Here at Love & Hope Children’s home it seems we are always celebrating birthdays. It’s a privilege to see so many kids experience the excitement of a new year and watch them grow. This past Saturday we celebrated a very special birthday for one of our girls, and our very first Quinceañera. A Quinceañera is a special “coming of age” celebration for girls in Latin America that marks their 15th birthday. It might be most closely associated with a “Sweet Sixteen” in the United States. The Quinceañera celebration is a fancy affair akin to a wedding reception, and contains a brief sermon, a court of close friends chosen by the birthday girl, and a dinner. It’s an event that every young girl looks forward to here in El Salvador.
It was a full and exciting day. We’d like to thank everyone who helped out by sending donations, supplies and gifts for the party. Here are just a few pictures we’d like to share with you. We’ll have a full slideshow up soon.