Although the answer may seem obvious, I'm often asked - why support a program that works with formally abandoned children? Why is it so important?
This work, the work of Girasoles Sanos Program, is building lives. It is grounded in the notion that all children deserve access to the pathways of their futures. It is centered in our belief that all children deserve the opportunity to decide who they want to be. And, the Girasoles Sanos Program actually stops the impact of trauma, violence and intergenerational poverty. It directly breaks the cycles that trap children.
There are currently two brothers living in our home in the Sacred Valley of Cusco. They only speak Quechua, an indigenous Andean language. They are shy and withdrawn. They come from very traumatized backgrounds and deep levels of poverty. Until coming to our home, they had never eaten with a fork or knife. Nor had they had never taken a bath or shower.
Today, they are opening up. They are smiling. Our work is slow. It's about teaching the simple things like how to eat at the dinner table, or engage with adults who are your caregivers. It’s about showing the brothers unconditional love. The work is slow, but it’s showing so much promise. We are truly making a difference.
During our capital campaign, every penny we receive in donations will go directly to support the homes. All of the monies, 100%, will help to provide nutritious meals, clothing, schooling, developmental support - it will help to build lives.
What more could we want with our work then to know we are building futures for the next generation. And that's exactly what is happening in our Girasoles Sanos Program.
So, thank you - for your support, kindness and dedication. And please continue to keep the Girasoles children in your thoughts and prayer. Support our capital campaign today.
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