A few months ago, The Hope Effect hosted a Christmas party in San Luis Rio Colorado for 89 orphans in the care of the San Luis DIF (Mexico’s version of Child Protective Services). Thanks to our generous supporters, we were able to provide gifts for all the children, and it was the beginning of a great partnership between our organization and the San Luis DIF.
It was also when we learned that 24 of the children in that facility didn’t have beds and were sleeping on the cold floor.
At The Hope Effect, we are passionate about changing how the world cares for orphans – and passionate about helping orphans in any way we can. We are currently pursuing options in San Luis that will allow us to provide long-term solutions that mimic the family – two-parent, family-style homes that create stable environments where children can thrive. But in the meantime, we are going to care for these children NOW, in any way possible.
So last Saturday, we traveled down to San Luis along with volunteers from two Arizona gyms – El Jefe CrossFit and The Den @ Jen’s – with the goal of building 24 beds for these kids in need.
Working with over 1,000 pounds of lumber, this incredible team of people was able to build 26 beds (two more than planned!) during the course of the day. We even had the opportunity to place them in the DIF facility and see the reactions of the children!
Naturally, some of the children immediately tried jumping on the beds (what else are beds for?) while others just sat on them, excited to have something of their own. What an incredible opportunity to give these kids not only a place to sleep, but the knowledge that they are cared for and loved.
We can’t say thank you enough to our amazing team of volunteers. These weren’t professional builders…most of the team didn’t have any construction experience (although all that time in the gym came in handy!). The volunteers are just wonderful people with generous hearts who gave their time to make a difference in the lives of these children.
We are excited for the next steps in San Luis. This Thursday, we’ll be delivering blankets, towels, and washcloths generously donated by members of Journey Church in Peoria, Arizona.
If you would like to be a part of this important work, you can help us take this project one step further by providing an orphan with a pillow. Currently, there are 55 children in the DIF facility without this simple means of comfort – and you can change that! To purchase a pillow, click here.
Thank you so much for your partnership and support. Together, we can make a difference in San Luis, and ultimately, change how the world cares for orphans.