In 2014 the Lord laid the town and surrounding community of Camalu heavy on our hearts. For many years, one of our founders, Daniel, would take groups of teens to Camalu on Missions trips. The need of the people for a childrens center, and more importantly, the love of Jesus, became incredibly apparent.
Camalu is located three hours south of La Mision and is four hours south of the USA border. Camalu is a large farming and agricultural community. 80% of the population in Camalu are migrant workers from southern Mexico who have migrated for work in the agriculture fields and packing houses. People are working 12 hours a day for what is equivalent to $12 US dollars. It is hard, strenuous labor to put food on America’s table. All of the produce grown in Baja California is imported to the US. The Mexican people, who work the long hours and suffer the most, get the second hand and discarded food that is left over.
"WE HAVE BEEN CALLED TO PREVENT ABANDONMENT AND TRAUMA LIKE THIS FROM TAKING PLACE IN THEIR CHILDHOOD BY HELPING THEIR FAMILES STAY TOGETHER."
The children of these incredibly hard workers are the primary victims of these circumstances. Their parents are gone all day so they are left alone to care for themselves and their siblings, vulnerable to many dangers. Childcare programs in Mexico are almost non-existent, leaving many children roaming the streets.
Often older siblings are forced to stay at home, forfeiting their education, to take care of their brothers and sisters while their parents leave to work in the fields.
Hunger and lack of childcare is the number one complaint we hear among the mothers we work with.
As you can imagine, in these incredibly difficult circumstances, situations of abuse are very common. All of the children we have in our care have stories of trauma in their history. Sexual trauma, emotional trauma, mental trauma, and abandonment trauma. This is not how things should be, something has to be done!
We have been called to prevent abandonment and trauma like this from taking place in their childhood by helping their families stay together. Empowering parents and ensuring that they never have a reason to relinquish their children or subject them to these horrors. God has ordained the family and we are called to keep them together.