Camp Hope Orphanage
Every child has the right to learn and play
Camp Hope began in 1983 as a one-week summer day camp for special needs children. Children with muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, paralysis and other disabilities took part in swimming, handicrafts and spiritual development. Activities were adjusted individually for each child’s ability.
In its very first year, the camp drew an overwhelming number of families. It also exposed a much larger concern. Who would help these children and their families for the rest of the year, not just for one week?
In 1990 the Camp Hope founders decided to start a day care center to provide therapy and rehabilitation services year-round for disabled children from the surrounding community. Six years later they also opened a home for severely disabled orphans to provide medical care, nutritious meals and a loving home.
Today the orphanage is home to 16 disabled children and during the day they join 32 other children at the day care center where they all receive life skills training as well as therapy and rehabilitation services. Here children with disabilities discover their true potential.
Children with disabilities are denied dignity and respect
Located in the capital city of Quito, Camp Hope sits in the midst of a bustling city with cultural centers and beautiful parks. The scenery drastically changes when you walk just a few blocks away. Small shacks are spread about like litter on the hillsides with no source of clean water or proper sanitation. Here most families can’t meet the basic needs of their children who fall victim to malnutrition and diseases.
Children living in poverty who have special needs face even more horrors. They are shunned by society, left unattended for hours at a time while the parents have to work to feed their families and in many cases are abandoned.
At Camp Hope’s orphanage children find a loving home
Camp Hope’s orphanage is a loving home for severely disabled children who were abandoned by their parents. The orphanage creates a family like environment where children feel connected and safe. A housemother coordinates the staff and cares for the children with love and patience.
Fernando came to Camp Hope’s orphanage after being abandoned at the hospital because he was born with hydrocephalus. During his first six months of life, Fernando underwent numerous surgical procedures for his condition. Due to his disability no one was willing to care for him. Camp Hope opened their doors to Fernando and has provided him with a loving home for the past two years. Camp Hope is working hard to find a family to adopt this courageous young boy.
Like Fernando, Andy suffers from hydrocephalus and he also has cerebral palsy. He was removed from his family because of domestic violence and the family’s poor living conditions. Camp Hope provided Fernando with a successful valve replacement surgery that he needed because of hydrocephalus and have welcomed him with open arms into their home.
Camp Hope’s day care provides life skills training and therapy
Anderson started attending Camp Hope’s day care when he was seven years old and was unable to walk or speak. Today this smiling nine-year old is walking with assistance of a walker and is learning to speak. His smile says it all.
Karina arrives at Camp Hope’s day care every morning to participate in therapy programs where she is learning to perform daily activities by herself to become more self-sufficient. She has also achieved emotional stability from counseling and therapy.
All Children applauds Camp Hope’s successes
Until now these children’s potential for a quality life was untapped because their families couldn’t afford to give them the proper medical care, therapy and nutrition that they deserved. Without the orphanage the abandoned children would experience a life of misery instead of a home where they are loved and cared for.
Without the day care center parents would have to make a difficult decision. Do they go to work and leave their child at home all alone for hours or not work at all? In reality these families have no choice. They must work or their families will go hungry.
The dedicated caregivers and therapists work with all 48 children to offer them individualized care that they need. Camp Hope provides:
- Medical care and dental services for all the children
- Nutritious meals
- Life skills training to develop independence
- Physical therapy, psychological services and family counseling
All Children, Inc. began supporting Camp Hope because of the amazing changes in the lives of these children. Our funding helps to provide medical attention, nutritious meals and life skills training.
Important medical care and therapy
- $3,475 per month pays for the housemother and five caregivers needed to care for the children at the orphanage
- $3,000 per month covers medical care and prescriptions for 48 children
- $2,100 per month provides physical, occupational and speech therapies
- $300 per month pays the salary of one nurse
Quality nutrition builds stronger bodies
- $2,700 per month feeds 48 children at the orphanage and day care
- $1,700 per month provides nutritious meals for 32 children at day care
- $1,000 per month provides nutritious meals for 16 orphans
- $650 per month pays for food supplements that are rich in vitamins
Life skills training helps develop self-sufficiency
- $1,600 per month pays for three teachers and learning materials at the day care and training center
- $250 per month covers the costs of training workshops for parents and staff
- $50 per month sponsors one child to attend the day care and training center
Change is slow and the children need us now
The Ecuadorian government recognizes Camp Hope as one of the leading programs for disabled children in Ecuador. The foundation for growth has been established and there are so many more children that need our help.
Together we can transform the lives of these disabled children so they are given the love, care and training to help them reach their fullest potential.
Children with disabilities have so much potential if they are just given a chance to fully participate in life. What legacy do you want to be remembered for?
Camp Hope depends on private donations from people just like you. Join us in supporting Camp Hope today so many more disabled and orphaned children will see a happier tomorrow.
Please give the gift of life to children in need.
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