Tom, Elizabeth and New Hope team members visited a barrio that had been built upon a garbage dump. The walls were made of sand mixed with garbage. There was about 30 feet of garbage beneath the homes. The toxic materials within the walls and underneath the homes are destroying children. They called on several children who were once normal, happy children who are now mentally & physically challenged. One girl lives in a house not only built of garbage but cows are enclosed in an area attached to the house! The back yard is deep with manure. In order to walk to the outhouse in the back yard they have to walk through this manure! Elizabeth gave the girl a purse and a stuffed animal. She kept kissing them and saying, “gracias!” It was such an emotional day for the team to see lives being destroyed because the people simply don’t understand the toxic danger they are in.
Another little girl is bedridden and doesn’t appear to be aware of her surroundings. They said one day she was running around laughing and going to school and suddenly she was weak and didn’t know anyone or anything.
What can be done about this crisis? How do you relocate 100’s of families? How do you teach them about harmful environments? These at risk kids have been enrolled in our Hope4Kids program and New Hope will work with them on cleaning up their surroundings, getting them medical attention and will explore the best routes to save them. We will continue to update you on how you can be involved and help these kids. We will also let you know what is being done and how they are progressing. We’ve been told that to build a clinic in each of these barrios will cost approximately $5000. $7000 if you add a birthing room. One of the team members figured we could build 6 clinics for the price on one SUV! Not a bad price for saving hundreds of lives.
Proverbs 14:21 says: “It’s criminal to ignore a neighbor in need, but compassion for the poor—what a blessing! (Message Bible)
The New International Version says in Proverbs 14:31 “He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”
These verses and many others like them are the driving force for Hope4Kids when we see the hurting poor. It’s people like you who are honoring God and making a difference. Thanks for your continued prayer and support!