December is always a wonderfully full month for HOPE worldwide Bolivia!
Throughout each year, HOPE volunteers lovingly and faithfully build genuine relationships with children and families who are living in extreme poverty in order to provide hope, opportunities, and encouragement to help them overcome the many challenges they face. As the year comes to an end, everyone looks forward to celebrating a year of hard work and encouraging friendships together! In early December HOPE hosted its monthly Family Park Day for vulnerable families living throughout the La Paz area. (We’ll share more details about this wonderful monthly event in our next blog!)
On Friday afternoon, December 16th, HOPE hosted our annual Christmas celebration to support the 120 families within Apoyo Social Familiar, a program of Fundación Arco Iris (FAI). Volunteers from HOPE and the American Calvert School worked together to provide an afternoon filled with love, hugs, and laughter. More than 500 family members (including 400+ children) gathered together within the Casa de Paso building of FAI for games, food, and special gifts for each family and child. The Guild Against Poverty (GAP) student club within the Calvert school collected and donated high quality new blankets and water basins for each family.
Other community members gave generous quantities of víveres to fill each basin.
HOPE worldwide Bolivia is extremely grateful for the privilege of working together with the generous and compassionate people within our community of La Paz. There is no greater joy than treasuring the holiday season together with all of the many wonderful families within La Paz.