During 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
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.
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:
- Protect and care for vulnerable children under the age of 8
- Find suitable families for children placed for adoption
- 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.
The 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
Just 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.
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.
As 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 www.asociacionayudame.org.
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.