Monday, February 27, 2012

Recycling the Dream

Dreams are not an uncommon part of what it means to be human. Although many might have a hard time verbalizing what their dreams are, it would be difficult to find someone who did not, at one point in their life, dream of something bigger and greater.

Ten years ago, Jeony and Jesy Ordoñez had a dream, but not the kind of dream that can be realized overnight. Through years of struggles and victories, their dream or rescuing children from the garbage dump slowly became a reality, and this reality exists at AFE. However the great thing about the vision of AFE is that it is both complete and incomplete.

Both realized and unrealized.
The dream of rescuing kids from the garbage dump has happened, but there is still more to be done. Each year, we are able to recycle the dream. In December 2011, AFE watched as nine students completed the first stage of their new adventure in life by graduating from AFE.

Yorleni Avila. Yorleni is currently in 11th grade
and is preparing to graduate this year.
Nine students whose lives will be forever changed.

As a new school year begins at AFE, the attitude seems to be a little different. No longer is the goal of moving kids from a life in the garbage dump to classes at the University a dream…it is a reality.

Now, we must look forward to the next class. From here on out, each year will bring a new group of students who are prepared to take that next step just like the nine pioneers before them. Each new year brings a new group whose lives can be transformed and who can become positive examples for those students who will come after them and for those in their communities.
Although the dream is now a reality, the reality is that the dream is not complete.

Please continue to pray for God’s guidance as we continue to recycle the dream here at AFE.