Over the past 10 years, HBI has partnered with the Anglican Church of Peru to develop various projects focused on women and children living in extreme poverty. One of these projects, the Ines Project for Medically Fragile Children, started with one little girl and has quickly become a model program for care coordination within squatter communities. It has blossomed into a network of care ambassadors, health service providers, and community advocates who are now changing the lives of dozens of medically fragile children and their families.
A critical partner on the project is the Shalom Rehabilitation Center – providing physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychological counseling, and spiritual support for families with medically fragile children living in the poorest communities on the outskirts of Lima. The Shalom Center is a narrow four-story building that provides holistic services for patients with chronic medical conditions: cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis and other advanced neurological conditions. Many of the patients who receive services from the Shalom Center find it challenging, if not impossible, to walk on their own.
Last year at this time, we asked each of you to support our work and donate a total of $20,000 to the construction of an elevator for Shalom. In January you completed our funding goal, construction started in July, and the elevator was complete and christened in late September (see video below). Reverend Pat Blanchard, Shalom Director said, "The children and their families are happy that they don't have to be carried upstairs anymore, and there are children who are seeing the whole facility for the first time. Over the last month there have been countless positive moments due to the elevator. We would like to offer our thanks and blessings to everyone who supported this incredibly important work."
From all of us at HBI, we wish to express our sincere and heartfelt gratitude. We are humbled by your continuous support and we look forward to building more bridges - together.
The HBI Team
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