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Jenny’s future changes with a university education

Jenny is one of our university scholarship recipients who came to the mission home when she was 14. She says that when she came to the Mission, she felt like she finally had a true family who loved her. After graduating from the Mission School, Jenny stayed at the mission working with the high school girls. Jenny took the university entrance exam and was eligible to receive a free university education in Guayaquil, but had no way of paying her living expenses. One of our donors sponsored her and she became our 5th university student at Mission Santa Maria. Jenny is 3 years into a 5-year Occupational Therapy degree.

Jenny says she wanted to become an Occupational Therapist when she met two children with special needs also living at the Mission Home. She saw how these children needed specific help and how hard (almost impossible) it is to find help for poor children with special needs.

Jenny with Maria, the girl with special needs who inspired Jenny to study Occupational Therapy

Our University Scholarship Program was created to help young men and women like Jenny. The existing programs at the Mission all help poor children (most from abusive situations), but when they are 18 years old, they graduate from the school and must leave the Mission Home. Many children each year pass the college entrance exam and are eligible for free tuition at state universities, but can’t complete their university education since they have no money to pay for their living expenses. This means that they most likely will find part-time work with low salaries at best. The poverty that has been passed down from generation to generation continues…

Four or five years in college can change their lives forever. After graduating college, it is possible for these young men and women to find a very good, stable job, not only lifting them out of poverty, but their future families as well.

Please help us sponsor more young people like Jenny and change their course of their lives forever.

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Your monthly donation will be matched!

A donor has decided to match all new monthly donations we receive during our three week campaign. They will match new donations for one year, so your impact will be doubled!

If you are an existing monthly donor, any increase in your amount will also be matched for the year!

Please help us reach our goal!

$25/month funds school fees for a child two children!
$40/month funds school fees and supplies for one child two children!
$250/month pays for one boy two boys to live at our boys’ home and attend school!
$500/month pays for one two university students!

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One of our boys tells his story

I met Manuel six years ago when he first came to the Boy’s Home. He is a great young man and is currently taking a driving course in a nearby city. We hope to enjoy his message!

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Help us reach our goal!

Gabriel is one of the 81 children currently living at the Mission Home. His mother fled Venezuela from the economic crisis. She showed up to the Mission home a few months ago with Gabriel and his baby brother begging the sisters to take her children. The sisters told her she had to go to the police (all the children come here through the state programs). But when they told her this, little Gabriel pleaded with them to let them stay. Crying, he said he just wanted to eat and have a place to sleep.

We are kicking off a three week campaign with the goal of increasing monthly donations by $3,000. This money will help children like Gabriel live at the Mission home and go to school.

Where your donation will go:
$25/month funds school fees for a child
$40/month funds school fees, uniforms, books and supplies for one child living at the Mission home
$250/month pays for one boy to live at our boys’ home and attend school
$500/month pays for one university student

Please help us reach our goal! Click here to become a monthly donor

You will be happy to know that Gabriel is one of the happiest and kindest children here. We hired a tutor for the children who have never been to school and he dedicates himself with enthusiasm everyday. The other day he walked into the house where the Missionary Sisters live and hugged one of them. When I asked about it, she said he is so happy that she cares for his little brother he often comes to say hello and visit his brother. The kid is a sweetheart!

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