Don Jesús Morales Rodríguez & Doña Carmen Cordero de Morales
There is a place inside our hearts for our God, our creator. God is love and it is our duty to spread that love to others, and especially to children.
While we visited the inmates at our local prisons, we realized that one of the worst problems affecting our society, both at the local and global level, is child abuse. When children are abused, through neglect and other ill intended aggressions, all aspects of their development are stalled, and their self-esteem is destroyed. Neglect damages self-esteem; if the self-esteem is not strengthened, these children may end up in our prisons. For this reason, we wanted to join efforts to help combat this problem in our city of Mayagüez, and in all of Puerto Rico.
That is how, 24 years ago, we set about to organize and recruit volunteers to establish the first home for children victims of abuse in Mayagüez. The Hogar Albergue para Niños Jesús de Nazaret, Inc. (El Hogar) is a non-profit home that for the last 20 years has given shelter to boys and girls removed from unsafe families or environments. Here they are provided all their material needs, but above all, lots of love, which helps heal their emotional wounds and fosters stability, excitement for learning, and love for God and others. So far, El Hogar has served more than 650 boys and girls from over 43 of the island municipalities.
We have been able to appreciate and observe the changes the children undergo over the course of their stay. When they arrive at El Hogar they are often sad, malnourished, and fearful of others. With time, they begin to transform into sweet, safe, disciplined, well-nourished children. They are well taken care of by the nannies, who treat them as their own.
Our dear brothers and friends, thank you for all the help you have given us for the past 20 years to allow us to provide these children with an oasis. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much!
We are counting with your help to continue the excellent work in the lives of our children, who deserve a happy childhood filled with love. Your prayers and donations will save our children!
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