Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Restoring Lives in Santa Cruz, Bolivia
St. Paul’s partners with Operation Restoration to minister to the street children and teenagers of Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Operation Restoration is a ministry of Youth With A Mission that works with street children and teenagers in Santa Cruz, Bolivia to give them a future.
Established in 1991, Roger and Isha Hulford (parents of Emma Eppard of St. Paul’s) work among the 5,000+ street children that live on the streets of this city. Santa Cruz is growing faster than almost any other city in Latin America, having grown from a population of less than 700,000 in 1991 to more than 1.4 million in 2007.
The focus of Operation Restoration is to show God’s love in a practical way by encouraging children and teenagers between 8 and 18 years of age, who live full-time on the streets, to leave the streets by offering them the opportunity to come into our Reception Home, “El Toborochi”, before going on to one of our two Restoration Homes, “El Camino” for boys and “El Alfarero” for girls.
Once in the Restoration Home, the children and youth return to full-time education and are supported psychologically, socially and spiritually, with the aim that the youngsters come to a personal knowledge of God and His purpose for their lives, achieve a high school education and ready themselves for adult life. They then move to our Reintegration Home where they continue with further education and become established in a local church, as they begin to gain their independence and establish themselves in the society that once rejected them.
If you would like to sponsor a child participating in Operation Restoration, go to ywambolivia.org