CASA DE AMOR, EL SALVADOR

ORPHAN CRISIS IN EL SALVADOR

The nation of El Salvador is the size of New Jersey, with 6 million inhabitants and approximately a third of their people living in extreme poverty. Despite its stunning landscapes, it has one of the highest murder rates in the world, with 104 people murdered per 100,000. As a result of the fierce drug wars, crimes such as murder, burglary, kidnappings, and rape plague the population of El Salvador. 40 million children in Latin America under the age of 15 face abuse and neglect, according to a 2009 report by UNICEF. Domestic abuse among Salvadorians is common and most often directed at women and children. As a result, children find themselves abandoned, forced into child labor, or victims of neglect and abuse. These children are also at risk of being recruited into gangs and forced into child labor and human trafficking rings. They need the immediate safety of homes like Casa De Amor to protect them from the vulnerabilities they would otherwise face.

CASA DE AMOR

In January 2001, Madeline and Cary Metts of the Church of God in North Carolina realized the need for an orphanage while visiting El Salvador. They recognized the prevalence of extreme poverty and crime and how this has resulted in the plight of orphans and abandoned children living on the streets. Casa De Amor was born under the administration of the supervisor of the Church of God in El Salvador, Rev. Carlos Canizalez, and began its functions in the city of Chalatenango. As it grew, it moved to the city of Santa Tecla.  Casa De Amor works with children and adolescents from the ages of six to seventeen years of age. The children are looked after by qualified personnel to ensure a high level of care and meet all standards of care as required by El Salvadorian law. They are provided with education, nutritious food, physical and mental health, recreation, and spiritual care.

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.

PROMINENT ISSUES

Abandonment

Many children are abandoned in El Salvador because of domestic violence and abuse, and poverty. Many abandoned children wander the streets, where they work and are more prone to suffer from exploitation.

Child Labor

Children in El Salvador engage in the worst forms of child labor, including illegal activities. Children also engage in dangerous tasks such as harvesting of sugarcane, coffee and cattle raising.

Drug Abuse and Crime

Many children in El Salvador are surrounded by cartel activity. Many gangs recruit from among the poorest neighborhoods. For many, earning money through criminal activity and the drug trade is more appealing than the alternative of extreme poverty.

HOME

Casa De Amor campus is located in a beautiful, rural area, approximately 7 km from the nearest town. The children and staff have access to clean water that is piped into the home, and plenty of living space for them to live and play.

EDUCATION

The children at Casa De Amor are enrolled into school once they come to the home. They attend a local private school that is located 2km away from the campus. When the van is being used, the children walk to school with the nannies.

FAITH

The children at Casa De Amor are blessed to grow up in an environment that promotes a love of Christ and Christian values. The caretakers and directors are strong believers who strongly promote a Christian upbringing for Casa De Amor kids.

HEALTH

The children have access to proper medical care, and are  taken to a nearby hospital when an emergency arises. The children are served 3 nourishing meals a day, complete with protein, grains, fruit and vegetables.

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Jose P, 8 Years Old – El Salvador

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Jose P, 8 Years Old – El Salvador

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Hi, I'm Jose!

I currently live at Casa De Amor in El Salvador.

Jose spends a lot of his time with his friends. Watching TV and playing soccer are other activities he loves. Art is his favorite subject in school. When he grows up, Jose would love to join the army.

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Gabriela F, 3 Years Old – El Salvador

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Gabriela F, 3 Years Old – El Salvador

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Hi, I'm Gabriela!

I currently live at Casa De Amor in El Salvador.

Gabriela is funny. She likes to ask questions and talk and is very expressive. She also enjoys playing with dolls and hanging out with her friends. She would like to be a police officer when she grows up.

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Samuel F, 5 Years Old – El Salvador

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Samuel F, 5 Years Old – El Salvador

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Hi, I'm Samuel!

I currently live at Casa De Amor in El Salvador.

Samuel, like many of the other boys, loves to play football and has an interest in toy cars and coloring. When he grows up, he wants to become a firefighter.

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Abraham F, 9 Years Old – El Salvador

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Abraham F, 9 Years Old – El Salvador

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Hi, I'm Abraham!

I currently live at Casa De Amor in El Salvador.

Abraham loves all things sports! He can often be found playing football or soccer, riding a bike, and even enjoys drawing. His favorite subject is Math and he would like to one day become a professional soccer player.

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Mariana R, 12 Years Old – El Salvador

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Mariana R, 12 Years Old – El Salvador

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Hi, I'm Mariana!

I currently live at Casa de Amor in El Salvador.

Marianna is funny, friendly, and kind. She is interested in drawing and playing soccer. Pink is her favorite color, and the koala is her favorite animal. Mariana wants to be a police officer when she grows up.

 

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Marcos Z, 15 Years Old – El Salvador

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Hi, I'm Marcos!

I currently live at Casa de Amor in El Salvador.

Marcos is a quiet boy. He is highly imaginative and loves to draw pictures of wolves. Marcos also likes to play football and enjoys grammar class in school. When he grows up, Marcos would like to be a veterinarian.

 

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Mariana R, 9 years old, El Salvador

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Mariana R, 9 years old, El Salvador

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Hi, I'm Mariana!

I currently live at Casa de Amor, El Salvador.

Mariana enjoys playing with dolls and drawing. She is one of three sisters who live at Casa de Amor. Mariana desires to work with kids and become a pediatrician when she grows up.
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Maria R, 11 years old, El Salvador

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Maria R, 11 years old, El Salvador

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I currently live at Casa de Amor, El Salvador.

Maria enjoys playing video games. She, like her two sisters, can often be found singing and helping in the kitchen or cleaning the home.  Though studying has been a challenge for her, Maria's dream is to become a doctor.
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Wendy R, 13 years old, El Salvador

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Wendy R, 13 years old, El Salvador

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I currently live at Casa de Amor, El Salvador.

Wendy loves to help in the kitchen and home and can often be heard singing while she works. Though studying has been a challenge for her, Wendy's dream is to become a doctor and help people.
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Paula F, 12 years old, El Salvador

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Paula F, 12 years old, El Salvador

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Hi, I'm Paula!

I currently live at Casa de Amor, El Salvador.

Paula loves to play soccer and board games. She enjoys learning how to speak English and creating works of art in the classroom. Paula's biggest dreams involve traveling and going on adventures.
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Katherine R, 15 years old, El Salvador

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Katherine R, 15 years old, El Salvador

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I currently live at Casa de Amor, El Salvador.

Katherine likes to be involved in several different activities. She loves to draw, write poems, sing, and play soccer. Katherine enjoys literature and technology. When she grows up, her goal is to become a social worker.
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Antonio F, 13 years old, El Salvador

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Antonio F, 13 years old, El Salvador

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Hi, I'm Antonio!

I currently live at Casa de Amor, El Salvador.

Antonio loves to play any sport, but his favorite is soccer. Not only is he a kind-hearted boy, but he is always ready to help around the home and set a good example for the boys and girls living at Casa de Amor. The subject he most enjoys at school is technology. Antonio dreams of traveling out of the country one day and visiting the United States.
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