Greetings friends and supporters of El Puente!
Thank you for your patience, El Puente has had a very busy summer, or should I say, winter season. Remember, that continents on opposite sides of the Equator have opposite seasons. So our summer is their winter.
And what a winter, here are several months worth of activities and photos of our kids in action:
First, our Psychologist and Social Worker, who meet with the girls monthly, send us updates and pictures of planned activities they do with the children. In their report, they said:
The girls interests have been identified: baking, dancing, art, hairdressing, sports, manicure, carpentry and devotionals. Each of these activities will be practiced as a group, to promote a healthier communal living, and to build confidence in the girls. The goal is that through these activities, the girls will develop skills in areas that they enjoy, learn to work together, and start thinking about their futures.
The first activity was baking, and the end result looked very tasty. (See pictures at the bottom). This happened in the month of June.
Second, in the month of July, the girls were treated to a night out and dinner for good grades as well as to celebrate a birthday.
Then a friend of El Puente and his church organized an early Children's Day Celebration (a national holiday in Paraguay, on August 16). They brought a bunch of gifts to share with the girls and the children in the community. (Photo below).
Also, as a gift to two of our girls who had their Quinceaneras, they were able to go to their first soccer match and see their favorite team play and win, team Olimpia! This was truly an event they would never forget.
The next monthly activity our staff did with the girls was a traditional Paraguayan dance. They also spent time with with each child and had important group discussion.
Some big news is that the construction of the new home should be complete as you read this and the girls have moved their belongings in. They were also able to add a small addition to the volunteer's house. Everything is looking lovely.
And the most recent report and pictures show the girls participating is dancing, painting and making homemade chocolates.
Of course El Puente has its ups and downs as well. The kids and staff and family that hosts the home all need prayer for different needs. What they and we can rest assure of is this: that our God is in control, He already knew every what was coming and what to do. He's given us His Son, Jesus and His Word to guide us, and give us wisdom. Please continue to lift up all these amazing, brave, beautiful kids as well as the hard working, compassionate staff at the Home. We thank you all for your love, prayers and support. No matter the distance, what you do will be a great help and makes a difference.