Hogar El Camino – Paraguay
Current phase of support:
25 Double Orphans
240 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Asuncion is Paraguay's capital as well as its largest city.
45 SQ. MILE 542,023 POP.
Despite making significant changes in economics and politics in the past two decades, Paraguay remains a largely underdeveloped nation. Paraguay has long struggled with the gap between the upper and lower class, with the upper making up a larger part of the population. This leaves many in the rural areas of Paraguay with little land and little to no source of income. Once stuck in poverty, there is not a high change of rising out. Contributing to this problem is the lack of education for the children living in rural areas. Although school is mandatory for children, it is often not strongly reinforced.
In a place where the family is often broken, Hogar El Camino restores children to a loving family.
Founded in 2010, Serving Paraguay is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the children of Paraguay who are victims of abuse, neglect and poverty. To that end, they operate a Christ-centered children’s home on 40 acres in Itaugua, Paraguay, about 20 miles outside of the capital city of Asunción. The children’s home (Hogar El Camino) is unique in that they utilize a family structure to restore and develop the children entrusted to their care. Thus, the atmosphere at Hogar El Camino is much more that of a community than an institution. Hogar El Camino receives children who have been abandoned, orphaned, or removed from their parents due to abuse or neglect. In conjunction with the children’s home, they also operate the New Path Christian School, serving not only the children from Hogar El Camino, but also more than 180 children from the surrounding, impoverished community.
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.
Most of the children coming into Hogar El Camino are leaving harsh home situations of abuse and exploitation. A UNICEF report in 2010 showed that nearly 60% of children in Paraguay suffer some type of violence.
In Paraguay, 1 in 5 children has to work more than 9 hours a day. UNICEF estimates that there are 400,000 children working in Paraguay.
Paraguay is a source and transit country for trafficking. Often it is the poorer, rural children who are exploited and forced into sex trade and servitude.
Nineteen buildings make up the facilities at Hogar El Camino. Ten of those buildings are homes for children, staff, and volunteers; children currently occupy three. The other buildings serve as space for a school, offices, maintenance buildings, and further staff housing. When children arrive in the home, they are placed in the care of a family with a loving Christian mother and father. In those homes, 10-12 children live alongside their houseparents. There are two empty houses which the home hopes to use in the future to take in even more children. Hagar El Camino asks for prayers, that God would send new house parents to fill the spots in those empty homes.
Hogar El Camino serves 5 smalls meals a day, including bread, fruit, beans, and rice. The home owns property with fruit trees on it, providing the home with sustainability in that area. As for medical help, the children receive testing when needed, with hospitals nearby if any children become seriously ill. Each child receives weekly or bi-weekly counseling, and the home greatly desires to provide further training for the counselors.
The children participate in worship services and a weekly discipleship program, memorize scripture, and enjoy daily devotions with their house parents. The house parents disciple the child in their care, providing them with a mother and father figure the children probably didn't have before. The goal is that these children who were once overlooked by society will become the Christian leaders who transform the future of Paraguay.
Each child attends the private school located on-site, where they receive a quality education in a Christian environment. Older children are able to participate in vocational training in the home’s garden, bakery, or farm. The home also desires for the house parents and counselors to be educated an trained on how to help the struggles of the children in their care.