Meet Randy. We first met Randy through the Cusco women’s shelter, where he and his mom fled to for refuge. Since then he’s held tightly to a new chance at life through Nuevo Camino. He and his mom live off of very little, but one day he arrived to a Nuevo Camino volunteers’ apartment with a very special gift in his arms: a wooden armadillo. Randy saved up his own money to purchase the armadillo, out of gratefulness for all his family received. With their hard armored shells, armadillos represent protection, and Randy wanted to give this to friends who had shown him protection. A million dollars couldn’t compare to the heart behind this gift.
Love in Action
When Nuevo Camino volunteers visited San Juan for the first time, they promised to return with school supplies, medicines, and building supplies for the village. When they returned a few days later, they were surprised to be greeted by a crowd of people, furnished with crowns of flowers. Students had spent two afternoons hand crafting the crowns, to show appreciation to their new friends. Their gratitude was beautiful, and represented the heart of Nuevo Camino…spreading love between neighbors across the globe.
2018 has passed and 2019 is upon us! Each day holds beautiful opportunities to do something new. From our Nuevo Camino moms to our long term volunteers, each person has committed to supporting one another in walking toward better futures. From now on, destructive cycles can end. From now on, there’s a reason to get out of bed each morning. From now on, tomorrow can be better than today. What is your “something new?”
This month, San Juan parents and teachers finished construction their new school kitchen! With financial support from Something New, each family donated bricks and helped build this great new facility for the community. Check out the final product, and the steps along the way!
It’s beautiful to see our Nuevo Camino moms take what they’ve received and “pay it forward” into the next wave of families. From taking other moms into their own homes, to helping with projects in the schools, they are demonstrating how much a second chance at life means to them. They help build community each day by investing in others who join them on this new path.
These two were so happy to see their backpacks arrive, with new shoes, clothing and toys. Special gifts from their new friends in the US!