Do you remember making forts in the living room out of a blanket or a cardboard box when you were a kid? An explorer, an astronaut... who doesn’t recall the carefree joy of believing that you could do or be anything at all.
For many children in Bolivia, whole families live in cardboard boxes -- an existence so terrible that some children bravely leave them in search of a better life. What they find is the street -- a hard reality where thieves, drug addicts, and prostitutes are their mentors.
Kaya Children International addresses these challenges and offers street children the chance to dream of a life where not only basic needs are met - but all things are possible. Thanks to the generosity of people like you, we have successes to share. But there is much more work to be done and we need your help.
Let me tell you about Jorge. We first met Jorge on the streets. We spent a year seeking him out, talking, praying, building a relationship and finally convincing him to give Kaya a try; leave the streets behind. He eventually did. His stay in the transitional house was typical. He ran away many times -- he swore, stole, lied, cheated, and manipulated -- skills that served him well on the streets. He couldn’t imagine a life where he didn’t need to do those things.
But Kaya never gave up on him. We sought Jorge every time he ran; talked him through every struggle; forgave and allowed him the space to try again. Even after his last year of school, Jorge struggled to figure out what comes next. Kaya helped him find something that lit his fire, culinary school. He enjoyed it, excelled, and secured a job. But there was still something missing.
Jorge mourned the loss of his family. So we helped him realize that dream too. Kaya sponsored visits and phone calls, and family-centered clinical support. Our efforts paid off! Jorge reunited with his mother and brother. He moved in, contributes to the household and he beamingly reports his happiness.
Kaya always believed in Jorge and finally he did too.
This is an example of the unique care that Kaya provides. Our holistic approach provides a nurturing and spiritual home environment with an emphasis on developing critical self-help and life skills.
This is radical and life changing work. And work that depends on support from people like you. Will you help Kaya’s children with a gift today?
Thank you in advance for your support. Your generosity will allow street children to break the cycle of cruelty and believe in a hopeful tomorrow. We pray that your journey of faith, forgiveness and reconciliation will be as rewarding as Jorge’s.