The children at the Ark share chores in and around their homes. This ensures they learn skills, responsibility, and discipline. Laundry hanging is done as teamwork – an older child mentors a younger one.
Along with other Ark kids, Ramona* attends ANIJA school. Today she has PE and is given the responsibility to dress in the correct uniform for the day. Houseparents guide the children little by little to give them more responsibility.
Eliana* fills her water balloon while taking a break from basketball. Visiting groups of high school students often bring fun and engaging games to play with the kids, like water balloons on a hot day.
Patricia* is an amazing athlete and soccer has provided her a healthy outlet for her natural talent. Playing on a team has allowed her to develop as a person and work with and encourage others.
House mom Jossy has blessed many kids over the years. She has a deep relationship with Rosy* and Tomas*, pictured on the house porch.
Over ten years ago, Rosy* and Tomas* entered the Ark as toddlers. On a week-long Service Team, two North American women met Rosy and Tomas. The women have watched them grow up as they have faithfully come over the years with a team from their church. A few weeks ago the women were able to encourage Rosy and Tomas as they finish their high school studies.
Once a year these house moms are blessed with a half-day retreat where they can play, share, and encourage one another. These dedicated women give selflessly and tirelessly to children who have all walked through trauma, a blessing beyond words.
Taking a break during “recreo,” the afternoon play time at the Ark, Ramona* knows her home is a place where she belongs and is loved.
House parents provide children love and care. which has often been lacking for some. Here’s Pedro* getting some love.
The soccer field at the Ark is a popular place for play time in the afternoons and also hosts games on the weekends. The children love this field; it’s one of the best in the town.
Most children who arrive at the Ark have never received a new toy. Here is Juan* enjoying his Three Kings Day gift, a remote-control car!
Most children at the Ark study at ANIJA school,. Julia* enjoys time socializing with classmates and teachers.