We raise support to provide for all the needs of El Puente Home.  

 

All the money raised is sent to Operation South America. They manage it and make sure it covers all the Home's needs:

  • Food. 
  • Medical Care.
  • School supplies.
  • Salaries for staff: cook, house mom and gardener.
  • Utility bills.
  • Clothing.
  • Construction projects.

Donations also cover the salaries for the transitional team, made up by a psychologist, social worker and lawyer.

 

THE Transitional Team

 
 Luz Cuenca - Psychologist

Luz Cuenca - Psychologist

 Norma Gavilán - Social Worker

Norma Gavilán - Social Worker

Luz cuenca : Psychologist

  • Cares for the girls' emotional and psychological well-being.
  • Visits the Home twice a month.
  • Has one-on-one conversations with the girls about their struggles, dreams, hopes and future plans.
  • Helps them develop a Life Plan: goals they set for themselves with specific steps to attain them.
  • Has group sessions where the girls can share concerns, brainstorm solutions together, support one another and practice empathy and understanding.
  • Works with the girls' relatives to assess the possibility of family reinsertion.
  • Works closely with the social worker to come up with programs and strategies tailor-made for El Puente Home. 

 

 

NORMA gavilán : social worker

  • Visits the Home twice a month. 
  • Prepares thorough reports for every girl which includes their family and legal/judicial history.
  • Works on tracking the girls back to their family of origin, or extended relatives.
  • Evaluates the possibility of family reinsertion: whether a girl can return to her own family, be adopted, or be placed in a loving foster family.
  • Visits the girls' families and advocates for maintaining the family bond, whenever appropriate and possible.
  • Works closely with the psychologist to develop programs and strategies that are well suited for the girls at El Puente Home. 
 Daisy and Fátima - Dentists

Daisy and Fátima - Dentists

Daisy viveros & fátima gonzález : dentists

Fátima and Daisy visit the Home once a month, and tend to all the girls' dental needs. 


Other ways we help

Construction Projects: With the generosity of many of our friends and churches, we have provided financial assistance to help build the Learning Center and equip the dental clinic. Currently, we are hoping to raise enough money to build a second residential unit for the girls.

Donations: Throughout the years we have provided medical supplies, school supplies, clothing, cleaning supplies, a new fridge, stove, fans, furniture, books, computers, projectors and various other goods both for El Puente and for the community. 

Yearly Trips. We've had team of volunteers go visit El Puente every year. The visiting teams teams have organized a broad range of activities both for El Puente and the community at large: Bible studies, computer lessons, English classes, conferences for the youth, games, music lessons, as well as talks on subjects such as mental health, learning skills, life skills, women's health, abuse and addiction. 

Letter writing. We keep in touch with the girls by writing them letters several times a year, and sometimes sending gifts for their birthdays or special occasions. 

How can you help?

Here's HOW!