The last Thursday of every month, Something New and the women of Nuevo Camino host a call to connect, inspire, and build this network of women. This call, Erika, one of the first moms to go through Nuevo Camino in Cusco, Peru, shares her story of hardship and overcoming. Our next call will be on October 25!
A Sunday afternoon at the park may be something many of us take for granted. For mothers who have left abusive situations, it is BIG: a BIG reminder they are not alone, a BIG way we are building community, and a BIG time to play!
Learn more about Nuevo Camino HERE.
In two weeks, Something New volunteers will join the San Juan medical clinic staff for a community health day. Community members can learn about handwashing and tooth brushing, and also have medical exams with treatment for basic conditions. A new path to new health!
Once together in the women’s shelter, Erika (right) who will share her story on September’s call, and Elena (left) have become close, supportive friends.
Last month, Yoli and Erika shared with us stories of hardships and overcoming. We would all say that through their cracks, a beautiful light shined. We have not all gone through the same situations, but THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE HAVE IN COMMON, AS WOMEN. We have all been broken, lost, and hopeless at times. And, we have all needed someone to encourage and support us — we are finding out that we are truly BETTER TOGETHER.
Many you of have asked to hear more of Erika’s story and to have more time together. Join us on September 27th for just that! You will laugh, you will cry, and you will be inspired.
Most of all, we will connect through our struggles and our victories. And we will keep creating a global community of like-hearted women who can lift each other up and cheer each other on.
Here are two ways you can get involved:
People all over the world need opportunities and a greater chance at life. We were grateful to cross paths with these little guys! Not to give a hug and leave, but to stay and give them a chance for something new too.
Parents in San Juan are working hard to build a new kitchen for the kindergarten, and dining hall for the village. Each family contributed homemade bricks, and it’s a great example of a community coming together to build a better future. Step by step…brick by brick.
Tag, jump rope and big smiles – it must be park day in Cusco!
First time in an elevator for these guys!
Tonight, groups of women across the U.S. gathered to listen to Yoli and Erika, two very special women in Peru. Yoli runs the women’s shelter Nuevo Camino partners with, and Erika is one of the first mothers who Nuevo Camino helped. Check out the video below to hear Something New’s Gwen Brown, and 11Alive’s Cheryl Preheim speak with these beautiful women! Learn more about NUEVO CAMINO and DONATE to support these incredible women and more!
“Last year, I could have never imagined eating at a restaurant and opening birthday presents. I couldn’t have imagined such a happy life,” Ruth Carina smiled as she fed her daughter birthday cake.
Last year, at just 17, Ruth Carina found herself abandoned and living under a bridge with her newborn daughter after her then-boyfriend threatened to take the baby’s life. A sympathetic taxi driver helped her find the women’s shelter in Cusco where she found safety, hope and a new start thanks to your support. Read more of Ruth Carina’s story HERE.
Her birthday is extra special this year, because at 18, Ruth Carina can move out of the shelter and live on her own. Starting next week, she’ll be renting a room from Elena, a fellow mom in the Nuevo Camino program and a mentor who will help her get on her feet and learn to learn to take care of the baby. Nuevo Camino is more than a program. It’s a community of mothers fighting together for new life and purpose for themselves and their children.
Ruth Carina is also finishing up high school at night, and looking for work during the day.
She is learning to stand on her own — and knowing Ruth Carina’s drive and heart to support her daughter, we know it won’t be long!