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Independent Life?

Independencia

We asked a young woman who lives with us about her adaptation and she told us:

One of the things that I have like most is being able to do my own things and learn more,such as: How to wash in a washing machine for the first time because in the Home where I lived for 15 years I never washed because the caretakers did it and later where I lived as an adult we did not have a washing machine, so it was the first time that I did it. The same for cooking.

These little things are gigantic in the independent life. When we see this we also understand many other things about the reality of our youth and adolescents.

We ask for your prayers that we may adapt to one another and live together in peace.

Daniel Trujillo

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Testimony, Nido de Aguilas Chile.

Thanks House of Hope!!!

Every student should live the experience of developing a social enterprise. Students in Chile can contribute not only to noble causes in our country, but this type of experience can also mean a lot in their learning. When we came to House of Hope, we wanted to help, to contribute with our enthusiasm and knowledge, to raise funds to rebuild the multi-purpose court, a dream cherished by the headquarters in La Pintana for many years – a  dream that as sportsmen we shared and valued in all its magnitude. We thought that the enjoyment of watching children run and enjoy sports activities would be our only reward, but today at the end of the year and having achieved our goal, we know that we are the main beneficiaries.

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NICOLE

House of Hope, in its residency program for young university women, has received around 30 girls during these six years of operation. This is not to mention the young people who are or have been part of the team of volunteers in workshops and in the hope school. There have been 30 girls, and today we will talk about Nicole – or Nico – as she is called by her friends.

She is 24 years old and is studying Elementary Education, majoring in English. She has lived in House of Hope for the last four years. Why did she come here? What was she looking for? Did she find it?

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Community work

Four weeks ago I started to work at two different schools in La Pintana. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays I am helping at the „Forjadores del Fututo“-School, on Thursdays and Fridays I go to the „Las Rosas“-School, which is a special needs school. The work at these two schools is completely different,which makes it very interesting! At the „Forjadores del Futuro“-School I am helping in grade 3. There are almost 25 children in the classroom and it is sometimes difficult to work with all of them. Sometimes I repeat myself over and over again, saying: „Keep on working…sit down…copy the question from the blackboard…please finish your task now …“ but I think it is worth the trouble if the children can be proud of themselves after finishing a task and getting good grades for it. It makes me happy to see them content about their work.In the last week the children and their teacher started to prepare for the national holiday around the 18th of September, which will be celebrated in school with performances of different dances.One day they practiced to dance „Cueca“, which is the national dance of Chile. It is great for me to have the opportunity to be part of that, as I have never seen something comparable at a German school.

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House of Hope Update from Amanda

Amanda Grengs

Amanda

Week 1-

It was a quick adjustment to get settled into House of Hope and feel apart of the family.Week one in Chile was settling into my schedule and figuring out my role in helping outat the schools, hogare, and the house of hope ministry. It has been great getting to knowthe kids and see their eagerness to learn, their questions are endless. Some of the kids atthe school also come to Hope Community on Wednesday nights and they also come on Saturday. Many of these kids come from tough backgrounds and this is a chance for them to just be a kid and have fun while also learning about who Jesus Christ is. One of my highlights so far is worshipping in the churches here in Spanish and building relationships even though there is a language barrier, it is a true testament that love does not have barriers. Continue reading House of Hope Update from Amanda