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September 2022 Happenings
Hope House in Mexico

"Everyone is back to School"

Here is our monthly (más o menos) newsletter to keep our friends and family updated on what is happening with Hope House Children's Relief (HHCR) and Hope House in Mexico. For those who don't know, HHCR is our not-for-profit 501(c)3 and all donations received are directed solely to Hope House (Casa Hogar Mi Esperanza en el Corazon) in Ixtlahuacan de Los Membrillos, Jalisco, Mexico. The newsletter will provide updates on the boys - especially the new ones - a little insight into the staff, teams, vocational training, projects, and items of special interest.  If you know of someone that would be interested in HHCR/Hope House, Mexico updates, they can subscribe here.

A copy of last month's newsletter can be found here.  If you go to this website there is a link to all previous newsletters.
Our Boys
Hope House remains at 19 boys. Hope House is still looking to continue growth as the facilities, staff, and finances have the ability to support more.
Introducing the Boys
This boy for this month is Alexis.  The following are words from Annel and his photo is below.
This is Alexis and he is 10 years old. He entered the home a year ago together with his brother Oscar. During this time he has learned to follow the rules and have better control of his emotions. He has needed help but now he is a calm child.

He is currently studying for 4th grade of elementary school. He likes to play soccer and his favorite team is America. He really likes ghostbusters movies and listening to music.

His favorite food is pizza and his favorite color is blue.

Alexis still has a lot to learn but with the support he needs he will be able to accomplish each of his goals.
Only One Birthday This Month
The birthday boy this month is the Alexis who we just introduced. He celebrated his 10th birthday. Below are photos of his celebration. the first one is of Alexis and the second is with support of all the boys who weren't at school when the celebration occurred.
Highlight of the Month
As the government  often does, they visited Hope House to evaluate how the home operates in meeting the needs of the boys. The government does not provide financial support but they are responsible to ensure that children, like those in Hope House, are treated well, fed and have  total security. Hope House was had such an inspection this last month. Suffice it to say that the staff and facilities received very high marks. This is due to the fact that the staff really cares for the boys and that the staff really is concerned about the boys well being physically, mentally, and spiritually. To provide a quality home for the boys, the facilities are very well maintained and the boys feel very comfortable and secure and know that someone really does care for them. Helping the boys achieve a fruitful future, education is high on their requirements list. To achieve this, vocational training and tutorial support are main items of Hope House.

Everyone is proud of what has been achieved with regard to an excellent home for abused and neglected boys as manifest by the high marks. 
School is Back but Activities Remain
The boys have returned to public school. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that activities stop on Hope House campus. The boys go to schools at different times, some in the morning and others in the afternoon. Because of the schedule difference, different groups of boys are present on campus and so the activities change. Three boys in the older boy's English class are now in public school and so are missing out on learning English for now. However another boy now attends this class.

The below photos are a representation of some of the activities. Even though there may be a smaller number of boys at a time to attend to, the staff (orientadoras) are still necessary to keep working with¡ them. The top two photos are of group photos of the boys. And just like boys anywhere, they have to clown around for photos, like in .the two group photos below. 
The type of activities that take place are playing various games, indoors and outdoors, and crafts. Below are two photos of some of the boys playing games with the staff. The red and yellow squares in the back patio are always busy with activities..
Not only are the staff busy with various activities, they are still responsible for taking care of "owies" and hygiene. On the left below is a photo of one of the staff attending to an owie on the foot of one of the boys . On the right the boys are being taught by Annel about the importance of hygiene prior to going into the dining room to eat. With nineteen boys, the work never ends.
One of the premier vocational training elements is the aquaponics. The system is in continuous use  producing organic food for the kitchen. Below  are photos of the boys preparing the flow beds for seeding and further below of the corn harvest. The first two photos are cleaning out the flow beds, which is a pretty messy job. In the photo on the left is of the boys emptying the water. The boy in the forefront is Hugo, who is the newest member of the English class. Although he has just started, he is a rapid learner. On the right the boys are sweeping up the sludge and some algae in preparation for planting again. The lettuce crops, associated with the flow beds, yield significantly large crops.
Not only is the lettuce crop significant, but the corn crop is always quite large. Corn is ripening now and is very popular grilled and hot sauce poured on top. The photo below is of Josué with and armful of corn ready for the annual grilled corn feast.  This is just one of many armloads.
Scholarship Program
We currently set aside a scholarship account that has $3335 available for scholarships for the boys. This is an excellent start and we are looking to see this grow so that the boys really have hope for the future.

This account is the result of one of HHCR''s generous donors who has raised the question of a scholarship program and another donor that has been providing donations designated for scholarships.. The timing is very appropriate as some of the boys are 16 and 17 years old and university is a distinct possibility in the next year or so, as is the case with Toño featured in last month's newsletter.. University is very affordable in Mexico. For example, an architecture degree can be obtained from a private university for approximately $150 per month. So it is doable. The most important considerations are: are the boys interested and motivated to pursue a degree and/or have they met entrance requirements. Because of their backgrounds the lack of preparatory school can be challenge. However Hope House tutors the boys for this possibility. The one or two year time frame allows working out some of these issues. However, it will be good to have a scholarship program in place.

The question is, would there be sufficient interest for Hope House to pursue such a program? Feedback would be greatly appreciated as many issues need to be resolved and a one to two year timeframe helps.
Van Replacement
Because of a worldwide chip shortage, this project is still on hold. Suitable vans just aren't available right now. When a van becomes available, we have the funds to buy it

The HHCR website provides the capability to direct funds for the purchase of a van. Click on "Donate via Hope House Children's Relief Website" below and then click on "Van". If you use PayPal Giving Fund, reply with an email designating the van as the desired donation
Hope House Videos

A link to a Hope House promotional video can be found here. Another video, made when the Creekside Bible Church team was at Hope House can be found here. If you have never been to visit Hope House as a team, you can see from the videos how special that time is. Just contact us here and we will set things up for you.
Donation Options
Remember, HHCR has been approved by PayPal as a legitimate 501(c)3 charity. This makes HHCR part of the PayPal Giving Fund. The impact is that all donations made through the PayPal Giving Fund are free of any fees. And since HHCR operates without any management fees, every dollar donated through use of the PayPal Giving Fund button goes 100% to Hope House. Some of our donors have already made use of this opportunity to donate to HHCR.  Donations, including recurring donations can also be made via Clover Donations through our website, PayPal, bank transfer, or via check to our Laredo address.  At this time the PayPal Giving Fund only works for one-time donations. Recurring donations can be made through the regular PayPal link.

HHCR is now also registered for Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) with Fidelity Charitable. 

You, too, can make a difference.

Even the smallest donation helps a boy have the safety, security, and love of a home environment, plus the education to succeed in life.

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