Will you Join The Village?
Join The Village is a campaign to recruit as many child sponsors and village partners as possible for Villa Esperanza, our home for at-risk girls in Nicaragua. We’re thankful this program is growing both in the quality of care and number of lives impacted, but it has also grown in cost. Our goal is to raise $10,000 in sustainable monthly income by December 31, 2017.
You can “join the village” by doing one of the following:
- Sponsor one of the Villa girls ($38/month), or a second if you already sponsor one. Learn how sponsorship works.
- Support the program as a village partner at $25/month (you can do this along with sponsoring a girl)
- Give a special single gift ($300 would be equal to one year at $25/month)
Why are we doing this campaign?
As the famous old African proverb says, “it takes a village to raise a child.” And that village needs to be larger when we’re talking about 30 girls who’ve come from one of the world’s most traumatic and impoverished environments (like living in a garbage dump). But there’s no doubt God is producing incredible transformation through this village. You can literally see it in the photos of the girls. Look at these photos of Xochilt (pronounced “So-sheel”) for example…
What sets the Villa apart?
What sets the Villa apart is the level of care we offer. Most child sponsorship programs typically only cover the cost of a weekly meal, a Bible study, and occasional vaccinations. Or they just cover education. The Villa offers daily food and lodging, quality education, health care, counseling, tutoring, and 24/7 discipleship. A world-renowned expert in child-focused community development recently called the Villa “the best program for vulnerable children I have ever seen.”* Here’s a snapshot of what the high-quality, comprehensive care looks like for the girls at Villa Esperanza:
It’ll take significant comprehensive care to continue transforming the lives of these girls, and the lives of more generations to come. You might say it will take “a village of people” investing in them, including mentors, doctors, tutors, psychologists, guards, maintenance workers…and people like you, who can help financially provide for this care.
Over the next six months, we will be sharing videos that introduce you to the unique village members who care for these precious girls. The girls themselves will also share about what this care means to them. It literally takes a village to transform the lives of these girls, but once you meet any of them, it only takes a second to see how much they’re worth it.
Will you Join The Village?
*Dr. Ravi Jayakaran serves as the Senior Associate for Integral Missions for the Lausanne Movement. Over the years, he has managed programs for tens of thousands of at-risk children in India, China, and Cambodia.
Watch more videos below.
In this video, Forward Edge Founder and President, Joseph Anfuso, explains what the Join The Village campaign is and why it’s important.