|My six awesome kids at the parking garage!!|
Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of Hogar de Amor para Ninos, the orphanage that we worked with for the first (almost) two years we were in Bolivia. I usually refer to it as Casa de Amor in my blog, don't exactly know why! We thought it was important to go and show our support and celebrate with Jennifer and the Hogar team for this grand accomplishment! The event started at 9 so we once again had to get up and going early!
We arrived fashionably Bolivian late... And Tia Rosa was speaking about the Hogar when we arrived. She gave some really neat facts about the Hogar and the things that it has been able to accomplish over the past ten years. The Hogar has received 145 children during the past ten years. I believe that 119 of those have gone either back to family or have been adopted. Incredible! This Hogar works so hard to place these children into families. They believe that every child deserves to grow up in a loving home. Basically, they want to work themselves out of job with these children. Of course, the need doesn't stop for a safe place for children while they are waiting for families, so "job security" is unfortunately always there!
|Tia Rosa sharing about the accomplishments of Hogar de Amor|
|Some of the statistics of Hogar de Amor|
|Tias listening to the speeches|
|Tia Sarin sharing..|
|V. with her new Mommy!|
I don't know if any of you remember baby F. that we cared for for two months, but she was also there with a lady who is in the process of trying to adopt her. She looked healthy and so happy! She also was running around everywhere. A big improvement on the "baby blob" we took care of!
|Baby F. with her prospective mother!|
Paula commented later that the event was really short. Rudi commented that she had been in Bolivia for too long, as it seemed pretty long to us!! I think she was expecting another long wedding type event!
|Ruth and Paula taking it all in!|
|S. and "Daddy"|
Quite a few more people spoke and then Tio David presented Jennifer with a plaque commemorating the 10 year anniversary of Hogares de Amor para Ninos.
|Tia Jennifer receiving her plaque!|
|The Famous Triplets with the founder of the Hogar, Jennifer Beaty!|
Congratulations, Jennifer and the team at Hogar de Amor for a successful and blessed 10 years! May there be many more children blessed and impacted by your service to Cochabamba, Bolivia in the future!
Mark 10:14&15 "...Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein."