Haven of Hope Orphanage
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Current phase of support:
18 Double Orphans
5 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Santa Cruz is one of the fastest growing cities in the world.
543 SQ. MILE 2,102,998 POP.
Nearly half of Bolivia's nine million citizens are under the age of 18, and a vast majority of the country lives in severe poverty. A recent UNICEF report showed that 1.7 million children and adolescents in Bolivia are homeless. The issue is further compounded by the striking number of children in Bolivia who are exposed to physical and sexual abuse in their homes. The poverty cycle drives so many children in Bolivia to desperate circumstances.
Haven of Hope is working to better the lives of children caught in this dangerous cycle.
In 2003, an American humanitarian group, Men and Women of Action, rebuilt a former orphanage in Santa Cruz. This facility is now one of Bolivia's most beautiful homes for orphaned children. The 80-bed facility called Haven of Hope opened its doors January 25, 2004, and operates through funding provided by Serving Orphans Worldwide and several U.S. churches. However, due to budgetary constraints, the facility must currently limit its enrollment. Your donation could help Haven of Hope open its doors to many more Bolivian children who need the love and care that this home offers.
Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.
3 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.
UNICEF recently reported that there are nearly 3,700 children living on the streets in six of Bolivia's major cities, including Santa Cruz. Their living conditions are harsh, making them more vulnerable to other problems.
In Bolivia, children are many times viewed as just another piece of property. Thus, the home is not a safe environment for many children as parents may find justification for abusing them.
Bolivia is a source country for men, women, and children being trafficked into sex slavery or forced labor. The majority of victims are young girls, left with no other place to go.
Haven of Hope is currently working to finish construction on a new section of the facility to allow even more children to enter into their care. Right now, the greatest concern of the home is how to transition the children post-care. They desire to find forever families for the children but are met with difficulty. Please consider helping Haven of Hope in finding places for these children to call home. In order to continue to provide for the children at Haven of Hope, the caretakers are also in great need of a van to transport them to various activities, as well as doctor's appointments.
The children receive four meals a day, consisting of nutrient dense foods such as vegetables and meat. In order to ensure safe drinking water, the home is still in need of a water purifying system. Most of the children that Haven of Hopes takes in have been severely abused by family members. The home always sees to it that the children receive a thorough check-up upon arriving at the home. However, keeping these check-ups routine is more difficult as many children do not have a birth certificate, thus raising the cost of medical care.
The children are taught in a new church building about the love of Jesus. The home would be greatly appreciative of any Christian books or Bibles to further the children's growth. The home also looks to other aspects of the children's healing. After a recent check-up with a psychologist, Haven of Hope is praising God for beginning to restore the girls' sense of value and self worth.
Many children are denied an education in Bolivia because of their difficult circumstances. Haven of Hope is able to send their children to a public school near the home. Haven of Hope greatly desires to teach their children vocational skills to sustain them in life, but are currently lacking the proper resources to do so. Please consider helping this home give their children the necessary skills to enhance their quality of life for years to come.