, Hijas del Rey (Daughters of the King) to serve those in the Antigua and Panorama area, as well as the women living in the home who continue to have special educational needs.
|Two of our Santo Tomas students and their moms,|
along with Gloria Donis,
the school psychologist with the vision to start this program
|Teaching at the Women's Center in Santa Lucia|
It became apparent we needed a permanent home
for our tutoring program
|This is the entrance to our three room tutoring center,|
the use of which is donated by
the city of Santa Lucia
We began negotiating a contract with the city council (are you beginning to see just how over my head I am?) and in June moved into a permanent facility, between the childcare center and the cemetery in the village of Santo Tomas. (Read more about this here).
|We only have one classroom painted and pretty,|
but it gets a lot of use.
While we don't present formal Bible lessons at the centers, our constant emphasis, through words and actions, is to help the children learn they are loved and valued, by us and more importantly by their Heavenly Father. We talk about them using their God-given talents and abilities to fulfill His plan and purpose for their lives, and base all of our discipline and social skills instruction on Biblical principles using Bible verses and stories.
|We do our best to support our parents.|
Here, Estefany, a Peace Corp worker, volunteering with us,
talks with the mothers about school issues.
The results we are seeing in this short time are overwhelming. Mother after mother will tell me how the children do not like to go to school (where they are ignored, bullied or even abused) but ask almost daily when they get to see Seño Paty. When a twelve year old boy on the autism spectrum cannot enter or leave the center without hugging me, I know they are experiencing love which comes not from my own heart, but straight from the Heart of the Father. What an awesome place to be.