At Pursuant we believe it is important for each of our employees to be involved in causes that are close to them. As we help nonprofits raise more money with our professional lives, we also give time, money, and work from our personal lives to help those in need. Wendy Anderson, our Accounts Payable Administrator, recently took a trip to the House of Hope in Nicaragua. She reports on her trip:
Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The streets are lined with graffiti, litter and metal building. HOH (House of Hope) is a fenced in community providing protection, shelter, education, and two meals a day to families and girls rescued from severe poverty and sexual abuse in Managua. Mission teams provide the funding and labor needed to build houses and provide for other needs of HOH.
Hundreds of women and girls have been changed by the love of the Lord through the HOH Tuesday morning outreach. Over 500 women from the Managua area travel to HOH on Tuesday mornings to listen to a bible study before making jewelry and cards for sale by HOH. Mission team volunteers hold babies to help the women focus on working since each table is paid per item completed. This provides an alternative income for these ladies.
During our trip, there were fourteen women living in townhouses with their children and twenty-four girls ranging from age six to fifteen living in the dorms. They often don’t have water and use barbed wire for clothes lines to prevent the wind from taking their clothes. The goal for the residents living at HOH is to provide them with the education and means to make a living. The housing is basic to encourage the desire to move on after completion of the program.
Our first experience with the HOH residents involved full pedicures. Each lady received two nail polishes as well as a bag full of pedicure supplies as a gift after being pampered. Our last experience included a dinner party followed by games and dancing. Since their meals mainly consist of rice and beans, we provided dinner consisting of chicken, rice, cucumber salad, and cake. No food went to waste as the women cleared the plates and took all leftover food (including bones and food that fell on the floor) back to their townhouses for another night.
Each day we were at HOH, we held a two hour afternoon program including crafts, testimonies, bible studies, skits, and games. In a separate area, we also provided entertainment for the children under ten including reading books, putting together puzzles, playing sports, and decorating the sidewalk.
Overall, the experience was inspiring and unforgettable. I was truly blessed to be a part of an amazing team of fifteen ladies ministering to a group of women and girls by physically showing God’s unconditional love.
If you want to learn more and support the House of Hope, you can visit their website here.