Who we are

Transforming the lives of street children

Inspire children and teenagers who live on the streets to leave the streets, and be rescued and restored through the love of God, developing their potential in Christ to impact society.

Operation Restoration is a ministry of Youth With A Mission, called to work in unity to rescue and restore children and teenagers who live on the streets of Bolivia, showing them the character of God through processes of quality and excellence.

Roger & Isha Hulford,

Founders of Operation Restoration, Founded in 1991

Operation Restoration is a ministry of Youth With A Mission working with children and teenagers who live on the streets of Santa Cruz, Bolivia to give them a future. Established in 1991, we now work among the 5,000+ street children that live on the streets of this city. Santa Cruz is one of the fastest growing cities in Latin America, having grown from a population of less than 700,000 in 1991 to more than 2.1 million in 2012.

The focus of our work is to show God’s love in a practical way encouraging children and teenagers between 8 and 17 years of age, who live full-time on the streets, to leave streets, offering them the opportunity of coming into our Reception House, “El Toborochi”, before going on to one of our two Restoration Homes, “El Camino” for boys and “El Alfarero” for girls.

Once in one of our Restoration Homes they return to full-time education, are supported psychologically, socially and spiritually, with the aim of the youngsters coming to a personal knowledge of God and His purpose for their lives, achieving a high school education and preparation for adult life. They then move to our Reintegration Home where they are able to continue with further education and become established in a local church, as they begin to gain their independence and establish themselves in the society that once rejected them.

All this is achieved through the following:

First Contacts – street work focused on helping with their most basic needs, especially in the area of First Aid and medical attention

Reception House “El Toborochi” – the initial step off the streets for around 5 days prior to going into one of our Restoration Homes

Restoration Homes “El Camino” for boys and “El Alfarero” for girls – residential homes for the children/teenagers until they graduate from high school

Reintegration Home “Torre Fuerte” for boys – a residential home where the youngsters can continue with their further education while working towards their independence.


Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus Christ personally to this generation, to mobilizing as many as possible to help in this task, and to the training and equipping of believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. As citizens of God’s Kingdom we are called to love, worship and obey our Lord, to love and serve His Body, the Church, and to present the whole Gospel for the whole person throughout the whole world.

We of Youth With A Mission believe that the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative Word, revealing that man is created in God’s image, that He creates us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ that although all men have sinned and come short of God’s glory, God has made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, that repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God’s initiative of  grace toward us, that God desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, and that the Holy Spirit’s power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishing of Christ’s last commandment, “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature”. Mark 16:15

Begun in 1960 by Loren Cunningham, YWAM has grown to over 18,000 full-time staff and more than 50,000 short-term participants annually. YWAM is a completely volunteer organization comprised of people of all ages

There are more than 450 ministry locations in over 180 countries around the world. YWAM workers have ministered in every nation of the world.