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Casa de Amor's Vision
Over 20,000 children in Bolivia call the streets or one of many crowded institutions "home", with an estimated 6,000 in Cochabamba. Several factors contribute to the problem, including abject poverty (70% of the population), lack of basic medical care, and the breakdown of the family unit. The need is great!
Our children generally come to Casa de Amor one of two ways:
A referral from the government of Bolivia A child who is abandoned, removed from an abusive situation, or orphaned
A referral from another ministry We are one of only a few homes in Cochabamba equipped to care for babies, compared to literally dozens for older children
Whenever possible, our desire is to provide the support necessary to keep families together.
Casa de Amor IIn operation since December 2004, we are blessed to work from a large sunny home in Cochabamba. Usually Casa de Amor's Baby Home shelters between 15 to 20 beautiful, active babies and toddlers: boys and girls ages newborn to 3 years of age.
Casa de Amor II
God has blessed us with another large home in Cochabamba from which to care for the children He brings us. Casa de Amor II opened its doors on July 4, 2006, and is currently home to 14 children ages 3 to 8 including several sibling groups.
Casa de Amor III
Missionary families following God's call manage our "Casa de Amor III". There babies and young children with more challenges receive the specialized care they need. Currently 6 children, baby to 5 years old, enjoy the highly personalized attention of this loving home.
Casa de Amor operates thanks to the generosity of many individuals and two churches in particular. We receive no money from the government or from grants.
The Lord has truly blessed Casa de Amor from the very beginning in the area of staff and volunteers. He has brought us a loving team with much experience and a deep desire to reach out to these children.
YOU are also welcome to come visit us! Bolivia is a fascinating country with sunny weather and warm, friendly people. Christians from other countries are welcome to serve alongside the Bolivian staff on a (preferably) long-term basis. Accommodations for these volunteers are available at the homes or with local host families. Write Elena at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and trip costs.//
Our Vision "Turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers (Malachi 4:6)."//
Whenever possible, our desire is to keep families together, encouraging parents to take the responsibility for their children. If this is not possible, we will do our best to make sure Casa de Amor is only a stop in the child's journey to a "forever family". We look forward to the day when adoptions are again open between the US and Bolivia. Until that time, our children will be placed with families in Bolivia or other countries (see below).