Kaya Children International

The mission of Kaya Children International is to address the unique needs of street children in Bolivia and around the world through direct service, research and advocacy.
Apr 1, 2013

Thank you for your ongoing partnership with Kaya

Josue (age 11) and his brother, Fidel (age 9) moved into one of Kaya’s home earlier this year. They ran away from home two years earlier to escape abuse at the hands of their father. The dark, cold streets of La Paz were their home for nearly a year until their father went to jail. You can only imagine the excitement in these young boys hearts when they returned home to their mother and new stepfather.

Josue and Fidel’s family is extremely poor. Like many others, they live in crowded housing without sanitation, reliable running water or electricity. Josue and Fidel had to contribute to the household income in anyway possible. They guarded cars in the city streets, shined shoes and at times begged and stole. But life got even worse for the boys --their stepfather resented them. He denied them food, school fees and even at times refused to let them inside.  A short time later, the physical abuse started again.

Despite having a family, Josue and Fidel were on the streets again until they arrived at Kaya. At Kaya, they are living in a safe haven escaping the violence and dangerous influences of the street. They are enrolled in school for the first time in nearly three years and receiving extra academic support. Through a new pilot program, Kaya is working with their mother. Our shared hope is for their reunification in a safe, healthy and loving environment. Most importantly, at Kaya, Josue and Fidel are learning that God loves them and has a plan for their lives.

It is a long, slow road. Many, many positive words of encouragement are needed to overcome the negative ones they have absorbed. Josue and Fidel, like many of Kaya’s children, have been beaten down for years. They are just starting to believe that there may be something different. Your support and ongoing partnership with Kaya helps make a difference in the lives of children like Josue and Fidel. 

Apr 1, 2013

Thank you for your ongoing partnership with Kaya

At the heart of all of Kaya’s day to day activities and services is The Kaya Center. The Center serves all of Kaya’s residential children and dozens of community children living on the streets, or those living at home but who are at extreme high risk of street life. Through education, therapeutic services and group activities, children grow emotionally, spiritually and learn to help themselves to a future with potential. 

The Kaya Center utilizes a holistic, integrated, individualized, strength-based approach to caring for children. We address the physical, psychological, social, academic, and spiritual needs of the children in our care, using individualized service plans to manage intervention activities. Each child’s needs are carefully assessed upon entrance to the program. Services and development goals are customized according to the child’s strengths and weaknesses; and are integrated to maximize effectiveness. The therapists, teachers, and after-school program leaders work collaboratively to meet the holistic needs of the children.

To illustrate the importance of Kaya's holistic, early intervention services, we offer brief profiles of a few of the recent boys and girls who have entered the Kaya Center.

Hector is seven years old. His mother died a year ago from alcohol related issues. Although he lives with his father and older siblings, their housing is unstable and there is insufficient food and negligible income. Hector was not in school, and was spending his time trying to find work in the marketplace.

Six year old Nicolas does not fall into our typical target population because he lives with his mother and grandmother and was not abandoned. However, no one in their family is employed; the little money they have to survive comes from guarding cars at night, and recycling plastic containers. Nicolas was not in school and he was at extreme high risk of entering street life.

The Kaya Center is a safe haven of intervention for these boys. They are now both enrolled in school, receiving tutoring, eating nutritious meals, participating in spiritual formation classes, taking showers, playing soccer and being cared for by the Kaya staff.

We know children’s lives are being transformed through Kaya’s holistic and innovative services. Our efforts have evolved to meet the changing needs of the children we save. Through your support and ongoing partnership, we are able to intervene and prevent children from living a life on the streets. 

Apr 1, 2013

Thank you for your ongoing partnership with Kaya

 
Over the past 12 years, Kaya Children International has fought for the lives of countless children who have been abandoned and abused in Bolivia. Children who have been taught that their lives are worthless are now discovering that God has greater plans with beautiful stories intended for each of them.
 
Over the past three years, Kaya has seen a tremendous growth in the size of the ministry and has observed the impact that it has had for not only the children but families as well. We have served an average of 95 children in the Kaya Center every day, 34 children in the residential program, facilitated 6 family reunifications and ongoing street outreach. Some of the most notable testaments to the ministry are the amazing transformations of the earliest Kaya children who have since graduated from the program and become productive young adults.
 
As a result of our continued expansion, we in the US and Bolivia want to ensure that we continue to provide the most effective and efficient ways to protect and bring new hope to children on the streets. One of Kaya’s key objectives has been involving and empowering local leadership. This objective will be a theme this year as we transition and restructure both our US and Bolivian operations to bring leadership closer to the children we serve. We believe this approach strengthens the effectiveness, sustainability, and the cultural sensitivity of our ministry.
 
With absolute certainty we believe our program in Bolivia is stronger than it has ever been, and we have tremendous confidence in the capabilities of our Bolivian staff. Our focus now is strengthening the foundation of supporters that make the amazing and inspiring work of Kaya possible. As we make these transitions and enter this new chapter, we trust in your partnership and ongoing support to continue our ministry serving the children of La Paz. 
 
Please consider supporting Kaya through one or more of the following ways:
  • Prayer and encouragement – Our children and staff face lives of struggle and doubt every day. The work is hard work. Children are called to unlearn years of abuse or neglect to experience grace. Please pray for our children and our staff. Stories can be found regularly at www.facebook.com/KayaChildren.
  • Financial Support - Without your ongoing support the stories of transformation stop. You can give today and change a life.  You can make a onetime gift, or consider becoming a child sponsor and partnering with us to write another beautiful story of transformation. Give today at http://tinyurl.com/KayaGiving.
  • Professional Support – We are a strong, faithful, and committed Board and are continuously pursuing expansion of ourBoard of Directors and supporting sub-committees. If you are interested in using your professional experience to support Kaya’s vision and work, consider applying for the board or a sub-committee.  These are tremendous opportunities to contribute to children’s lives and help shape Kaya’s future. We are a national board, and members are not restricted to a particular geographical area.  To learn more, please visit www.kayachildren.org/board.
Thank you for your ongoing partnership with Kaya. Through these partnerships redemption and reconciliation has happened. Unfortunately hundreds of children continue to believe they are disposable. Join us in the movement to prove them wrong!

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