2016-2018 WWAM PROJECT #020-8100
When we release what we have in our hands and hearts, we will see Hope Released in the lives of the hurting.
WWAM PROJECT VIDEO
Cota, located in the Central Savanna Province, is a densely populated outskirt of Bogatá, the capital city. It was founded November 29, 1604. According to the 2015 census, the population for the town and surrounding area is 24,916. This metropolitan city boasts a suffocating population of 1,200 people per square mile.
Colombia has been a country at war for over 50 years. This turmoil leaves a legacy of abuse, displacement by violence, orphanced children and high risk individuals.
Girls Safe House History
Rosalba Pérez Gómez, General Director, opened the Asociatión Jireh Provisión de Amor safe house as an answer for endangered girls, orphaned through the atrocities of war. As victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment, many found themselves without a place to go. Left without protection, girls were sexually abused and molested. They experience the unimaginable horror of human trafficking and exploitation of children in South America. The stories of the girls who have encountered the love found within the walls of the Provisión de Amor are heart-wrenching. As we come to know their backgrounds and testimonies, we are astounded to learn how they were literally grasped from the hands of those who exploited and abused them.
Provisión de Amor provides a wonderful, loving environment located in a beautiful setting on a hillside in Cota. Girls who have successfully completed the program have moved on to higher education and vocational opportunities. In spite of their prior conditions, some of the residents have placed in the top ten percentile within the country. Thereby, they receive scholarships to presitigious schools in Colombia.
Although out of harm's way, they are still in need. The safe house is lacking some amenities. The girls at Provisión de Amor shower with cold water everyday. Yet, they refuse to complain, however, because they feel blessed to be where they are.
Circles of Hope Initiative
Sister Rosalba has great vision for the future. She is compelled to provide a permanent location for the school, currently hosting over 270 students. The plan is to furnish the school's 21 classrooms with desks, boards, and computers. The technology lasbs will be furnished with iPads, desks and boards. There is the need to build safe houses to protect abandoned oys, vulnerable women and mothers. Additionally there are updates and remodels required at the safe house for girls.
It will take over $900,000 to see this vision completed. We believe it can be done by partnership as Women's Discipleship, Youth & Discipleship, and Girls Ministries join hearts and hands together for the first time ever.
Women's Discipleship Challenge
Women with a Mission will take on the challenge of . . .
- $350,000 to build a protection home for young women and mothers
- $150,000 for classroom furnishings
Part of the funding for classroom furnishings will purchase the needed iPads. We will fund the purchase of the computers for two technology labs and 21 classrooms. Additionally, 30 desks will be purchased for each of the 21 classrooms. We have committed to furnish the school with the additional materials required for effective classroom learning.
Women's Discipleship Hope Released
There are young women who find themselves on the streets of Bogatá with no hope of a better life. They are dehumanized as they are victimized by prostitution. Without intervention, they suffer unimaginable abuses and are separated from their children..
We can provide a place for them to live. We can offer protection. Through your generosity, they will be given an education and opportunity to gain job skills. We release hope into their lives. When we become God's hands releasing hope, these young women won't have to rely on prostitution for their next meal. They won't have to sell their bodies for a roof over their heads. They won't have to be separated from their children.
We have the opportunity to see Hope Released for these at-risk women. Mark 12:30-31 says, "'And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
The evidence has proven Rosalba's ministry method of restoring, loving, and providing as effective. The Church of God has caught her vision and answers the call to help. When we release what we have in our hands and hearts, we will see Hope Released in the lives of the hurting.