Service Project


Service ProjectDuring camp, a variety of authentic Latin American foods are available for purchase in the cafeteria. Coffee, soda, and sweet empanadas are available all day long. Empanadas, tamales, quesadillas, rice, beans, chips, and a daily special entree are available during the lunch hour. Proceeds from food sales will be donated to the Annual Service Project. Ala carte prices range from $1-$3.

La Semana 2016 Service Project

Update: Confirmation of gift toAyúdame

Ayúdame Milk and Diapers

Ayúdame logo

The Ayúdame Association provides a safe home for vulnerable children and vital services for expecting mothers in Bogota, Colombia. We hope to supply them with much needed basics – milk and diapers – as our Service Project for La Semana 2016. It’s an excellent opportunity to support Latin American families and celebrate our country of focus this year: Colombia!


In 1977, a Colombian woman named Clemencia Gutiérrez Wills started a nursery for abused or abandoned infants and children in the Casablanca neighborhood on the outskirts of Bogota. In the 38 years since, Ayúdame has provided protection for over 3,800 vulnerable children.

Five years later, the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF) granted Ayúdame a license to provide international adoption services.

Picture of little girl

After becoming an established foster home, Ayúdame expanded to provide vital services to expecting and nursing mothers in the same region.


Ayúdame means “help me” in Spanish. Their goal is to provide a better future for children. This important non-profit organization operates in two locations (La Calera and Morato) to support its three key programs:

  1. Protect and care for vulnerable children under the age of 8
  2. Find suitable families for children placed for adoption
  3. Provide supplies and assistance to expectant or nursing mothers

By 2018, Ayúdame hopes to become an example of institutional excellence for early childhood and motherhood development and protection programs in Colombia and elsewhere in Latin America.

Picture of children at AyudameThe association has an anthem entitled Help Me which speaks for the mothers and children receiving support there. Watch it now.





Help me find an opportunity

Help me find love, peace and friendship

Help me find more beautiful life

Help me to live better and be happy


I not want you to give me things that do not make me happy

I want to show the world that life is better

Ayudame picture 3Just a little love


Share with me the joy of a home

I just need to feel your helping hand

Give me a reason to live


A new hope is born today within me

Thank you for being the guide, fighting my way,


Thanks for listening


Support Ayúdame at La Semana

You can help Ayúdame continue its important services through your participation at La Semana. The association will use the money we raise at La Semana 2016 to provide milk and diapers to the young children and mothers who receive support in both of their Colombian locations.Picture of Latin American food

Supporting Ayúdame at camp is easy, fun, and delicious! Just come to the lunchroom at the church anytime until 2:30pm each day of camp to buy some sweet empanadas and fair-trade coffee. Various types of soda will also be available if that’s more to your taste. During the lunch hour, enjoy savory rice, beans, quesadillas, chips and salsa, tamales, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as other daily specials.

La Semana logoAs a special treat, Pollo Campero will bring in fried chicken, yucca fries, and plantain chips one day during camp. Pollo Campero is a famous and beloved food chain located throughout Guatemala; it has expanded to 15 other countries, including a local franchise in Saint Paul, MN.

Everyone at the Junior Teen Base Camp can participate too with the mini food stand that will be available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. During the lunch hour, enjoy a selection of Latino specialties and treats along with various sodas.

Check the La Semana Website or daily newsletter for specifics on the menu each day at camp. All proceeds from food sales (after expenses) will be donated to the Ayúdame Association. Of course, your tax deductible donations are also welcome.

You can find out more about the Ayúdame Association’s important work and see some photos at

Picture of beds at Ayudama


Update on 2015 Service Project

El Amor de Patricia

Last year’s Service project for La Semana focused on El Amor de Patricia, a children’s home in San Lucas Sacatepéquez, near Antigua, Guatemala. There, around 30 children have found a safe, familial environment to call home and area families receive bunk beds and other types of support to help them realize their full potential.

Through profits from food sales, donations, and a table at Market Day, La Semana generated approximately $3,200 toward the purchase a used pickup truck. El Amor de Patricia uses the truck for the many necessary deliveries required in their programs, including supplies for the children’s home and bunk bed donations for area families in need.