In June of 2012, a group of friends from Calvary Chapel Mountain View traveled to Paraguay to visit El Puente Girls Home.
There are many reasons why the girls ended up at the Home. All of them heartbreaking. We heard stories of abuse, neglect, rejection, pain and hardship. However, their stories were also amazing examples of resilience, joy, perseverance, redemption and, above all, of a boundless hope for their future. Our hearts have been bound to these girls ever since.
We are partners and supporters of Operation South America. O.S.A is a British non profit that founded El Puente and runs it to this day. Like us, they are also a team of volunteers (but with over a decade of experience!) with a passion to serve vulnerable children in Paraguay.
O.S.A runs all the operations, financing, budgeting and policy-making the Home. Friends of El Puente (that's us!) supports them by raising awareness and fundraising.
Our goal and prayer is that every girl that goes to El Puente Home successfully transitions to an environment where they can continue to flourish and thrive.
Both Operation South America and Friends of El Puente are founded on Christian principles. We love Jesus and desire for everyone to experience the joy of knowing Him, including the girls at El Puente. We believe that the best environment for a child to thrive in is a family. This is supported by scientific evidence. It also mirrors what Scripture teaches about God. He is Father who adopts us and includes us in His family.
At the same time, we have worked, and are currently working, with amazing friends of different faiths and worldviews. We seek to partner with anyone who cares about vulnerable children. This shared goal allows for a unified, concerted effort within a team that is diverse and inclusive.