In just one short month, 42 people now have a new place to live. A “House of Hope” that provides safe housing to Venezuelan refugee families in Lima.
As one resident simply put it, “the first day I arrived here, I felt hope.” From going without a warm shower for over two years to sleeping on cardboard in a shared room with seven other people, these families have survived more than most of us in the United States could imagine. Some walked 11 days by foot from one country to another. Others crossed frigid rivers with their bags balanced over their heads. Most have barely been able to make a few soles (Peruvian currency) to feed their children. And all of them have faced ethnic discrimination from people who feel they are threatening their jobs and way of life.
This building represents much more than just a roof over their heads. Their kids are safe and cared for. They cook and live together as a community. They share responsibilities and free one another up to work. They learn English together. Each day is a step forward. And with a safe and secure place to live, each one is now able to begin looking towards the future….with hope.
Here are a few pictures of a “day in the life” at the Hope House!