Friday, April 27, 2012

Honoring Mothers in the Trash Dump

Not too many of us could imagine a life without celebration. Even if we miss a few each year, our lives are filled with all kinds of celebrations.

- Birthdays
- Christmas
- Thanksgiving
- Valentines Day
- 4th of July

For many of the families that surround the trash dump community, the years pass by with very little to celebrate. Since AFE's inception, the goal of it's leader has always been to offer a holistic approach to ministry. This simply means that AFE attempts to reach these children and their families in every aspect of their lives.

That includes celebrations.

This year will be the 5th year that AFE will have the opportunity to offer a celebration for the MOTHERS IN THE TRASH DUMP. Each year, AFE dedicates and puts aside one day in order to honor these mothers with a nice lunch and gift baskets. For the past 5 years, there has been a team from the United States that has come to provide the funds for the lunch, but we are looking for people willing to donate funds to help us purchase the GIFT BASKETS.

We are looking to create 50 baskets this year and each basket will cost around $16. If you or anybody you know might be interested in helping, please click here to visit AFE's website and make a donation. If you decide to give towards this event, please make your donation under "Special Projects" and designate the funds for "Mother´s Day".

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Building, More Growth

Construction on AFE´s fifth building has continued to progress and it is almost time to begin the second level of our new three story building. While the details of this project are still undecided, the overall dream has been put forth by AFE´s founder, Pastor Jeony Ordoñez. His vision for this building includes…

-          A new library
-          Larger clinic space
-          Classrooms for K-6th grade
-          Space for an open-air café
This new building, number five, is such a wonderful reminder of all that GOD has done in these communities surrounding the garbage dump. It is so hard to believe that when AFE started just 11 years ago, Pastor Jeony and his wife, Jesy, were holding classes in the garbage dump with only a handful of students.

GOD continues to do amazing things through this ministry and it has continued to expand and touch the lives of so many young people and their families. Please continue to pray for AFE´s expansion and vision of no more children in the garbage dump.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Three lives rescued from the Trash Dump

AFE proudly welcomes three new babies to the nursery this week: Jefferson, Genesis, and Angie.

Jefferson is a 2-month-old with a full head of hair that came to AFE’s clinic a week ago severely dehydrated. His mother is 14 years old and has been leaving him in a cardboard box in the trash dump while she scavenges and collects trash to recycle. After less than a week in AFE’s nursery, Jefferson is drinking milk more regularly, making wet diapers, and all together is recovering from his dangerously dehydrated state. His mom is now an afternoon student at AFE and is learning how to take care of her baby through personal health education classes.

3-month-old Genesis and 2-year-old Angie are adorable sisters. Their mom is also young and works in the trash dump. Under the loving care of nursery workers Jenny, Claudia, and Suyapa, these precious babies will receive daily baths, wear clean clothes, eat regular meals, have nap time, and begin to learn and experience God’s love for them.