Villa Esperanza (Villa of Hope)
Villa Esperanza provides a residential facility for girls from La Chureca, “the dump.” The girls selected to live at Villa Esperanza are those deemed most at risk of physical and/or sexual abuse. They continue to maintain contact with their families, and the Villa Esperanza staff works with the families as well as the girls.
The girls live eight to a home with a housemother. In early 2013, a fourth home was built bringing the total number of young girls being given a chance for a better life to 29. Villa Esperanza has availability to house 32 girls.
Four of the oldest girls have transitioned to a semi-independent living program. They are learning to manage their own affairs without a housemother. This is an important step in enabling them to become independent eventually. These four girls are also learning a vocational trade during their time at Villa Esperanza. One of them named, Perla entered training to become an elementary school teacher. This is an opportunity she could never have had if it were not for Villa Esperanza.
Austin Samaritans paid for and helped construct one of the houses and currently funds medical care for all the girls.
Villa Esperanza is a lovely facility run by Forward Edge International. It is where Austin Samaritans and other mission teams stay while in Nicaragua. This provides income for the home.