Could you drink water with mosquitos in it? Or water so full of chemicals it appears white? This was the daily struggle Wendy endured. Now, Wendy not only has access to clean water, she receives nutritious meals, medical care, an education, and all 13 different aspects of care given to every young girl living at Villa Esperanza.
(Watch more Join The Village videos at the bottom of this page.)
What is Join The Village?
Join The Village is a campaign giving you the opportunity to transform the lives of girls living at Villa Esperanza, our home for at-risk girls in Nicaragua. These girls come from some of the world’s worst circumstances (many used to live inside a garbage dump). Your generous monthly support transforms their lives because it helps provide the holistic care they need to thrive today and build brighter futures for tomorrow. Even a small monthly gift will forever change the life of a girl like Wendy.
Will you Join The Village?
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 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:
Will you 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)
*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.
View all 12 other aspects of care the girls at Villa Esperanza receive plus some bonus videos:
Leyda ensures the health and wellness of each girl at Villa Esperanza by scheduling their medical appointments. Thanks to these medical appointments and the rest of the care provided by the Villa program, more than Luisa’s hearing has improved—her life has, as well.
In this video, Jennifer describes how the education she receives at Villa Esperanza is impacting her life, while Josenit, a teacher at the Villa, explains the love she has for her job and the girls she teaches and tutors every day.
Meet William, head of maintenance at Villa Esperanza, who is dedicated to providing reliable shelter for girls in our program, such as Xochilt. Before joining the Villa, Xochilt lived in a house made of tin and cardboard with her mother and siblings.
Vision and Introduction
In this video, the Directors of Forward Edge Nicaragua, Wilbert Alvarado and Gloria Sequeira, share their vision for Villa Esperanza and how it began. One of the original Villa girls, Katherine, also shares about her transformation since joining the program when if first opened nine years ago, and about an exciting new development in her life.
In this video, Forward Edge Founder and President, Joseph Anfuso, explains what the Join The Village campaign is and why it’s important.