Restore17 currently partners with a children's home for boys in Ecuador. Each child has their unique story of why they are in this home. Some have been victims of human trafficking while others have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect. Restore17 provides holistic care making sure that spiritual, physical and emotional needs are met. Our staff does a Bible study with the boys and is always available for prayer. They serve as mentors to the boys and offer emotional support catered to each boy's individual needs. Restore17 empowers the boys through homework assistance, tutoring and technical training. Additionally, we provide opportunities for the boys to go on weekend vacations, a monthly birthday celebration and field trips in the city. In each area we serve, we seek to show the boys that they are valuable image-bearers of our Creator.
Once a child turns 18-years-old they are considered legal adults and can no longer remain in the children's home. In response, we are opening a transition home for the boys so they are not left on their own without an education or a skill set to survive. This home, Casa Esperanza (House of Hope) will be staffed by Restore17 missionaries who will provide a stable environment for the boys. Each child has unique needs which will be met individually so they are able to become independent adults. We will strive to provide the boys in our care with every opportunity to succeed and change the course of their lives. The boys will be empowered through education and job training while living in the home. Through Casa Esperanza, we will seek to restore dignity to the boys as we provide for their emotional and physical needs and provide gospel-centered discipleship as they become members of a family and a larger community.
In addition, Casa Esperanza will serve as a resource center for boys that have returned home. We have youth that have gone back to live with their biological families but still need help educationally and vocationally. We will offer tutoring to the boys and help cover educational costs such as uniforms, books and tuition. While the boys are in the home they will have access to technology for homework and will receive nutritious meals so they are able to fully focus on their studies. They will also receive mentoring and discipleship as they connect with our house parents. It is our hope that the boys see Christ-centered relationships and are equipped to follow Jesus in their daily lives.