Tommy*, like most of the kids we serve in Santo Domingo, comes from a very poor family. He lives with his mother and siblings, and his mother works long hours in a restaurant, trying desperately to provide for her children. Because she is often gone, the children are frequently left alone. As a young child, Tommy began hanging out in the streets of the barrio, not attending school, and severely neglected. The neglect also left him at risk for danger in the streets. When we became aware of his situation, we invited him to join our program.
He is now in 4th grade where he receives loving attention, counseling for anger issues, and a daily nutritious meal. Not only have his behavior and demeanor improved dramatically, but he now has a sense of joy and hope for the future. And while the situation in his home is still hard, we have witnessed improvements over the years. What a privilege for us to share God’s love to kids like Tommy, offering him resources that give him a chance to succeed.
*name changed to protect privacy