The Esperanza Home for Children was started over 30 years ago and now provides a home to over 75 children aged 2 weeks – 17 years old.
The children arrive at Esperanza by judge order having survived significant abuse and neglect. The children are cared for by a group of missionary sisters (similar to Mother Teresa’s nuns) that have dedicated their lives to creating a safe and loving environment for these children. The children are provided daily meals, clothing, medical attention, enrollment in school, or specialized education. There is also an on-site team of psychologists and social workers. But the most important factor to the children’s psychological rehabilitation is the love and care given to them by the missionary sisters.
We have partnered with Esperanza to cover the cost of education (school fees, school supplies, and school uniforms) for every child living at the home. Sometimes, children arrive at the home having never attended school in the past. To support the education of these children we provide tutors for homeschooling until the children are caught up and can enter the Mission School.
We also support special projects such as safe drinking water, hot water systems for bathing, and washing machines to ease the burden of laundry (for 75 children!). When necessary, we have also undertaken larger scale projects such as the construction of new bathrooms for the boys.
2019 Updates and Accomplishments:
In 2019, Mission Santa Maria provided school tuition, uniforms, and school supplies for 60 children at the home. During the year, an additional 22 children came to the home and were unable to enter school immediately due to significant educational deficits. Many of these children had never been to school prior to arriving at the home. In 2019, Mission Santa Maria provided funding for 3 tutors for private tutoring and classes to these children to close the gap in their educational deficits, and help them prepare to enter school.
In addition to meeting educational needs, in 2019 Mission Santa Maria provided important infrastructure support to the Esperanza Home for Children. Mission Santa Maria created a $5,000 emergency food fund that was utilized twice to ensure that food supply was always available at the home. Mission Santa Maria provided funding for two additional part-time staff to assist with cleaning and laundry in the home. Mission Santa Maria renovated two bathrooms in the space where the youngest boys live. Finally, Mission Santa Maria bought the home an additional three washing machines, three dryers, and one stove.