Totalmente Esperanza - "WHOLLY HOPE"

We have partnered with Pastor Adolfo and the Esperanza Templo Cristiano, to work with street kids who live in the highly vulnerable “cardboard” neighborhoods of Torreon, Mexico. These children desperately need a safe place of refuge in addition to physical, emotional and spiritual support to help them stay in school and out of the gangs. 

This work allows us to change the trajectory of a child’s life by providing for their physical needs (with the Saturday morning breakfast program) as well as their emotional and spiritual needs (by building relationships with them and showing them that a better life apart from gang involvement, is within their reach).

Through local church and community support, we were able to replace the "cardboard" structure with a brick building which was completed in early spring 2016.  The new facility offers neighborhood children a safer, supervised place for the weekly breakfast program and a host of activities that protect and promote children health and well-being. 

Above are photos taken during the construction phase of the building, as they prepared for opening. 

"I am talking with a cartel sicario outside the breakfast center.  His left eye was swollen shut from a blow from a police rifle. He started crying and asked me to pray with him because he wanted to be free from this life. The memories do not let him sleep." -Stephen Tolman (Regional Director)

"I am talking with a cartel sicario outside the breakfast center.  His left eye was swollen shut from a blow from a police rifle. He started crying and asked me to pray with him because he wanted to be free from this life. The memories do not let him sleep."

-Stephen Tolman (Regional Director)

Our weekly breakfast program continues to flourish!

Fun group activities, education support, food security and a place for worship and fellowship help bring families and the commmunity together. 


Children attending church in one of the "cardboard" neighborhoods. 

Exactly as it sounds, houses and buildings in these communities are pieced together with scrap wood, tarps and lots of cardboard.


The wonderful Pastor Adolfo!

Learning how this grandmother lost her grandson to the gangs.

Children enjoying the weekly breakfast. 


 

A party for the children.

60 children from the breakfast ministry attend a party held at a private school.