¿How was your life like before coming to “Casa Esperanza”?
Juan: Before, my life was terrible. I did not have many resources like food to eat. I lived in the Yungas with my Mom, older brother, and uncles. I haven’t met my dad. I had problems with my Mom and my brother. That is why the advocacy has brought me to La Paz.
How long have you been at “Casa Esperanza”?
Juan: I came into the home when I was six years old. Before, I lived in the “Casa de Paso” and was there for a year and a half. I have been living in “Casa Esperanza” for nine years now.
“Casa Esperanza” is a project that works daily with the formula of love and responsible commitment. That formula is applied to the children and adolescents in our care so that we can positively transform lives together. We are a tool for this transformation of our beneficiaries who, despite having gone through great difficulties, maintain hope for a promising future.
The children and adolescents who come to “Casa Esperanza” are victims. Victims of physical and psychological violence, abandonment, economic disparities, and political-social negligence, and despite this, they are more than these negative labels. We see beyond the social stigma of their circumstances, and we see in each of them a living testimony of perseverance and a life-long lesson to show that nothing is lost.
At “Casa Esperanza” we care for and ensure the well-being of each child and adolescent, not only covering all their basic needs of food, education, and health and well-being but also the critical care and work of psychological well-being. We patiently and tactfully treat the emotional wounds that left their mark on every child. Everyone deserves to be accepted for who they are and where they are in their life journey. Our premise is that each person and their story is unique, and through their individuality, we practice tenderness and conscientiousness.
It assists children in facing significant challenges and encourages them to focus on achieving autonomy, including personal management, independent economic life, and education to help them find a future profession/vocation, passion, and mission in life. These challenges require energetic and practical evaluation from each professional who works with us to create an action plan for these children.
Our work has the vital support of the Arco Iris Foundation. The entire work team is constituted of professionals and tutors in our area, and we are thankful for this external support. We understand that having a servant’s heart is a task that only works when we all work together.
At “Casa Esperanza”, children and adolescents receive support and guidance that enables them to overcome the obstacles they face.