When Matilde, Julian and their five children were thrown out of their home after they couldn’t afford the rent, Matilde cried desperate tears. “I cried out of helplessness. I didn’t know what to do. All I could think was that I couldn’t leave my children on the street,” she says.
The pandemic in Bolivia has deeply affected families that were already vulnerable to poverty and crises. Unable to go out to work, they are struggling to afford to buy food or pay the rent. When the family was evicted, not only did they still need to pay the rent they owed, they also had to find a new place to live.
“On top of all the difficulties, people didn’t want to rent us a place because we had too many children,” says Matilde.
In her anguish, she realized exactly whom she could turn to. Her three youngest children are registered in Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program. She headed to the home of the pastor whose church partners with Compassion to support her children. Pastor Humberto listened to Matilde’s situation with compassion, and the church partner provided urgent support.
“During that time, it was difficult to go out. Due to the quarantine, there wasn’t transportation to move around looking for a place,” Pastor Humberto remembers. “As a church partner, we supported the family with a great part of their rent. Then, we were able to find them a house where they wouldn’t have to pay rent for three months.”
When they heard the news, the entire family was excited, happy and thankful. “The house is nicer, bigger and safer,” says Matilde. The church also helped provide beds, clothes and blankets for the family to prepare their home.
“We are all happy about this new house,” says 10-year-old Sofia. “This is my home.”