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Summer Vacation

IMG_1641The Hope for Tomorrow children enjoyed a week of vacation from school this month. Our volunteers joined forces to plan a week of activities and excursions for the kids. Every morning started with VBS which included a bible story and craft to teach the children of God’s love and care for His creation. In the afternoons, they had various activities planned for days of fun.

The first day of vacation was termed girls’ day. Amelia and Lidia went with our volunteers to see Pixar’s Inside Out, which made them all laugh and cry. After the movie, they returned and took all the girls over to the new property for “Beauty Salon” where they made bracelets and did each others’ nails. Even baby Ashley got her nails done.

Day two of vacation the kids took a trip to the park they normally play at. However, this time was special, as they got to go play in the carrousel park next door with rides and games. The kids were so excited to finally get to play in the carrousel park they see almost everyday but rarely get to play at. They loved playing the games to win tickets and buy prizes. Then they would get on the rides and their smiles seemed like they would last forever.

Day three the kids spent all day in their PJs, watched movies, and had a lazy day at home. The volunteers popped popcorn and baked cookies for the kids to enjoy during their movie marathons. Then, after dinner they all went over to our new property for a bonfire and s’mores. Although the rain tried to stomp out the fun, our volunteers kept roasting marshmallows and didn’t let it ruin the night. When all the s’mores were gone, the kids laughed and played and danced until it was finally time to return home and go to bed.

Day four the kids had a very special trip to the pool. They loaded up the van early in the morning and drove to Aguas Calientes, a beautiful heated pool with a park and zoo attached. The kids swam all morning and probably would’ve kept going through the night had they been able to. But, they took a break for lunch, which was a delicious barbecue the caregiver’s had prepared at the park while the kids swam. Then, after lunch, they watched the animals in the zoo and conquered the giant slides on the playground. when we loaded up in the van to head home, the kids were falling asleep in their seats.

The final day of vacation the kids traveled to Antigua to take part in a class our co-founder Jennifer was instructing. A few of the kids spent their morning with Jennifer’s students, while the rest toured the city. The kids participated in lots of fun activities with Jennifer’s students and all came away smiling with their bags of goodies and crafts they had done that day. The other kids got to travel the ruins of a monastery and take a trip to the top of a hill to overlook the city. After the morning activities, we all met up and had a fun lunch out at McDonalds before taking our happy, exhausted kids home for the day.

We are so blessed to be able to share in these special moments with the kids and were so glad to see them smiling and enjoying their week of vacation! See all their pictures from their week here.

Brookdale 2015

IMG_1015The second week of June we had the pleasure of hosting a great team from Brookdale in St. Joseph, Missouri. Their first day with us, the team held a picnic lunch in the backyard of our new property. Then, they began their days of hard work renovating our home. The group continued work on our big project for the summer, tearing down the old front wall of our new property to make room for a new one that fits our needs. They worked hard to continue digging away a hole for our water pump to move to and they also installed toilets and sinks to finish our preschool bathroom. Over at our current home, they put a coat of fresh paint on our walls to help brighten up the house.

When their hard days of work were done, they played board games, colored, and loved on our children. Their last day they held a big celebration for all our kids. Since Leticia and Carlos’s birthdays fell in July, the team bought a piñata to celebrate them. They also had a pizza party and brought presents from each of the kids’ sponsors. The kids had a blast and were so thankful for all the special moments they shared with this great team! See photos from their week at Hope for Tomorrow here.

Episcopal Diocese of Lexington

IMG_0846Hope for Tomorrow kicked off the summer this month with a great group of volunteers from the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington. During their week of service at Hope for Tomorrow they began projects at the new property as well as spent the afternoons leading activities with our children. Everyday you could see Christ in the fantastic group of girls as they came smiling and willing to work.

The group began work digging up the old wall in our front yard. They worked hard and dug two trenches up to their knees in order to knock the wall out. They also began clearing a hole in the front of the house for our new water pump that will allow us to have purified water at the new property. Another project the girls took on was the new preschool bathroom. They were able to set up the plumbing, paint the walls, and lay the new floor to create the beginning of a beautiful space for our preschoolers to use. After each hard day of work, the girls would head over to the children’s home and spend time with the kids. They made masks and bracelets, played games, performed plays, and taught the kids bible stories.

Thanks to the Diocese of Lexington, we were able to start our summer off great! Their hard work and time invested in our kids will be remembered and carried on for years to come. See pictures of their hard work here.

Crossroads Baptist Church Trip

IMG_4475The last week in May, we had the pleasure of welcoming Crossroads Baptist Church from Ft. Myers, Florida to our children’s home. The group of eleven youth and adults spent a week at our home doing repairs, painting, etc. as well as putting on VBS for our kids.

While the kids were at school in the morning, the team worked on construction projects- painting, repairing our roof, fixing our shower,  etc. Then, when the kids returned in the afternoon, the group had VBS-type activities planned for the kids to participate in. Throughout the week, the kids learned the story of Jesus’s birth, life, and crucifixion through stories, crafts, and games. From constructing mangers out of pretzel sticks to making baskets of fish and bread, the kids learned of Jesus and His love for them in fun and meaningful ways. On the last day, the team even put on a skit telling of creation, the fall, and our salvation through Jesus Christ.

We are so thankful for groups like this one who come down and not only invest in making our home a better place to live, but enhance our children’s lives through creating real relationships with them. It was apparent how much of an impact the team had when it came time to say goodbye and there was not a dry eye in the place. We know their impact is not only lasting in this lifetime, but for eternity.

Check out the pictures of the group’s time with our kids below.

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Hope Children 2013

8758335601_65617048f6_zIn March, we had a team from Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, OK come and spend some time with our kids. One of the projects they took on was taking new pictures of the children. The pictures turned out great and we are so thankful to the group for taking the time to bless us with new photos! See the new pictures below.

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Trip to the Children’s Museum

8746027026_0d8bacbe68_zAt the beginning of this month, the preschool kids took a trip to the Children’s Museum, an interactive science museum for children. At the museum, they started off playing with big bubbles and even got to stand and be surrounded in a gigantic bubble. They were so excited about that, it was hard to get them to leave! They ran around excitedly to each new room, filled with new adventures and things to explore. They got to play a life-size game of Operation, then drive and perform “surgery” on an ambulance. Then they moved on to fighting “germ” punching bags. They learned about nutrition and shopped in a market, where they tried to fit the entire store in their tiny carts. When they were done getting their groceries, they played in the ball room, where they worked to load up all the plastic balls to the bins in the ceiling. When the bins were full, an alarm would sound and all the kids would run, screaming, to the center of the room where the bins would open and shower them with balls. Then they took a break for lunch at Pollo Campero, one of their favorite restaurants. After lunch, they headed back for more adventures. They learned about the constellations in the sky, and Sarai even got to be launched into “space” in a bungee swing. When Astronaut Sarai returned, they learned how to make paper and learned about static electricity. Once they had exhausted the adventures inside, they moved to the outdoor playground. When they had were done exploring outside, they said their goodbyes to each and every station, loaded up in the car, and quickly fell asleep. It was such a special day for the kids to be able to go out and have fun learning and exploring and we are so blessed that we were able to share that with them.

Pictures of the kids’ exciting day at the museum are below.

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Mother’s Day

8744939253_ba0cd3c786_zThis year for Mother’s Day, we planned a special afternoon to celebrate all the fantastic mothers we have here at Hope for Tomorrow. The afternoon started with their favorite food, KFC, for lunch. It was a bonus that no one had to cook! After lunch, the kids had prepared special presentations to tell the moms just how much they love them. Delmy worked with the younger kids on a skit, Amelia and Katy did a dance, and Lidia and Edwin recited poems about how special mothers are. After that, each kid spoke about how much they love their moms and just how much they mean to them. We are so blessed to have such great women to pour into our children.

Below are pictures from our Mother’s Day celebration.

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