It was moving day in Bolivia.
Both the Boys’ and the Girls’ homes moved into new houses this month. There was an amazing property that became available for the boys, who have been looking for more space for a year, and the homeowner also had a family member with a nice house available for the girls. These opportunities were too good to pass up. Since Bolivia is on winter break right now, it was a perfect time for both homes to pack up and move. It was an “all hands on deck” endeavor as all the staff, boys, and teams of volunteers joined in to help. Both houses required 3 huge truckloads to move to their new spaces. Loading, unloading, and putting things in their place took all day.
The relationships formed in a few short days were very profound for all parties involved, and one of the volunteer families have decided to sponsor the boy.
The real work though, happened in the week leading up to the move. The new home for the boys was so appealing because of its space, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t going to require a lot of work. Every square inch of the house needed to be painted, many of the brick walls needed to plastered, and a small team of volunteers wanted to do everything they could to make the house a home. This included making art projects for the walls, choosing nice, fun paints for the rooms, and building new super-sturdy seating for the dining room to replace the old chairs the boys had been using. The older boys spent most mornings of their break at the new home helping with cleaning, painting, and bench building. One beautiful thing that came out of this was seeing one of the boys who had typically hung back absolutely hit it off with the team of volunteers visiting from the States. He was eager and happy to work hard by their side and to learn about how to use tools and build. The relationships formed in a few short days were very profound for all parties involved, and one of the volunteer families have decided to sponsor the boy.
It’s amazing to see people learning how to love and care about these kids like God does.
*Due to country requirements, we are unable to show photos of the children in blog posts at this time.