By Gwen Ellis, RN
Esperanza is a 42 year old single parent with four children and one granddaughter. Tiffany 21 years old has a 3 year old daughter Yani. Ninoska who is 18 years old has epileptic seizures. Finally Yerko is 7 years old and Jeruka is 5 years old. They live in the Cumbre region high in the mountains above the clouds. The journey is an hour drive from La Paz. Their home is a shack with only one room and two beds.
The mother’s name, Esperanza, in Spanish means “hope”. This family is desperately looking for hope in their current life situation. Three months ago Esperanza was in a bus accident and fractured both of her legs. On weekends, she usually supports the family by selling CD’s. The mother obtained a bank loan to establish this business. Sadly, she not only cannot walk to sell CD’s but she also cannot make the payment because of her injuries. She cannot afford the food, clothing or medication for her child’s seizures and unfortunately recently her oldest daughter fell from the third floor of a building and fractured her clavicle. In addition her oldest daughter has had to be hospitalized several times.
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. – Saint Augustine
I (Gwen) had the opportunity to visit and to glimpse at their situation and hear of their sorrows. They needed help and hope. During a recent visit of the Broyles’ the Northview Church in Roswell, Georgia immediately responded to the request for help. They spontaneously took up a love offering that will provide financial help for this family for a full year. What a true example of compassion, love and generosity.
For the charitable work of HOPE Bolivia and families like Esperanza’s you are HOPE! Thank you to Northview and to all of our supporters and donors for your hearts to help the poor. Please consider donating to the HOPE Bolivia Vulnerable Children’s Program to continue to help children and families like these.