Last Wednesday, Love & Hope Children’s Home marked its 10 year anniversary. Continuing to celebrate our “birthday week,” we’d like to share a bit about two of our little boys (and best buddies), Salvador and Antonio.
Salvador (Chamba) arrived at Love & Hope Children’s home when he was just four months old. Today, as a nine-year-old, he is one of our most recognizable and memorable children. Every visitor who comes through our door seems to meet Chamba first, and this meeting usually coincides with a massive bear hug and a wet kiss. Chamba is a helper. Just say the word, and he is at the side of his amigo Antonio, to help him get from one place to another or bring his food to the table. Of all of the sibling groups that live at Love & Hope, Chamba and his sister Linda are probably the closest pair. Linda constantly comes to her little brother’s aid and defense; they take care of each other. Chamba loves school and we are excited to provide him with the opportunity to attend a new school next year where he will learn life skills and eventually, a trade. Chamba wears his emotions on his sleeve, which usually makes for some fun and sweet interactions. Chamba gets so excited to do new things; he gives the best compliments and the best hugs.
Antonio is Love & Hope Children’s Home newest child, arriving three years ago at the age of six. Upon leaving the children’s home where he was living before Love & Hope, Antonio declared that he was going to the “crystal house.” That nickname for our house in Los Planes de Renderos lasted until we moved: “Tonio, where do you live?” “In the crystal house!” Antonio is now nine-years-old and one of the most joyful children we have ever met. Antonio is thriving at Love & Hope. His mobility and strength has increased substantially, he is more independent and has made huge strides academically. Antonio is very close with Salvador, but also says that his best friend is Kevincito.
Love & Hope Children’s Home has been holistically caring for children for 10 years. For as long as Salvador and Antonio need support, Love & Hope Children’s Home plans to be there. We love living life alongside these children, and can’t wait to see what the next 10 years will bring. Our ability to serve these children is only possible because of the thousands of people who have donated to Love & Hope Children’s Home over the years. If you would like to be a part of making our vision a reality, join our 10 Years, 10 Friends, 10 Dollars campaign.