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.