Children’s Homes

Changing Lives for a Brighter Future

Family Style Living for 12 Girls

By design every child is entitled to a loving home where they feel secure and can grow and flourish.  Sadly, with the high rate of abuse in Bolivia, the vast majority of which occurs at school or at home, children do not receive the love and security they deserve.

Safe & Loving Environments

Amparo homes are designed to create a safe and loving environment. 

For most of these children, the abuse and insecurity are viewed as a way of life. 

Through our Helping Hands program and partnership with other organizations we work to identify girls at high risk.  In these cases, children are in immediate risk and need to be removed from the family.

Amparo works with the families to help them understand the risks the child is in and the benefits of living in the Amparo home.  When we have built a foundation of trust the family will often agree to release their child to the home.  If the family won’t consent for whatever reason, the government can intervene on our behalf if the child has extenuating circumstances and is willing to share their story.

We work with social workers and the government to bring these children to the home legally.

Amparo homes are designed to create a safe and loving environment.  All house staff are women.  It is important for us to not expose the girls to additional risk of abuse.  Our desire is to create a family type atmosphere and thus our maximum occupancy in the home is 12 girls.

We have three house aunts that work full time in the home.  Additionally, we have another three assitant aunts that invest up to 8 hours weekly. This structure provides personal care for the girls. 

Amparo covers all expenses for the child to include medical, dental, education, counseling and spiritual growth.  The families and the government do not support the children.

The children can enter the home between the ages of 6 and 15.  They can live in the home until they are 18. After they turn 18 we help them transition out of the home walking them into adulthood. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Common Questions

Why does Amparo work with girls only?

Human trafficking has been widely regarded as the worst kind of slavery of the 21rst century so far. Every human being was created as a reflection of God, to live in freedom and dignity. Human trafficking is a crime which rejects another person’s humanity, strips freedom away from individuals and prevents them from living in the way which God has designed. Can you imagine how much worse it is when the objects are children? And for sexual purposes…  According to the UNODC 79% of human trafficking worldwide ends in sexual exploitation. Maybe a better question is: How can we, as the body of Christ, look the other way and go silent about it?

What is the core difference between the Outreach Program and the Girl’s Home?

 There are two big differences:

(1) The level of risk of the girls and their exposure to violence, neglect and abuse.

(2) The depth of relationship we have with them and what we provide for them.

At the Girl’s Home we have 12 girls between 6 and 18 years old living 24/7 there. Something extreme in terms of violence, neglect and abuse needs to happen and no healthy extended family to be found in order for the Government to bring a girl to live into our Home. Where we provide for all their needs and are fully responsible for.

In the Outreach Program we serve girls who are at medium risk. They still are in very precarious situations and exposed to violence and abuse, usually neglected by their families but there still is room to work with the families and willingness from the families to ask for help and work through the process towards a better future for themselves and their daughters. Here we see the girls at least once a week and spend between 4 and 20 hours weekly with them.

In which way what Amparo does is Jesus centered and gospel rooted?

Our vision is Bolivia free of child sexual exploitation. Our mission is to actively contribute to the end of violence against young girls in Bolivia, especially sexual violence and sexual exploitation. Through the love of Jesus, prevention, attention and protection. It is our conviction there is only complete and eternal freedom in Jesus and He is the only way to God. Abundant life can only be found knowing God. So if we want these girls to be free and have abundant lives, Jesus is the only option, to be disciples of Him the objective and to be rooted in Him the only way to everlasting fruit.   

The average cost per child in a home is $250/month.

We need your help to care for these young girls in our homes. 

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Amparo: 501(c)(3) / Copyright 2021 / Oregon, USA

  • Santa Cruz, Bolivia

  • 317-413-0027 (US)        591-766-34-609 (BO)

  • aquiles@amparobolivia.org

Mission

To end the sexual exploitation and trafficking of girls in Bolivia by providing protection, education, restoration and the love of Jesus.


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