|Cottage at HCH|
Around thirty children live here in groups of eight with permanent house parents. It’s like a real family, with different ages, assigned chores, sibling squabbles, and lots of love and consistency. HCH does adoptions, but their system is so like a natural family environment, I’d be unsurprised to learn that none of them are suffering any developmental damage from living here. Some of the kids have special needs, and I relate that ABI has pretty good luck with finding families for such kids. I would be happy to work with HCH.
|Delia and a New Friend|
We manage to miss lunch – my third day in a row! – so we decide to stop by the Apparent Project on our way home. I’ve always wanted to go. The Apparent Project promotes family preservation through economic independence, and the products that their artisans make are beautiful. Anyone fundraising for anything should consider their program. Who wouldn’t want their amazing handmade jewelry? We have pizza at their second floor restaurant, then descend where I souvenir shop like a tourist.
We arrive home to find that the kids are all back, and what’s more two more young adult BREMSA alumni have joined us. The house is full to bursting, and I couldn’t be more proud of BRESMA’s ‘graduates.’