When I was 3 years of age I entered the system. My maternal grandmother physically attacked me. I don’t know everything she did, the only thing I remember perfectly is that she bit my body and taught me that she would give me a drink (beer or alcohol). My mother did not take good care of me and I ended up living in a children’s home.
Now that I am older I understand a little about her lack of affection, mainly because as time went by I learned that my father abused her and as a result of that rape I was born. It was probably very difficult for her… I lived in homes until I came of age, which was not long ago. Although I have fond memories, I also remember that defending oneself was very important. That was the only thing that would help one gain respect among others and not let them hurt you.
Finding a Home
That didn’t help the rest of my life much either because after the home I could only find a shelter to live in. Everyone was afraid of me and I just wanted to be okay. I didn’t dislike the idea of living in a hostel but the people I lived with were much older than me and many had alcohol and drug problems.
I was introduced to the idea of living at House of Hope because my shelter was going to close and being on the streets terrified me. They told me that it was a nice place and that I could study there… Although very scared, I had no idea what this house would give me. Today I live at the House of Hope and dream of studying international cuisine. I feel good. I had never had a single room… and the most important thing is that I am not lacking anything…
Hello. My name is Alanis. I turned 20 last semester.
I have been living in House of Hope for a little more than half a year. I am very thankful.
My life has not been very nice. My parents fought and hit each other probably every day or at least that is what I remember most. As far back as I remember my only stable relationship, family speaking, is my sister Nicole. When I was 12 or so they took us away from my parents and left us in a juvenile home. I was very afraid because it was everything I thought of as a prison. From that time I think the most difficult thing was that they separated me from my sister. She went to another home. Over time they allowed us to be together again but we didn’t know anything more about the rest of my family. Since then it has always been the two of us against everything.
Bad Decisions. Better Options.
I made very bad decisions at the age of 15. I left the system and lived with different people. Many said they would take care of me, many times I thought they loved me… I came to live with a man who seemed different but over time he became more and more violent. One day I thought that I had only completed the 7th grade and I was ashamed to think that at my age I had not achieved anything. I approached House of Hope looking for a different option and I thank God because they accepted me. Since I have lived here I have been studying again. It is difficult for me sometimes, but I believe that just as we study in devotions at the home, there is a God who loves me and will help me get ahead.
Thank you all.
Can you help give the gift of Hope to others like Alanis?
Nayeli Hello. My name is Nayeli. I am 18 years old. When I was 3 years of age I entered the system. My maternal grandmother physically attacked me. I don’t know everything she did, the only thing I remember perfectly is that she bit my body and taught me that she would give me a drink (beer or alcohol). My mother did not …
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The local church knows about Casa Esperanza and came to work with us, cook for us, and more! This troupe of clowns came in vivid colors to brighten a party for the children of the two neighboring orphanages and others who came to a ‘not’ halloween party.
The clowns led dances with the kids and offered skits with gospel messages– their freely offered ministry.
Clowns, elaborate cupcakes, and a handful of chocolate candy to go put many smiles on the faces of the visiting kids. As an encore, the clowns next led the volunteer and house remembers in exhausting dances after the young ones left. (Did we need more exercise?) Love and Hope shines from the Casa Esperanza in Jesus’ name as it connects with children in LaPintana.
Founder Tom Orme gets lots of love from the girls who live at the Casa Esperanza and the kids who visit its programs
During our visit to a nearby boys and girls orphanage, after sharing hotdogs and chips, the students bowed and prayed with us for God’s protection, provision and blessing of the many vulnerable children in Chile. Please pray that they and their workers would share God’s love, care. and strength daily. Please pray for these children.
Photos, hugs, painting, etc!
Lisa on her first time in Chile took 1500 photos for our newsletters while painting rooms, cooking and loving kids! We wanted to say thanks and hope to see you next year!
The snow covered Andes Mtns ever visible from Santiago’s streets, even the dusty ones
Grateful so much for:
The many answered prayers that helped protect, direct and strengthen the team
The chicas’ growth and love we saw at Casa Esperanza (The House of Hope) – very encouraging!
The family God is building there andhope it offers girls and neighborhood
Successful completion of the repairs, roof replacement, and painting projects
The sweet love, unity and fellowship we enjoyed with the team and others who live and work in Santiago
• The Oct 2023 team is now safely home from Chile
Maggie, our youngest team member loved on the girls and made the paint team fly through more work than planned. We need more young workers.
Maybe you or someone you know should think about October 2024?
Support – material and spiritual for the work
Continued growthfor the girls living in the House of Hope
The work team forming for Next Year – late Oct. of 2024
With the two week mission half complete, we took a cool morning to take a team picture for 2023. A team of old and young; men and women; experienced veterans and newbies; Chileans (CH) and Americans from various US states (TN, NY, OH); girls living at the house and we visitors who flew in for two weeks with diverse skills and gifts are all serving together happily and generously. We’ve all truly seen that it is more blessed to give than to receive
One week remains for the team. Work will continue—completing the roof replacement and painting the halls outside the freshly painted bedrooms. Ministry opportunities continue, too. We’ll visit to the niños at the other Hogar on this street. This orphanage, built by the Catholics and serving both boys and girls. is now run by the government. We hosted a ‘not halloween’ party for the community children. Today, the Youth group again. Yes, we keep busy here!
With drywall replaced and patiently prepared with tape and ‘mud’ by Lee, the ceiling left is now being painted. Kurt and Maggie (left) finish up painting hallways on the 2nd floor where rooms were painted all week. Amazing what gets done with many hands!