On December 3, 2004, we received our first baby, a 12 month old boy from a jail/street life! He now lives with his loving parents and sister in Italy (I visited him last year!), but he launched the adventure that continues today.
Special thanks to VivaBolivia for the grant to print our invitations and a little gift (below)!
Our calendar bookmarks! (Reverse side lists the requirements for Bolivian adoption.)
This week has been full of anniversary preparations and activities to celebrate the milestone! On December 3rd, we were blessed to be able to celebrate in government facilities downtown on our pretty main plaza. Here are a few pictures of that morning!
Getting set up (my four kids!)
Sophia socializing with some of CDA's babies
Seven years in a row of nativity pictures featuring a "baby Jesus" and our kids!
TEN years of group pictures, beginning with our first arrival (start at top left corner and go left to right)
Display of hand prints of our current children
With permission from the mother, pictures of twin boys we cared for until their mother was more stable
Also with permission, pictures of the famous "triplets of gold" (as the press called them) that we cared for 13 months, until they went to live with their mother and doting godparents
Display of the different areas of work of Casa de Amor Children's Homes
Speakers: Dra. Patricia Gisbert of Child Defense, Dr. Freddy San Millan (Director of SEDEGES), Jennifer Beaty (Founder/Director Casa de Amor), Celia Jordan (President of Bolivian Adoptive Parents Association), Maria Medina (CDA Health Coordinator)
Our administrator/social worker Rosa Sarzuri was the Master of Ceremonies
Lots of press came!!
Not very far into the program, it was standing room only. I estimate nearly 100 people (many of those children) were present!
David, our accountant, presenting Jennifer with a very thoughtful gift, a plaque commemorating 10 years of service to Bolivia's children!
Maybe after another 10 years, everyone will know how to spell my last name (at which point, it will be officially Beaty and they'll have to start over learning, ha)...
Milling about for a long time after the event, catching up with new and old friends
It was a wonderful reunion of past children of our homes. So fun to see them all again!
Two mischievous girls (both in local adoptive families now)
The twin boys (so big!) and their mother (thanks for the picture, Hannah!)
The triplets on the front row with their mother
Jennifer with the triplets, all grown up (thanks, Carla Booher, for the picture!)
The next morning, Rosa and Jennifer got up early and went to a TV interview to share more about our work. As nerve-wracking as it was to sit down under those bright lights with cameras rolling and a well-dressed journalist, we had a great time! We might head back soon for a one hour long interview.
Many, MANY thanks to all of our faithful supporters who have made these ten years not only possible but so wonderful!!
Links to other blog posts and great pictures of our 10th anniversary celebration:
~ The financial situation for Casa de Amor is uncertain at the moment. Funding seems to have slowed, so please pray for financial wisdom for all of us and for donations to generously come.
~ Please pray for the newly functioning local board of directors. They have some big decisions to be making and are seeking God's wisdom.
~ Thank you for praying for a new social worker! A very experienced one began work with us on February 2.
~ Please pray for good progress to be made in the social cases of all of our children so that their papers can be processed for a return to family members OR adoption. Several cases are in the works now!
CDA Child Sponsorship
Click HERE to find out more about sponsoring one of these beautiful children!
Due to the nature of our work, Hogar de Amor has a policy of not posting kids pictures AND names together on the internet or public places. How I wish I could, but I could easily have people from Belgium to Canada and everywhere in between writing and asking "How can I adopt [fill in the blank]?" (You can't! Yet! They're mine.) Or many other scenarios which are not good for the kids/homes, so sorry about that...
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"Attempt something so impossible that unless God is in it, it is doomed to failure."
"We can do no great things; only small things with great love." Mother Teresa
“What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do." John Ruskin
"I am only one,
but I AM ONE.
And I cannot do everything,
but I can do SOMETHING.
And what I can do I WILL DO.
And what I will do, I MUST DO,
For I AM ONE." Helen Keller
Small amounts go far in Bolivia! To donate to our children, make checks payable to "GOAL" (Global Orphan Assistance League) and mail to GOAL/Casa de Amor at P.O. Box 357, Collierville, TN, 38027. All donations are tax deductible in the US. Thank you!!
A lot of kiddos!!
Casa de Amor I, II, III, August 2008 Park Outing
"And Jesus took the children in his arms, put his hands on them, and blessed them." Mark 10:16