We at Project Esperanza believe that it is important to teach our
children the importance of sharing what they have with others less
fortunate. When we hear of a particular need in our community, we
hold a group discussion about how we can help those affected. We are
always amazed at the compassion and generosity of our kids. Although
Project Esperanza does not typically have more resources than we need,
those resources that we have are happily shared with families in dire
need if at all possible.
lives in what used to be a one room shack with his parents
and 6 siblings. Project Esperanza donated building materials
to this family so they could build a small bedroom for four
of their seven children. In addition to helping children in
our facility, we also provide help to families of the children
who receive services in our shelter.
Through fund-raising efforts, money was raised in October 2002 to
purchase and distribute food to starving families in northern Nicaragua.
A van was rented and our children set out with our volunteers to distribute
food in that area. Our children were struck by the magnitude of the
poverty in the northern region; and this experience led to several
group discussions about why people have to suffer, why the government
allows it, and other thought-provoking topics.
Donna and Mariana present little Luis with a bicycle to enable
him to go to school. We had taken Luis to a visiting American
heart specialist in Managua who determined that his condition
was inoperable and that he had only a few years to live. Our
boys voted to donate their smallest bicycle to Luis so that
he could continue going to school.
who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord,
and He will pay back what
he has given."
- (Proverbs 19:17)
Carlos, who lives in a neighboring shelter, suffers
from scoliosis. Project Esperanza volunteers donated
money and took Luis Carlos to a local hospital for x-rays.
The x-rays were sent to a volunteer doctor in the United
States who will continue to monitor Luis Carlos' annual
x-rays until the inevitable surgery is required.
volunteers raised enough money to start Robert Jose's
chemotherapy treatment in Managua after it was discovered
that he suffered from cancerous tumors in his sinuses
and neck. Through donations, he and his mother were
flown to the United States where Roberto Jose' underwent
successful removal of the tumors. Sadly, Roberto Jose'
died from further cancerous growth shortly after returning
to Nicaragua. His family is comforted in knowing that
we assisted in doing everything humanly possible for