Fresh Vision for Villa Esperanza

The Road to Today “Imagine a young girl forced to grow up inside a garbage dump, exposed to extreme filth and severe malnutrition, at risk of physical abuse, rape, drug abuse, pregnancy – and even being sold into prostitution by her family for first access to incoming garbage.” These were the words we first used […]

 

10 Ideas for Choosing a Child to Sponsor

Choosing to sponsor a child is a big leap of faith. Once you have taken the first step of saying “yes” to sponsorship and helping vulnerable children, the next step can be joyful…and overwhelming!  It can be difficult to know where to start that’s why we’ve put together a list of 10 ideas to help […]

 

AIDS Orphan Dreams of Being a Doctor

Imagine with me a child, seven years old, living in a garbage dump and watching both her mother and father slowly die of AIDS-related illnesses. This was reality for Erminia (pictured right) before she joined Forward Edge’s program for at-risk girls in Nicaragua called Villa Esperanza (Hope Village).

 

The Story of a Growing Family

Meet Dan and Mary Vahalla, a couple who has stepped out in faith to grow their “family.” This is their story: We’d like to share with you the amazing experience we’ve had sponsoring “our daughter” from Forward Edge’s program for at-risk girls in Managua, Nicaragua called Villa Esperanza (Hope Village). Iliana joined our family a […]

 

2018 Mission Opportunities

Forward Edge partners with local ministries in different countries and the U.S. Taking a short-term mission team with your church, school, or another group, means being part of a long-term plan to empower vulnerable children and families. No matter which location you choose to serve in, you’ll be bringing the love of Jesus to those […]

 

Three Sponsored Villa Girls to Graduate!

Education is changing lives. One in five girls in Nicaragua gives birth by the age of 18, most often forcing them to drop out of school, and trapping them in a cycle of poverty. But the girls at the Villa are taught the values of finishing school and staying pure until marriage. Completing high school […]

 

Life Skills Center Update!

The new Life Skills Center (LSC), pictured right, is officially up and running! It’s already been used for pastoral training, a family day, and a small celebration on Teacher’s Day to honor the Villa’s tutor, Josenit. Once the funds come in to finish the kitchen, and buy computers, the LSC will be used for computer […]

 
What is "Join The Village"?

It Takes a Village to Raise a Villa Girl

Did you know the average cost of raising a teenager in the U.S. is $1,100 a month? And that’s only the financial investment. When you also consider the emotional investment, time commitment, brainpower, and sheer physical energy…it’s no wonder raising a child is often called the hardest job in the world.  Now imagine trying to […]

 

A New Psychologist at Villa Esperanza

Many of the girls living at Villa Esperanza have experienced extreme trauma in their past due to unsafe living conditions, malnutrition, and various forms of abuse. For these reasons, we’d like to introduce you to our newest Villa staff member, Jennifer (pictured right), who is a full-time psychologist. Caring for these girls holistically means nurturing […]

 

President Note – July 2017

Join The Village: Since 2008, Forward Edge has been conducting a program in Nicaragua for at-risk girls who once lived in or around the main Managua garbage dump. For almost 10 years, Villa Esperanza, or Hope Village, has been a place of healing and transformation for these girls. Many have formed genuine relationships with Jesus, […]