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 a small percentage owning most of the land and businesses. This leaves many in the rural areas of Paraguay little to no source of income. Once stuck in poverty, there is not a high change of rising out. According to the World Bank Group, the poverty rate, defined as those making less than $3.10 a day rose from 26.6 percent to 28.8 percent in Paraguay. Women and indigenous populations are impacted the most. As a result, children are sometimes forced to engage in child labor, and not given the opportunity to attend school. According to a report published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics, children in Paraguay engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in cattle raising and domestic servitude, sometimes as a result of human trafficking.
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.
This year, we have a goal to help improve the quality of care for these amazing children, and we need your help. Your gift will help provide education, a safe home, health, and adult mentors who can share the Love of Christ. Our promise to you is that 100% will go directly to the home.