Center Director Teodoro can vouch for that. “We have about 149 children registered. Families have felt the church’s support from day one through food baskets, medical checkups, blankets for the cold, school supplies, help with their studies, Bible lessons, training for our tutors and staff and even psychological assistance.
“God has blessed this town through this program, and we are deeply grateful,” he says.
A New Beginning
Despite the center’s support, the people’s gratitude and joy have been dimmed by two challenges. Adding to the unexpected drought, families in Alis’ community have also had to deal with freezing winter weather, making it nearly impossible to grow vegetables.
So the center staff decided to teach families to build greenhouses at their own homes.
They assembled all the parents at church to inform them of this initiative. Marisol was there.
“Even though we were happy about the greenhouse, we didn’t know if it would work. Up to this point, every plant seed we put on the ground would not resist the cold weather — it would die,” she says.
The center staff showed the parents a video on how to put together their greenhouses, hired a technician to check on them and monitor the process, bought the materials to build the greenhouses and gave each family seeds to plant for their first crop.
One morning, after several weeks had passed, Marisol saw her husband Isaias off to work and Alis to school and checked on her guinea pigs, rabbits and sheep. Then she went to see the progress in her new greenhouse — and found something exciting.