It all started wITH FREE LUNCHES...
After losing their 8 year old son to Leukemia, Osvaldo and Maria Luisa Recalde decided to escape the noise and busyness of Asunción and moved to the tranquil town of Quyquyhó, about 4 hours away. Their wish was to seclude themselves and live in peace. But soon after arriving in Quyquyhó, they discovered that many families in town struggled to provide for their children. So they opened up their home and offered free lunch and breakfast to all the kids in the community. At one point, they were feeding 120 children per day in their comedor (canteen).
English missionaries, who had been friends with the Recaldes for a long time, saw the need in Quyquyhó and established Operation South America (OSA), a fully registered charitable organization that exists both in the UK and in Paraguay. With the support of OSA, the comedor was able to feed hundreds of kids for many years. As time went by, the Recaldes started receiving children who were not only hungry, but also orphaned and vulnerable, coming from very broken families. In particular, young girls whose families could no longer support them.
The Recaldes felt called by God to transform the comedor into a Girls' Home. With OSA's backing and the Paraguayan government's approval, Hogar El Puente was established in 2008 and to this day continues to care for and provide for vulnerable girls.
Since 2012, we, Friends of El Puente (in the US) has come alongside Operation South America (in the UK) to support the work they have been doing at the Home. They have graciously invited us to partner with them and we couldn't be more thankful and excited to join them in this journey.
El Puente is now home to 20 girls. It's located in a large property in the center of Quyquyhó. It now also has its own classroom, computer lab, dental clinic, vegetable garden, chicken coop, playground and orchard.