Restoration Homes – “El Camino” (boys) / “El Alfarero” (girls)
After their stay in El Toborochi, the child moves into in the Restoration Home (also located outside of Santa Cruz), where they are met by a welcome party hosted by full time staff as well as the youngsters already living there. This is likely the first time this child has experienced safety, shelter, healthy food, and of course rules! Everyone shares in the responsibilities of the home – cleaning, tending to the vegetable garden or the chicken coop, and group cooking on the weekends.
We home-school each new youngster for at least the first six months while they gain stability and adjust to their new life. Because most of the street children have been out of school for some time, we also provide in-home teachers as well as psychologists and social workers to help them heal and progress. Once back in full time education for two years, we move them to a local private Christian school which provides a higher quality education, one rooted in a biblical world view. During the secondary years, they continue in school, either to learn a vocation or prepare for university.
We pay particular attention to the children’s spiritual development through church attendance and Bible studies, but we don’t push a particular doctrine or demand instant conversion – rather, we simply minister to each child in practical ways, continually emphasizing God’s unconditional love and mercy, and always reminding them that they are valued and they are loved.